Wild West: Western Roster Changes – Part 1

Grant Campbell

2020-10-12

Now that the entry draft is done and we are a few days into free agency, here are the notable additions and subtractions from each roster in the Western Conference (not including 2020 draft picks). We will start with the first five teams of the Western Conference and update the rest each week. 

Anaheim Ducks

Additions:

Kevin Shattenkirk – Shattenkirk is fresh off of a Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay and will help Anaheim for the next three seasons in the top-four at $3.9 million AAV. It's a good but peculiar add for the Ducks in that they get a 31-year old veteran defenceman at a reasonable rate, but this team is a few years away from competing again. He should be good for 30-plus points, but provides little other help in most pools as his plus/minus in Anaheim will not be pretty. Even though Josh Mahura is a right-handed shot, this doesn't bode well for his future in Anaheim.

Andy Welinski – Welinski is a 27-year old who has 33 career games in the NHL, which were all with Anaheim before spending last season in Philadelphia's farm system. He is a depth signing, even though his contract is one-way ($750k) and he will probably only see time in the NHL if the Ducks run into a few injuries on defence. 

Subtractions:

Eric Gudbranson – Somehow Bob Murray got a 5th round draft pick in return and saved $4 million in cap space for next season. Gudbranson had one of his best seasons while with the Ducks last season, but the former 3rd overall pick in 2010 is not long for the NHL. 

Arizona Coyotes

Additions:

Tyler Pitlick – Pitlick will be a 3rd or 4th line winger that will play 12-13 minutes per game and get the Coyotes 10 goals and perhaps 25-30 points. He does average close to two hits per game so has added value in pools that reward hits. 

John Hayden – Hayden is another big, physical winger that the Coyotes have brought on board to play on the 4th line. He hasn't scored more than four goals in any season but does provide penalty minutes and hits. 

Johan Larsson – Larsson is a 3rd or 4th line center, but on the Coyotes will probably slot in on the fourth line and see a lot of penalty kill time. He will have a difficult time getting anything more than 10 goals but will provide the occasional hit and he becomes the second-best faceoff option in Arizona. 

Subtractions:

Taylor Hall – I was confused when Chayka made the deal for Hall as an impending UFA and I'm still confused today. With Dawson Mercer picked by New Jersey with the 18th overall pick in addition to Nick Merkley, Kevin Bahl, Nathan Schnarr and a 3rd round pick in 2021, it could turn out to be a very steep rental.

Brad Richardson – With the signing of Johan Larsson, it is pretty obvious that the Coyotes are moving on from Richardson at the age of 35. Larsson should be able to replace Richardson in most things but will score fewer goals during the year. 

Calgary