Phoenix Coyotes forward Rob Klinkhammer was set to become an unrestricted free this coming off-season in July, but that was before the team announced earlier today that they have re-signed him to a two-year contract extension. Klinkhammer has yet to play a full season on the Coyotes NHL roster (or on any other team he has played for); however, it would seem that it speaks volumes in the way of their impression of him through the 22 games he has played with Phoenix since being recalled from their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, this past March.
The Coyotes obviously liked what they says in those 22 games enough to see how we’ll he fares possibly playing two full seasons with them. Klinkhammer joined Phoenix this past off-season through free agency having only 16 NHL games under his belt between the Chicago Blackhawks (1 game) and the Ottawa Senators (15 games). He caught the eye of Coyotes general manager, Dan Maloney, during one of the practices and was since given more ice time making the most of that opportunity tallying 11 points (5G, 6A) with a plus/minus of +7 and garnering a contract extension. From the Coyotes official webpage:
“He definitely took that opportunity and showed people that he wasn’t just there to go through the motions,” Maloney said. “He was running into people, he was driving the net and he was a strong presence. That really caught my eye and as rather season went along we kept saying that we have got to give this guy an opportunity. We needed to see if he could do for us what he was doing in the AHL. And he did that. His play never tailed off.”