In a move that has become somewhat of a hallmark for the Chayka era Coyotes the team from Arizona used one of their unique abilities in this salary cap era to make a deal using their cap space, while not actually increasing their salary too much.
The Coyotes and Blackhawks have completed a deal which sees:
- Marcus Kruger
- Rights to MacKenzie Entwistle and Jordan Maletta
- Andrew Campbell
- 2019 5th Round Pick
- Marian Hossa (contract) cap hit of $5.75m but believe the Coyotes only adding around $200k in actual salary
- Vinnie Hinostroza
- Jordan Oesterle
- 2019 3rd Round Pick
This is not the first time the Coyotes have used their spare cap space to land an old contract to get significant pieces, the Yotes being on the hook for Hossa’s contract for its remaining three years. A team who can not (currently) spend to the cap, having cap space is invaluable to improve your roster through players and picks.
In adding Osterle the Coyotes solidify an already excellent defensive corps, bringing in a puck moving defenceman who, in the Coyotes system will help to spring attacks up ice. Perhaps the surprising arrival, more so the Blackhawks dealing him away is the right shot forward Hinostroza.
Histronoza played 50 games last season scoring a career high of 25 points. The most valuable part of his game is his pace, regarded as one of the fastest players in the NHL his arrival, along with Grabner a week or so ago, adds some extra pace to the Tocchet system. The Chicago area native also joins Christian Fischer and Christian Dvorak who also hail from the windy city. Histronoza will feel right at home in the desert. It already sounds like he is excited to get to work:
“Right away I know I was very excited to join such a young team,” Hinostroza said. “… Just talking to (Fischer), I know it’s a great place, he loves it there, it’s a great organization with a lot of great, young players, so I’m really excited to be a part of the future there.”
Quote from Arizona Coyotes official website.
Taking on the Hossa contract has drawn some flak from some NHL fans but, its a useful tool for those franchises who are not awash with $$’s. An added bonus to the trade, being able to swap a 5th round pick for a 3rd, is always a win! The Coyotes now have two picks in the third round and two in the 6th!