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Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka said he is often asked what he learned from the first season success story of the Vegas Golden Knights, who won a Western Conference title in their inaugural campaign this year.
Chayka said that the Golden Knights were a prime example of how certain players, when given a bigger opportunity, can transform their game and blossom into highly effective pieces.
That revelation formed the basis for a seven player trade between the Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.
The Coyotes acquired winger Vinnie Hinostroza and defenseman Jordan Oesterle in exchange for forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a 2019 fifth round pick. Arizona also acquired the contract of forward Marian Hossa as well as a 2019 third rounder from Chicago.
Hinostroza, 24, is a right shot winger and has registered 13 goals and 39 points in 99 career games with the Blackhawks over parts of the past three seasons. A Chicago native, Hinostroza tallied 76 points in 76 games while playing at Notre Dame.
Chayka said he and his staff view Hinostroza as one of the top undervalued players in the league and feel as though he, when given a bigger opportunity, can produce excellent future performance.
We think very highly of Vinnie Hinostroza, Chayka said in a conference call Thursday. He s got a ton of speed and skill and has one of the fastest paces in the game. He s skilled, smart Max Domi Jersey, reads the game extremely well and, when he gets to open ice, can make a lot of things happen.
Hinostroza has averaged just 12 38 of ice time over his brief NHL career, and he said he s excited for the chance to earn a larger role with the Coyotes.
I think, in Chicago http://www.azcoyotesjersey.com/tobias-rieder-jersey-c-7.html, so many of those guys are already established in the city and in the organization, Hinostroza said in a conference call Thursday. From talking to Chayka , I’m really excited about the opportunity I’m going to be given and going to keep earning with hard work.
I’m not going there thinking anything is going to be given to me. I’m going there with my hard work ethic and I just want to use my skill and speed and be a great teammate.
Joining Derek Stepan, Christian Fischer and Josh Archibald, Hinostroza is just the Coyotes fourth right shot forward, a clear area of need for the team. He is signed for the next two years with a 1.5 million cap hit each season.
It sounds like Hinostroza will get a chance to contend for a top six role as a right wing in training camp. In Chicago, Hinostroza said his role changed every night and he s excited to not worry about that in Arizona.
Hinostroza added that he regularly works out with Fischer in Chicago and also played alongside Christian Dvorak when they were kids. Fischer and Dvorak are also both from Illinois.
First I was kind of shocked, but as any NHL player, you know it’s always there where you can get traded, Hinostroza said. Right away I know I was very excited to join such a young team.
Just talking to Fischer , I know it’s a great place and he loves it there. It’s a great organization with great, young players and I’m excited for the future there.
Oesterle, 26, is a left shot defenseman who spent last season with the Blackhawks and skated for parts of three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. He totaled 15 points in 55 games with Chicago last season.
Jordan Oesterle is an efficient, puck moving defenseman and we think he breaks out the puck as well as any defenseman in the league, Chayka said. For us to play fast, we have to break the puck out, and we think he does that very effectively.
Oesterle will likely contend for the team s seventh defenseman spot in training camp, adding much needed depth to the club s blue line core, Chayka said.
I think one thing we realized last year is that we really liked our defense , Chayka said. When we were healthy last year, they could go toe to toe with any group in the league. What we found was, in the event of an injury, we didn’t have the depth to sustain and really keep that as the heartbeat of our team.
According to Chayka, the other main part of the deal was acquiring the contract of Hossa, who retired prior to the 2017 18 season.
Hossa, 39, has a skin disorder and will be placed on long term injured reserve, per a source. Hossa is signed for three more years and has a 5.275 million cap hit for each of those seasons, but the Coyotes are only expected to pay him 200,000 per year with insurance covering the rest of his 1 million annual salary.
The Coyotes are no strangers to taking on large contracts for salary cap purposes. Most recently, the club acquired Pavel Datsyuk s 7.5 million deal along with the No. 16 pick in the 2016 draft.
However http://www.azcoyotesjersey.com/tyler-gaudet-jersey-c-4.html, while previous deals such as these were made in order for the Coyotes to reach the cap floor, that was not the case in Thursday s deal. The Coyotes were already well above the cap floor prior to acquiring Hossa s contract.
Chayka said the club s ability to take on the contract was an asset to be able to acquire players the Coyotes had been targeting, such as Hinostroza and Oesterle.
With regards to Hossa, the contract was obviously a liability to them and they were trying to move it http://www.azcoyotesjersey.com/martin-hanzal-jersey-c-5.html, Chayka said. Our discussions were centered around Vinnie Hinostroza, who we rated as one of the top undervalued players in the league. Those were the basics of the discussions.
Cap space is a very valuable asset. … The two guys we got are two guys we spent a lot of time talking about in scouting meetings.
The Coyotes acquired Kruger to fill the team s fourth line center position but later re signed Brad Richardson, who held the same spot last season.
Campbell served as captain of the Coyotes AHL affiliate in Tucson last season and has not played in the NHL since 2015 16.
Entwistle, who turns 19 on Saturday, was a third round pick by the Coyotes in 2017 and is likely headed back to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League next season.
Maletta, 23, was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets system last year and has yet to make his NHL debut.
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