SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There are numbers on the back of the Arizona Coyotes helmets. But at the morning skate Tuesday, name tags for their jerseys might have helped as well.
Four new Coyotes were on the ice after a flurry of NHL Trade Deadline trades by general manager Don Maloney. Gone were three key veteran leaders -- Zbynek Michalek, Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle -- replaced by young defensemen obtained in those trades (John Moore and Klas Dahlbeck) as well as forwards Craig Cunningham and Tye McGinn, who were claimed off the waiver wire from the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks, respectively.
All four will play against the Anaheim Ducks, leading to a longer morning skate to help them adapt. The Coyotes have 19 healthy skaters and 12 forwards, with Lucas Lessio and Henrik Samuelsson returning to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.