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Maloney: Boedker's Deal Gives Coyotes Flexibility

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes and forward Mikkel Boedker agreed to terms of a one-year contract on Tuesday, two days after he had filed for salary arbitration.

Mikkel Boedker (right). Photo by Getty Images.

"I'm fine with it," General Manager Don Maloney said. "I think the shorter term gives us flexibility. We're in a good position with regards to our payroll and our roster and roster spots. I'm glad it's done now so he can just concern himself with getting ready for the season."

Boedker notched 14 goals and 28 points in 45 games last season before undergoing season-ending spleen-removal surgery after a game on Jan.18 at Winnipeg. Despite missing 37 games, he finished tied for third on the team in goals.

Per terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement, Boedker and the Coyotes can start

negotiating a contract extension on Jan. 1.

"It's really going to come down to his performance and how he plays and how we do as a team," Maloney said. "If he plays really well, he's probably going to get more and if he doesn't play so well, he won't."

Boedker, whom the Coyotes selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft, was not available for comment. In 383 NHL games, he has notched 67 goals and 107 assists.

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