GLENDALE – The Coyotes are going with eight defensemen on the roster after acquiring Jarred Tinordi via a trade on Friday.
Arizona sent defenseman Stefan Elliott to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Victor Bartley, and then traded Bartley and forward John Scott to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Tinordi and forward Stefan Fournier, who will report to the American Hockey League.
Tinordi, 23, will report to the Coyotes on Saturday and take his place on the depth chart along with seven others, including Kevin Connauton, who was claimed off waivers on Wednesday.
Maloney said the Coyotes seriously considered drafting Tinordi in 2010, but did not. Montreal did select him with the 22nd overall pick. Tinordi, who will wear sweater No. 28 with the Coyotes, played 46 games for Montreal since 2012-13, but just three this season despite being healthy.
“Long story short, we think he’s a young player with upside,” Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. “… Jarred’s style of play is attractive to us. I know the league is going to mobile and puck-moving (defensemen), but you still need somebody in front of the net to protect your goalie and somebody with a little jam to his game. That’s what he has.”
Maloney said having eight defensemen on the roster instead of the usual seven would not be an issue.
“We’ll have to rotate people through (the lineup),” Maloney said. “Every one of them can play in the League… Instead of having two extra forwards now we have a couple extra defensemen and it’s up to us to manage it properly and keep them in shape… We’ll have to keep everybody hungry to play. Competition is always a good thing and they’re going to have to play well to stay in the lineup.”
Jarred Tinordi's dad, Mark Tinordi, also was a defenseman who played 663 NHL games for four teams from 1987-1999.
Regarding trading Scott, whom fans voted to the NHL All-Star Game as a goof, Maloney said:
“That had nothing to do with this deal whatsoever. We’re in the business of looking after the Coyotes. We think with Jarred coming in, and Kevin Connauton, we’ve got two young defensemen that have upside that can help us not only now but down the road as well. We’re trying to make our team better and I do think we made ourselves better today.”
Maloney added that he’s not sure what will happen next regarding which Coyotes player will be invited to the All-Star Game to take Scott’s place; he was the only member of the Coyotes asked to participate.