Wild West:  Arizona Coyotes – Organization Review

Grant Campbell


Perhaps the biggest off-season news for the Coyotes is that they are moving their home arena (for the next two seasons at least) to the rink at Arizona State University which has a capacity of 5,000. This shouldn't have much effect on how the team plays, but it will limit the players that are willing to play in Phoenix even less than they already were.

GM and Coach

Bill Armstrong has completed two full seasons as the GM in Arizona and will be entering his third season. Before Arizona, Armstrong was the Assistant GM in St. Louis for two years. He's done a good job of stockpiling draft picks in the next two years but this roster is thin in talent.

Andre Tourigny finished his first NHL season behind the bench of the Coyotes and finished with a 25-50-7 record which was not a surprise to anyone.

Salary Cap

Next season, the club only has $990k as a dead cap for the salary retained on the Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade to Vancouver.

On paper, the team has just over $33 million in cap space available to replace eight or nine unrestricted free agents. They will need to spend over $11 million to reach the cap floor, which is probably the more likely of the two numbers.

Draft Picks

Arizona has three picks in the first round of the 2022 draft, with their own at #3 and Carolina's at #30 and Colorado's at #31. They also possess four second-round picks to go along with a 3rd, 5th and 6th round pick.

In 2023, they have a pick in every round in addition to an extra two picks in round three and an extra one in round four.

In 2024, the team already has three second-round picks, two third-round picks and two fourth-round picks to go along with their first-round, fifth, sixth and two seventh-round picks.

With 32 picks over the next three drafts, the Coyotes are in a good position to harvest some great talent in the next five years. They also possess a wealth of trade chips along the way if they choose to deal some of their picks.

Free Agents

Unrestricted free agents are Phil Kessel, Loui Eriksson, Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle, Alex Galchenyuk, Anton Stralman, Dmitrij J