The one good thing about the Coyotes current situation is there really is no reason to hurry now. The "snap them up quick" players are all gone so at this point DM has literally up until training camp to wait around and see what might shake out. There's just no reason to rush to sign one of the question mark FA's (Seto, Booth, Heatley, Penner, etc.) as you can almost be assured at least one of them will be available later on should DM decide a stop gap is required. In fact I have a feeling DM is waiting for a worthwhile player to become available similar to how he landed Gagner. If one of those situations does not transpire don't be surprised if he opts to just give the kids a shot rather than sign an FA with a ton of question marks.
I completely agree! And they have nice chips like Klink's contract (1 yr/$625k), Chip's (2 yrs @ $875k) and Schlemko (1 yr @ $1.15m) that can be worked into a deal returning a player of greater value at a higher cap hit and have a cap restricted trade partner pick-up some/all of the difference in salaries. Potential deals:
Chip & Schlemko to Washington for Brouwer (2 yrs @ $3.7m) Yotes get a T6 physical winger who scored 25 goals last year. Washington gets $1.7m cap relief this year and $2.6m next.
Chip & Schlemko to Boston for Boycheck (1yr @ $3.6m) Yotes get exactly the type of Dman they need. Boston gets $1.5M in cap relief
Klink to Philly for Coutourier (2 yrs @ $1.7m) Yotes get a much better player. Philly gets a $1m of cap relief this year and Klink rolls off after the season.
Schlemko to Chicago for Rozy (1yr @ $2.2m) Yotes get a player that better fits their needs. Chicago gets $1m in cap relief
So why chase Heatley, Seto, etc when they can get much better players while picking up little to no additional salary.
We on the other hand, need to worry about real dollars. So in that case, there may be a deal to be had, even though they need to shed salary (for cap reasons), and we can't take on much more (for internal budget reasons).