The Phoenix Coyotes made the first signing of free agency day by locking up David Moss to a 2-year $4.2 million contract.
Moss fills a depth role for the Coyotes and may find himself on the 3rd line with Boyd Gordon and Lauri Korpikoski. Moss had two goals and seven assists for nine points in 32 games with the Calgary Flames last season. Moss also missed 50 games with an ankle injury caused by blocking a shot. Moss has struggled with injuries having only played more than 64 games once in his career. Moss has never played a full 82-game season anytime during his six year career. When asked if he was ready to play a full season, Moss said, “I’m pretty eager to play an 82-game season. My ankle is fine now, it feels great. I’ve been training and skating and it feels fine.”
Moss can help on the power-play as well. Nearly one-third of his career goals came on the power-play. Moss’ upside is a 20 goal, 40 point scorer who can be physical. Health is the only concern for the Michigan native joining only his second NHL team.
NOTE: Coyotes forward Raffi Torres got his suspension reduced 4 games, from 25 to 21, by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday. Torres will miss the first eight games of the regular season as well as the entire pre-season. Torres will also miss the first Coyotes-Blackhawks game of the season on October 30. This opens up the possibility, even if a long shot, that first round pick Henrik Samuelsson could play in the NHL with the Coyotes until Torres returns before being shipped back to juniors.