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Coyotes’ John Chayka Says Team Going Through ‘Adjustment Period’

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It’s been a brutal start to the season for the Arizona Coyotes as the team has gone winless to open the 2017-2018 campaign.

But, Arizona general manager John Chayka says it’s simply boiling down to the team not being fully adjusted to their new direction.

“Could we have more points playing a different style if we trapped it up, slowed it down, and just played safe? Yeah, maybe, but we’re not going to reach that threshold of where we want to get by playing that way,” Chayka told Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports on Monday.

“This is the way we’re going to reach it and there’s an adjustment period. We’re going through it.”

The Coyotes fell 3-1 to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday but were encouraged by the performance rookie goaltender Adin Hill who turned aside 31 shots.

“Adin Hill was solid,” Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet told reporters Tuesday.

You’re just looking for somebody to make a play and score a goal. Guys worked hard, just couldn’t score.”

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Coyotes Sign Oliver Ekman-Larsson To Contract Extension

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The Arizona Coyotes, as expected, have signed Oliver Ekman-Larsson to an eight-year contract extension, according to a team annoucement.

Ekman-Larsson’s new deal carries an average annual value of $8.25M, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan.

Ekman-Larsson, 26, was entering the final year of his six-year, #44M deal that he inked with Arizona back in 2013 and is coming off a season in which he scored 42 points in all 82 games for the Yotes.

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Coyotes, Niklas Hjalmarsson Agree To Extension

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The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a two-year, $10M contract extension with veteran defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, according to Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan.

Hjalmarsson, 31, was acquired last offseason from the Chicago Blackhawks to provide a veteran presence to Arizona’s defensive core.

Hjalmarsson was in the final year of a five-year, $20.5M deal he inked with Chicago back in 2013.

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Coyotes Sign Kevin Connauton To 2-Year Deal

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The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a 2-year deal with defenseman Kevin Connauton, the team officially announced.

According to Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan, Connauton’s new deal is worth $2.75M.

“We are very pleased to sign Kevin to a contract extension,” general manager John Chayka said. “Kevin is a versatile defenseman with a great work ethic. He had an excellent season last year and he adds depth to our blue line. We’re happy to have him back.”

Connauton, 28, is coming off a season which saw him pour in 11 goals and 10 assists.

 

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