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    Five For Howling: Arizona Coyotes dodged a bullet with rumoured Jeff Carter trade talks falling through

    The Arizona Coyotes improved their offence this summer with the acquisitions of Phil Kessel and Carl Soderberg.

    But things could have been significantly different had one rumoured trade taken place.

    According to Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period, during the time that the team were negotiating a trade for Kessel, they also looked into the possibility of acquiring Jeff Carter from the LA Kings.

    The hypothesized trade would have seen veteran blueliner Alex Goligoski heading to the City of Angels in exchange for the 34-year-old forward.

    The Arizona Coyotes improved their offence this summer with the acquisitions of Phil Kessel and Carl Soderberg.

    But things could have been significantly different had one rumoured trade taken place.

    According to Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period, during the time that the team were negotiating a trade for Kessel, they also looked into the possibility of acquiring Jeff Carter from the LA Kings.

    The hypothesized trade would have seen veteran blueliner Alex Goligoski heading to the City of Angels in exchange for the 34-year-old forward.

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    azcentral.com: Arizona Coyotes bring in 5-foot-3 Sean Dhooghe for prospect development camp

    If anyone were to embody Rick Tocchet's motto of "Scratchin' and Clawin," it would be Sean Dhooghe.

    Dhooghe, an undrafted 5-foot-3 winger, put up big numbers in his second season of NCAA Division I hockey at Wisconsin, where he led the team with 15 goals and finished tied for the lead in points (26) in 37 games.

    His invitation to the Coyotes' annual prospect development camp at Gila River Arena was earned.

    "The fact that someone is willing to give me an opportunity, willing to give me a chance and a fair shake really means a lot to me," Dhooghe said.

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    azcentral.com: Arizona Coyotes' John Chayka throws a curveball by trading for two-way center Carl Soderberg

    (Photo: Stan Szeto / USA TODAY Sports)

    In trading for center Carl Soderberg, Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka threw a curveball to all those expecting the scoring-challenged club to make a splash by signing a 30-goal winger.

    Soderberg, who turns 34 in October, tallied 23 goals and 49 points for the Colorado Avalanche last season, statistics that would have led the Coyotes in both categories. Chayka only had to part with defenseman Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third-round pick to acquire the Swedish-born forward.

    On the surface, it might be an uninspiring deal for Coyotes fans hoping to acquire Jason Zucker, Phil Kessel or Max Pacioretty via trade -- or those who pined for Jeff Skinner or Matt Duchene via free agency.

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    azcentral.com: Arizona Coyotes acquire center Carl Soderberg from Colorado Avalanche in trade

    (Photo: Stan Szeto / USA TODAY Sports)

    The Coyotes have acquired center Carl Soderberg from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third-round pick, league sources confirmed Tuesday

    Soderberg, 33, scored 23 goals last season and tallied 49 points. He is in the final year of his contract and is set to make just short of $5 million for the upcoming season

    Connauton is also on the final year of his contract and didn't have much of a role on the Coyotes' blue line, which is already locked up 1-7.

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    My NHL Trade Rumors: NHL Trade: The Colorado Avalanche Trade Carl Soderberg To The Arizona Coyotes

    The Colorado Avalanche have traded forward Carl Soderberg to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Kevin Connauton and a 2020 3rd round pick.

    The 33-year old Soderberg was drafted 49th overall in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft by the St. Louis Blues. He carries a $4.75 million cap hit for one more season.

    The 29-year old Connauton was drafted 83rd overall in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft by the Vancouver Canucks. He carries a $1.375 million cap for another season.

    Mike Chambers: Avalanche GM Joe Sakic: "This trade allows some of our young centermen to have a chance to play a more prominent role on our team while adding an experienced defenseman to our roster"

    Craig Morgan: Coyotes GM John Chayka: "Carl is a versatile, 200-foot player who has a history of being productive and playing tough minutes.

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    azcentral.com: Coyotes get first look at 'mature' Victor Soderstrom in prospect development camp

    Richard Morin and Julia Stumbaugh break down the first day of Coyotes prospect camp Richard Morin, azcentral sports

    Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka has been through four drafts with the Coyotes so far, but he said 2019 was by far the most stressful.

    "We had a single goal in mind going into it and didn't want to miss," Chayka said.

    When the Coyotes traded the 14th and 45th overall picks on Friday in order to select 11th overall in the first round, many expected the scoring-starved club -- they ranked 29th in the league in goals in 2018-19 -- to go after one of the offensive talents in the draft.

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    Five For Howling: Report: Coyotes interested in UFA Joe Pavelski

    The "Free Agency Interview Period" has begun, and it sounds like Arizona is ready to make a splash in this year's market.

    Joe Pavelski, a pending UFA, has been negotiating a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks for the last few weeks, but reports claim the two parties aren't close to a deal. It sounds like Pavelski is ready to test the free agency waters this year, prompting a number of teams to pick up the phone: The Arizona Coyotes are one of them.

    According to a report by The Athletic's Craig Morgan, the Coyotes have met with Joe Pavelski's agent, Dan Plante, this week.

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    azcentral.com: NHL draft grades: Arizona Coyotes' 2019 NHL draft class earns solid early reviews

    Who is Victor Soderstrom, the Coyotes' first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft? Richard Morin, azcentral sports

    The Arizona Coyotes did just fine in the 2019 NHL draft, according to early reviews for the team's selections.

    Several national publications have graded the GM John Chayka's picks and they like what the team did, with marks ranging from B+ to B-.

    While we won't know how this class will pan out for years to come, early reviews seem to indicate that the Coyotes could have really helped strengthen the future of the franchise in the NHL draft.

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    azcentral.com: Draft day tracker: Arizona Coyotes select center John Farinacci in third round

    The Coyotes will make eight selections between rounds 2-7 at the 2019 NHL Draft on Saturday in Vancouver. They drafted Swedish defenseman Victor Soderstrom with the No. 11 overall pick on Friday.

    Here is a running list of their draft picks on day two of the draft:

    Third round (No. 76 overall)

    John Farinacci, center, Dexter School (MA)

    2018-19 stats: 12 goals and 33 points in 16 games.

    Scout's take: "Farinacci possesses a smart two-way game that finds a way to impact the game even if he is left off the score sheet.

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    azcentral.com: Recap: Arizona Coyotes select seven forwards on second day of NHL Draft

    Richard Morin, azcentral sports

    Between Friday and Saturday, the Coyotes made nine selections at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

    The Coyotes made two trades at the event. They traded their No. 14 overall pick to go along with their 45th pick to select Soderstrom at No. 11 on Friday. They also traded the No. 74 pick in exchange for pick Nos. 98, 151 and 207 on Saturday.

    Here is a little bit more on the drafting of Soderstrom from Friday.

    The theme on Saturday was forwards. Here is a full recap of each pick the Coyotes made at the draft:

    First round (No.

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    azcentral.com: 'Collaboration' was key for Coyotes' new scouting department at NHL draft

    Who is Victor Soderstrom, the Coyotes' first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft? Richard Morin, azcentral sports

    Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Lindsay Hofford estimated his staff watched about 80 percent more games on draft-eligible players than any organization with which he's been previously.

    The meticulous video scouting process is just one of the many dramatic changes made to the Coyotes' scouting department since Hofford's hiring last summer. And it all finally came to fruition on Friday and Saturday at the NHL draft in Vancouver.

    Along with Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka, Hofford, who is also an assistant GM, spearheaded a uniquely collaborative approach to this year's draft.

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    Five For Howling: Recapping the Coyotes Draft Day 2

    After a surprising move yesterday, with the Arizona Coyotes moving up to draft defenseman Victor Soderstrom, they were a bit quieter today. That's not to say they did nothing, with the team trading the 74th pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for the 98th, 151st, and 207th picks.

    On the second day the Coyotes did flip the script a bit. After selecting a defenseman the Coyotes went all in on forwards. They drafted only forwards for the first six rounds.

    76th - John Farinacci

    Center

    Dexter School

    6'0" 185 lbs

    Hailing from Red Bank, NJ Farinacci is a smart forward who spent last season as captain of Dexter School in the USHS-Prep league, as well as playing for the USA U18 Selects, USNTDP, and the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL.

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    azcentral.com: Draft day tracker: Arizona Coyotes stocking up on international wingers in late rounds

    Who is Victor Soderstrom, the Coyotes' first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft? Richard Morin, azcentral sports

    The Coyotes will make eight selections between rounds 2-7 at the 2019 NHL Draft on Saturday in Vancouver. They drafted Swedish defenseman Victor Soderstrom with the No. 11 overall pick on Friday.

    Here is a running list of their draft picks on day two of the draft:

    Third round (No. 76 overall)

    John Farinacci, center, Dexter School (HS-MA)

    2018-19 stats: 12 goals and 33 points in 16 games.

    Scout's take: "Farinacci possesses a smart two-way game that finds a way to impact the game even if he is left off the score sheet.

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    Fansided: Expect The Unexpected: Arizona Coyotes Trade Up, Select Victor Soderstrom 11th

    In an unexpected move, the Arizona Coyotes traded up to the 11th spot to snag Swedish defenseman Victor Soderstrom. Soderstrom, 17, is a right-handed shooting defenseman who impressed playing against older competition in Sweden.

    The Arizona Coyotes showed yet again why even the best draft predictions are wishes and guesses, surprising fans and media alike by trading up to the 11th pick to select Victor Soderstrom, a 17 year-old defenseman who played last season for Brynas IF in his home country.

    In trading for the 11th pick, the Coyotes sent the 14th and 45th picks to Philadelphia, showing John Chayka's belief the right-handed shot was the best available fit for the organization.

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    azcentral.com: Arizona Coyotes trade up to draft right-handed defenseman Victor Soderstrom

    The Arizona Coyotes traded up three spots in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft to select Victor Soderstrom, a right-handed defenseman from Sweden.

    The Coyotes traded their original first-round pick (No. 14 overall) as well as their second-round pick (No. 45) in order to nab Soderstrom.

    Soderstrom, 18, tallied four goals and seven points in 44 games for Brynas IF, a team in Sweden's top professional league.

    The Coyotes already have two Swedish defensemen on their active roster in Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

    What they're saying

    Cam Robinson (Dobber Prospects, May 15): "A puck-moving and fast-paced blueliner who loves to create offence.

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