This off-season has been a busy one for the Phoenix Coyotes. They have had a couple headlines in the last 24 hours, regarding personnel for this upcoming season.
According to the Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette, the Coyotes expect Thomas Greiss to challenge for more starts than he saw with the San Jose Sharks.
“We’ll see what my workload will be. But, clearly, I’m going to push and show whem what I can do and work as hard as I can and see how many games I get.” He told the Arizona Republic.
Greiss only saw 44 games in the four years he spent with the San Jose Sharks with the most he played in a single year was 19 games. He will enter the 2013-2014 season as Mike Smith’s backup.
Mike Ribeiro has been participating in some informal workouts with new Phoenix teammates. Ribeiro has skated and spoken with captain Shane Doan and apparently both players are starting to develop a good rapport.
“It’s always nice to know where players like to have the puck and I like to know where they like to shoot. It’s nice to be able to practice with them.” Ribeiro said about his teammates.
As for the final headline, the Coyotes have yet to sign their restricted free agent Mikkel Boedker. Both Boekder and Coyotes are working on a new contract.
“There’s still time before camp starts. There’s still time before we play games that count for points. We’d like to get it done. It’s not done, but we’ll continue to sort of grind away at it here.” General manager Brad Treliving told the Arizona Republic.
It’s obvious both sides want to get a contract done before Boedker and the rest of the Phoenix Coyotes have to report to training camp. He has developed some chemistry with new teammate Mike Ribeiro. Boedker scored seven goals and picked up 26 points in 48 games last season with the Coyotes.