The Coyotes avoided arbitration with restricted free agent Jordan Martinook, signing the forward to a two-year, $3.6 million contract on Saturday.
Martinook and the Coyotes were scheduled to meet in Toronto Wednesday for a hearing after Martinook filed for salary arbitration. While Martinook’s agent Jeff Helperl described talks as having gone “nowhere” at the time Martinook filed, negotiations had been going well this week.
The 24-year-old appeared in 77 games with the Coyotes in 2016-17, his second full-length season in the NHL. Martinook tallied a career-high 11 goals and 25 points and was extremely valuable for his versatility.
A left winger as a rookie, Martinook suited up at every forward position last season. He spent a chuck of time up the middle after the team’s depth at center took a hit once it returned Dylan Strome to junior and Brad Richardson suffered a season-ending leg injury in November.
Arizona also signed RFA center Tyler Gaudet to a one-year, two-way contract.
Winger Anthony Duclair and goalie Marek Langhamer are the team’s only other RFAs who remain unsigned.
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