Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney is extremely pleased that the team and the agent for Martin Hanzal
finally worked out a new contract for the 23-year-old center on Friday.
“The thought of not having Marty here for the start of training camp was keeping me up at night so I am happy and relieved,” Maloney said.
Hanzal notched 11 goals and 22 assists for Phoenix in 2009-10. He chipped in three more assists in the seven-game playoff series against Detroit, in which he impressed Maloney greatly.
“Marty's value to us is not measured by his offensive statistics,” Maloney said. “He plays 'heavy,' meaningful minutes often matched up against the best players on the opposing teams. He is big, can play mean, is a strong penalty killer and was our most consistent forward in the playoffs last season.”
With each season Hanzal is evolving into an all-around NHL player.
Maloney believes that evolution will continue in 2010-11.
“Marty's offensive game will continue to grow as he fills out his 6-foot-5 frame,” Maloney said. “He has soft hands and a heavy shot for such a big player. With continual mental maturing, I can see Marty hitting the 20-plus goal, 45-plus point offensive levels.”
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