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Alex Galchenyuk Signed To A PTO By Arizona Coyotes

Alex Galchenyuk
TORONTO, ON – MAY 31: Alex Galchenyuk #12 of the Toronto Maple Leafs warms up prior to play against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Seven of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on May 31, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1 to win series 4 games to 3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

It was announced that the Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Alex Galchenyuk to a PTO. He formerly played for the Coyotes in 2018-19.

Alex Galchenyuk Trying To Get A Contract Again With Arizona Coyotes

The 6′-1″ forward has really bounced around the NHL. He has played for six teams over his nine-year NHL career. His longest tenure lasted six year with the Montreal Canadiens. He was traded to the Arizona Coyotes in June of 2018 for Max Domi. Then, about a year later he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Phil Kessel. Now, it’s possible Alex Galchenyuk makes the Coyotes, the two will be teammates.

That is IF Kessel is not traded. There have been rumors that Phil could be headed out of the desert. In any case, Galchenyuk is trying once again to see if he can stay with a team longer than one year.

With the rebuild that that Coyotes’ general manager Bill Armstrong is conducting, it’s anyone’s guess who will be on the starting roster come opening day on October 14th against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Alex Galchenyuk Could Help The Coyotes

Since Galchenyuk left Arizona he has only managed 13 goals and 24 assists in 93 games. His big gripe about playing in Montreal was that he thought of himself as a center, and the head coach, Claude Julien had him playing wing. He was tried out at center in Arizona, but eventually they moved to the wing also.

Still, Gally’s career points-per-game averages out to 0.46. That is not bad, if he can find his game again. If he does make the team, he will have quite a mixture of veterans and young players as teammates. It’s no secret that the Coyotes may tank to get a shot at some talented players in the 2022 NHL draft.

If the still has something in his tank, the thing he may need to change is his puck management. While he possesses great puck possession numbers at 55.3 percent, he tends to hog the puck more than distribute it when necessary.

We’ll See How It Goes In Training Camp

There’s no doubt that Galchenyuk wants to be signed to a contract. His competitive nature may show that in training camp. After all he needs to impress the coaching staff and the general manager that he can still contribute in the NHL. He definitely has the talent to do so, it’s just which Galchenyuk will show up in training camp? The guy who can score and make plays, or the guy who seems to be washed up in the league?

We’ll soon find out.

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