Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney says the team is considering signing Patrick Maroons free agent goalie Connor Hellebuyck to a two-year deal, and is in the process of discussing a contract extension with the veteran.
Maroon’s agent, Peter Guber, says Maroons deal would run through the 2022-23 season.
“He’s got two years left on his deal,” Guber told The Arizona Republic.
“It’s not a long-term deal.
We’re talking about two years.”
Maloney said the team has yet to discuss a potential extension with Maroons.
“We’re going to talk to the player,” Maloney told reporters on Friday.
“Obviously, there’s a couple things that we’re looking at.
We have to do the best for the players.
There’s no secret that we don’t want to pay him more than what we are paying other players, but there’s no doubt that we want to do something.”
Maroons contract is one of the worst contracts in the NHL, costing Arizona $6.6 million per year.
Maloney is hoping that Maroons extension will put the team on the right track.
“There’s no question he’s a good player, he’s had a great career,” Malony said.
“The question is, can he sustain that level of play in the playoffs and will he be able to sustain that for two years?”
Maroons last NHL season was marred by a groin injury.
The 29-year-old goaltender was also unable to play in a playoff game.
“Patrick Maroon, with the number of injuries he’s sustained, has to be a very good goalie for us to make the playoffs,” Malone said.
Malone also said the Coyotes have the potential to sign a player to a one-year contract.
“That’s something we’re going into this season thinking about,” Malones said.
The Coyotes are coming off back-to-back playoff defeats against the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils.
Arizona will play its final game of the regular season against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.
The team has lost six of its last seven games.
The franchise is 11-13-1 in the first half of the season.