Arizona Coyotes Acquire Shayne Gostisbehere
The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Shayne Gostisbehere from the Philadelphia Flyers. The offensive defenseman has been within the rumor mill for years, however will lastly discover his method out of Philadelphia. The Coyotes will even obtain a 2022 second-round choose and a 2022 seventh-round choose, the Flyers won’t obtain something. Philadelphia GM Chuck Fletcher launched a brief assertion on the transfer:
This was a tough determination however one we thought was obligatory given the fact of the wage cap. Shayne has been a high quality participant for this group for the reason that second he arrived in Philadelphia and has been part of many particular moments in his seven seasons as a Flyer.
After touchdown Ryan Ellis simply earlier than the commerce freeze went into impact, it was clear the Flyers would wish to clear some cash earlier than the season began. Moving Gostisbehere accomplishes that, as his $4.5MM cap hit can be going to the Coyotes in full.
Ever since he signed a six-year, $27MM contract extension in 2017, there was hypothesis about Gostisbehere’s future in Philadelphia. He had burst onto the NHL scene in 2015-16 with 46 factors as a rookie, ending second in Calder Trophy voting, and adopted it up with an up-and-down sophomore marketing campaign. At first, the brand new deal appeared like a steal, as Gostisbehere racked up 65 factors in 78 video games throughout the 2017-18 season. But then issues began to unravel, to the purpose the place he was made a wholesome scratch a number of occasions over the past two seasons.
This 12 months, he had 20 factors in 41 video games, nonetheless taking part in a high-risk type that drove offense however sacrificed protection. There’s no query that he generally is a helpful piece to a crew in search of somebody to contribute from the again finish, however with the opposite choices already within the Flyers system, he had change into redundant.
For Arizona although, Gostisbehere not solely represents a participant that may nonetheless contribute, but in addition a solution to recoup a number of the property the group has misplaced over the previous couple of years. The crew was pressured to forfeit two excessive draft picks after scouting violations after which renounced one other after deciding on a participant that had been convicted of assault. By accepting Gostisbehere’s full cap hit, they’ve added two picks to the system that they will use to construct it again up.
The Coyotes, underneath the management of latest GM Bill Armstrong, now have seven second-round picks over the following two drafts. Though the eleventh choose this 12 months, which initially belonged to them, will nonetheless be forfeited, they at the very least will be capable of pump prospects into the group which have an opportunity to assist them discover success sooner or later. Twice now, together with accepting Andrew Ladd’s deal, the crew has used cap area as a weapon. It can be attention-grabbing to see if Gostisbehere really performs out his deal in Arizona, or is definitely flipped in some unspecified time in the future to a contender at a lesser value.
This story initially referenced a tweet from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet that indicated the picks had been going to Philadelphia.