The Coyotes have been very busy trading. Starting with the first deal, the Coyotes dealt holdout center Robert Reichel, along with Travis Green and minor leaguer Craig Mills to the Toronto Maple Leafs for young defenseman Danny Markov. Markov is a solid two-way defenseman with good offensive instincts. He should play a big role for the Coyotes this upcoming season and in the future as well.
The second deal saw the Coyotes deal center Juha Ylonen to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Todd Warriner. Not much to talk about here as this was clearly a 3rd liner for 3rd liner type deal. The Coyotes needed wingers badly so making this deal helped them out.
Today the team announced that they have traded veteran defenseman Keith Carney to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in return for the 41st overall pick in the 2001 Entry Draft. With the addition of Markov, plus the solid group of young defenseman such as Paul Mara, Ossi Vaananen, Kiril Safranov and Radoslav Suchy, trading away Keith Carney was a move to reduce the payroll while improving for the future and also giving some playing time to the youngsters on defense. Teppo Numminen will be the backbone of the Coyotes defense this season and he will be looked upon by the youngsters for leadership, unless he is dealt this off-season, which has been rumored.
Today the Coyotes also signed Unrestricted Free Agent Branko Radivojevic. Radivojevic, 20, is a 6’0 186-pound right winger who played three seasons with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. He was drafted in the 3rd round (93rd overall) of the 1999 Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, however he failed to come to terms with the team and became a free agent. Radivojevic could be a potential 2nd liner in the near future.
With these moves, the Coyotes have made themselves a lot better for the future. With now 4 picks in the top 45 at the draft, look for some talented players headed to Phoenix.