Coyotes add 3 players to cap wild week

Coyotes add 3 players to cap wild week

Coyotes add 3 players to cap wild week

Raanta has been a capable fill-in for franchise netminder Henrik Lundqvist the past two seasons. Sometimes you hit, sometimes you miss.

The New York Rangers have traded center Derek Stepan and backup goaltender Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes for the seventh overall pick in Friday night's draft and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. "I think there is a trade market, a big market out there right now, a lot of names".

On Thursday, the team and coach Dave Tippett agreed to part ways, ending an eight-year run that included a run to the 2012 Western Conference Finals and plenty of ups and downs.

Chayka said there are still opportunities to add to the roster on Saturday's second day of the draft, but with the pieces now in place, here is what the depth chart looks like for Arizona.

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks in exhange for forward Laurent Dauphin. "Of all the goalies that weren't elite starters a year ago, we think that this is a guy that can do that", Chayka said. Oliver, what makes him special, is his play with the puck, his offensive side of the game, the way he makes plays. "He's an elite player and one of the NHL's top defenseman".

FILE - In this March 12, 2017, file photo, New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) plays against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Detroit. "Our organization has been searching for a true number one center for over a decade and we are confident that he can be that for us". He was traded to the Coyotes at last year's draft and recorded five goals and nine assists in 39 games for Arizona.

The Rangers have approximately $20 million in salary cap space, according to, and they need to fill some holes. He's been a backup his entire career, which includes a stop in Chicago, but has been steady. "Last year, I kind of felt that my game was finding the right way and my confidence level was getting better and better all the time". They are in a bit of cap retrenchment and leadership upheaval, looking to bring a new voice and one that's a bit more of a vocal not behind the scenes leader.

The additions have the Coyotes feeling like they're ready to take a big step.

In other moves on Friday, the salary cap challenged Chicago Blackhawks reacquired forward Brandon Saad from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Artemi Panarin, the league's rookie of the year in 2015-16.

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