Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky on Tuesday announced the roster for Saturday's season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Jobing.com Arena.
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Defensemen Matt Jones and Jonas Ahnelov
, and forwards Joel Perrault and Garth Murray are not on the roster.
Ahnelov played well in the preseason but broke a finger while blocking a shot against the Anaheim Ducks last Friday. He will start the season on the injured-reserve list.
“Had he played (in the preseason finale against Los Angeles on Saturday), we would have more of a feel of where he’s at,” Gretzky said. “With his broken finger, he needs time to heal that.”
Perrault was assigned to the injured non-roster list after suffering a concussion before training camp. Due to the fact Perrault could not pass the camp physical, he is currently on the non-roster list. Once Perrault becomes healthy and passes a physical, he will return to the active roster and be assigned accordingly.
Murray and Jones need to pass through waivers before being assigned to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, the team's top affiliate.
Gretzky said cutting Murray was difficult.
“I told him that timing is everything,” Gretzky said. “The reality is he had a great camp and had he been here last year, he probably would be here for Saturday night’s game. It’s just our skill level has gone up. Garth did everything we asked of him. I told him from a selfish point of view that I hope he doesn’t get picked up (off waivers). I hope he goes down there because there are always injuries and when he does come back he will do a good job for us. That was a tough one for us.”
First-year players making the Coyotes roster include Boedker, Turris, Tikhonov and Porter. Newcomers filling the roster include Olli Jokinen, Todd Fedoruk, Brian McGrattan, David Hale and Kurt Sauer.
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- Porter missed practice on Tuesday because he attended a funeral. He should return to practice on Wednesday.