The Coyotes’ offseason hasn’t been anything special, which is a tough thing to say about a rebuilding team.
One big distraction this summer was the city of Glendale wanting to terminate the 15 year lease the Coyotes have there, bringing up questions of possible relocation, but that was soon cleared up, and they are not going anywhere.
I won’t say they are headed in the wrong direction, because they have a solid future core with Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, Christian Dvorak, Brendan Perlini, and Dylan Strome. Other than drafting Connor McDavid’s junior hockey linemate, though, nothing really stood out this summer for them.
The Coyotes main objective offseason seemed to be acquiring veteran depth. Brad Richardson isn’t a bad pickup for the bottom 6, and Nicklas Grossman is a solid top 6 defenseman. I question the acquisition of Steve Downie, though. He’s a solid depth forward, but he has yet to play a full season in his career, and his best days of scoring 40+ points a season are behind him. It could go either way. I totally disagree with signing John Scott, who has a terrible reputation.
Overall, I think they have a nice young core, but I don’t see the playoffs in sight for them this year.