The Phoenix Coyotes made three trades prior to the trade deadline yesterday. Although management insists that they still have their sights set on a playoff run, their acquisitions would seem otherwise.
The Coyotes acquired a 2013 third-round draft pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Raffi Torres as well as a 2014 seventh-round draft pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Steve Sullivan and also traded Matthew Lombardi to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Brandon McMillan.
With the draft picks the Coyotes can still look towards the future of the franchise; however, Phoenix’s roster is still intact and they can make an honest effort at a playoff run as the Coyotes assistant general manager, Brad Treliving, stated to the media yesterday:
“We’re losing three players off our roster. Having said that, the core of our team is still intact,” said Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving, who addressed the media in place of General Manager Don Maloney, who is away from the team’s headquarters in Arizona because of the death of his father on Sunday. “… In all honesty this is not surrendering a white flag. This is doing what we have to do from a management level to maximize the assets that we need to maximize moving forward and give opportunities to people we think deserve opportunities.”
The Coyotes are currently in 12th place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-15-6.