The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed forward Kyle Chipchura on Friday to a 1-year $675,000 contract. Chipchura scored three goals and recorded 13 assists for 16 points in 53 games with the Coyotes last season. Chipchura added a goal and four points during the playoffs.
Chipchura spent most of last season on the Coyotes 4th line. Chipchura excelled on that 4th line when teamed up with forwards Gilbert Brule and Daymond Langkow (both players remain unsigned).
“We are very pleased to re-sign Kyle,” Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said, “Kyle is a hard-working, versatile forward who brings toughness and grit to our lineup. We are happy to have him back.”
Chipchura appears to fit in on a 4th line with winger Raffi Torres next season. Depending on any other signings or trades by the Coyotes, center Brendan Shinnimin would be a logical replacement for Langkow as the 4th line centerman. The Coyotes are still seeking to improve the team via trade. Defenseman Keith Yandle may be traded for a top line player or the Coyotes may package some second tier defenseman for some depth forwards.
NOTES: The Coyotes need to spend $10,891,667 against the salary cap in order to reach the salary cap floor of $54 million. The Coyotes need to sign Shane Doan and two more forwards to complete the roster. While a Doan signing could come as early as next week, the Coyotes may decide to sign a centerman to compete for a 4th line role. Reports are that Daymond Langkow may still be re-signed. As of July 6th, the Coyotes line-up looks like this:
Sullivan – Hanzal – Vrbata
Boedker – Vermette – Korpikoski
Moss – Gordon – Torres
Bissonnette – Shinnimin – Chipchura
Ekman-Larsson – Michalek
Klesla – Gormley
Yandle – Morris
Smith – LaBarbera