Steve Yzerman clearly wants to do all his work on Day 1, as he added two more players by signing defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a one-year, $4.125 million deal, and is expected to sign center Christian Fischer to a one-year deal. a year. Fischer’s cap hit has not yet been confirmed at this stage.
Gostisbehere, 30, was an unrestricted free agent after completing a six-year contract on a $4.5 million contract, a deal he originally signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. He ends up seeing a $375,000 pay cut, and since this is only his third contract, it will be his lowest non-ELC cap. His closest comparable cap on the blue line is Mikey Anderson, who also has an AAV of $4.125 million.
Gostisbehere has had a somewhat rejuvenated career since joining the Arizona Coyotes in 2021, with 14 goals, 37 assists and 51 points in 82 games in 2021-22, and 13 goals, 28 assists and 41 points in 75 games last season. with the Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes, as well as three assists in 15 playoff games as the Canes were swept in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Florida Panthers.
Gostisbehere was the Flyers’ third-round pick in the 2012 draft and spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career in Philadelphia. He was dealt to the Coyotes in 2021 as a dump, then joined the Canes at the 2023 trade deadline as a hire.
Fischer was an unrestricted free agent after he did not receive a qualifying offer from the Coyotes at the end of his one-year, $1,125,875 contract.
Fischer, 26, has played 80 games this season with the Coyotes, with 13 goals, 14 assists and 27 points this year. It was only the second time he had eclipsed the 20-point mark in a season, also doing so as he had 33 in 79 games in the 2017-18 season.
Fischer was a second-round pick of the Coyotes in 2015 and, thus far, had spent his entire seven-season NHL career in Arizona.