Rob Klinkhammer signed a two-year, $1.25 million contract with the Coyotes.
Klinkhammer is coming off a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000. The upside for him now is some job security on a one-way contract. He had five goals and 11 points in 22 NHL games, and he notched 44 points in 55 AHL games this season.
Mikkel Boedker said he wants to add a mean streak to his game before next season.
Boedker has been accused of playing "too nice" by his general manager, Don Maloney. It's not something Boedker disagree with, saying he needs to learn to be a little "grumpy" in certain situations. Boedker also needs to work on his consistency in the offensive zone. The 23-year old had four goals and 15 points over his first 20 games but just three goals and 11 points over his final 28 contests.
Shane Doan does not have any regrets as to his re-signing with the Phoenix Coyotes last off-season.
Doan waited until the day before the lockout before re-signing with Phoenix. He waited so long because of the uncertainty as to whether or not Greg Jamison would buy the team as he wanted to remain in Phoenix if he could. Well Jamison did not purchase the club and it is still unknown if the Coyotes will remain in the desert.
The Colorado Avalanche might pursue Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.
Tippett's contract expires on June 30 and might be looking to leave Phoenix, due to the ongoing and seemingly never-ending ownership saga. He has a career 427-252-28-79 record in the NHL.
Mike Smith is understandably expecting a big payday as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
"I've always been on one- or two-year deals," Smith said. "This is the time in my career I've solidified being a No. 1 goaltender, and I believe I should be compensated for it." Smith was amazing in 2011-12 and even though he took a step backwards this season, he still ended up with a respectable 2.58 GAA and .910 save percentage in 34 starts. The Coyotes have expressed an interest in re-signing him, but Smith suggested that the lack of ownership might get in the way. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly argued that GM Don Maloney doesn't have any "real limitations on the club's ability to re-sign Mike Smith" beyond the obvious fact that he has to work within a budget, let any other GM does. Either way, Smith might hit the open market this summer.
The Phoenix Coyotes returned Chris Conner, Michael Stone and Alexandre Bolduc to the minors on Tuesday.
They will try to help Portland try to stay alive in the AHL playoffs. The Pirates trail Syracuse 2-0 in their first-round, best-of-five series. Game 3 goes down on Thursday night at Portland.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson played through a foot injury the final month of the season.
Ekman-Larsson didn't miss a game despite the injury, but he won't be playing for Sweden in the upcoming world championships. It was another strong season for Ekman-Larsson, who registered three goals and 24 points to go along with a plus-5 rating and 26 penalty minutes. He should be pretty high on the list of fantasy defensemen entering next season.