Oliver Ekman-Larsson played through a foot injury the final month of the season.
Ekman-Larsson didn't miss a game despite the injury, but he won't be playing for Sweden in the upcoming world championships. It was another strong season for Ekman-Larsson, who registered three goals and 24 points to go along with a plus-5 rating and 26 penalty minutes. He should be pretty high on the list of fantasy defensemen entering next season.
Shane Doan played the last two weeks of the season with a back injury, according to GM Don Maloney.
Doan's 13 goals and 27 points in 48 games was pretty much on pace with the 22 goals and 50 points he registered in 79 games the season before. However, those numbers might've been better if not for the fact that he had just three assists over the last 10 games of the season, while he apparently played through a bad back. Doan's unlikely to ever reach the 70-point plateau again but he is a solid, reliable depth piece for fantasy owners year in and year out.
Radim Vrbata would like the Coyotes to add more offensive pieces before next season.
The Coyotes lost Vrbata's partner-in-crime, Ray Whitney, to the Dallas Stars last summer and Vrbata's offensive numbers suffered. "That's what we had with Ray the last few years," Vrbata said. "It's too bad he couldn't stay. It would help to bring some skill. It would help everybody -- power play, five-on-five play."
Bill Daly said on Sportsnet on Monday the Phoenix Coyotes are closer to being sold.
Daly said the purchase price would be over $150 million but said there's no guaranteed the Coyotes will remain in Glendale. The lead party is an investment group headed by Canadian financier George Gosbee and Canadian venture capitalist Anthony LeBlanc. "There's no doubt we're dealing with Mr. Gosbee and Mr. LeBlanc and trying to work through and get to a deal with them," Daly said. "But there are other interested people that we're working with at the same time, as well. Nobody has exclusivity here. But obviously we're getting close to having to make some decisions and sign some documentation, and we've got to work on it."
Rob Klinkhammer returned to action Friday night for the Coyotes' 5-4 loss to the Avalanche.
He scored a goal and took for shots on Colorado's goalies in 14:52 of playing time. Klinkhammer has obviously recovered from his concussion. He should be fine for Saturday's season finale against the Ducks.