Wild West: Western Roster Changes

Grant Campbell

2021-08-09

As we did last season, we will be looking at the notable additions and subtractions from each Western Conference team after the entry draft and free agency. Hopefully, this will give us some indications of the direction some of the teams are heading.

Anaheim Ducks

Addition:

Brogan Rafferty – D – Not exactly a top-of-the-lineup addition to the roster, but the 26-year-old Rafferty might get a longer audition with Anaheim than he was granted in Vancouver. He is a year removed from a 45-point in 57-game season in the AHL in 2019-20 after spending all but one NHL game on the taxi squad last year.

Subtractions:

Haydn Fleury – D – The team lost Fleury in the expansion draft to Seattle. The 25-year-old defender only played 12 games with Anaheim after being brought over last season in a trade involving Jani Hakanpaa.

Danton Heinen – F – Heinen was left unqualified as an RFA making him unrestricted. He was signed to a one-year deal with Pittsburgh for $1.1 million. He was not the 35-45 point player that he was in Boston before he came to Anaheim.

Ryan Miller – G – retired

The club brought back Ryan Getzlaf for one more season at least for $3 million but has remained relatively quiet in terms of player movement. The team is hoping to improve with their younger players and is sticking to their re-build guns. The only additions will more than likely be from within.

Arizona Coyotes

Additions:

Dmitrij Jaskin – F – The team is hoping that Jaskin can provide some much-needed offense and at $3.2 million he should be given every opportunity to succeed. 69 goals in 117 games over the past two KHL seasons and not his 27 goals in 303 NHL games is driving the salary and the hope.

Ryan Dzingel – F – Dzingel has two 20-goal seasons in his six NHL years but only eight in both of the past two. He is signed for one season at $1.1 million.

Jay Beagle – F – If healthy he might provide some good penalty killing. Beagle was part of the salary dump return for Ekman-Larsson.

Loui Eriksson – F – After only seven games with Vancouver last season, it will be interesting to see how many games Eriksson plays this year with Arizona. If he scores 10 goals, it will be a comeback story.

Shayne Gostisbehere – D – In his first four NHL seasons, Gostisbehere never had less than 37 points. In his last two seasons, he has played 83 games and has 14 goals and 32 points. There is some upside for him in Arizona and the price tag for Arizona was cheap (nothing).

Anton Stralman – D – another salary dump addition to the roster, Stralman might provide steady defensive play for 17-19 minutes per game. At 35-years old he might be on his last NHL contract that expires this season.

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