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2015–16 Arizona Coyotes · NHL
Division 4th Pacific
Conference 10th Western
2015–16 record 35–39–8
Home record 22–15–4
Road record 13–24–4
Goals for 209
Goals against 245
General Manager Don Maloney
Coach Dave Tippett
Captain Shane Doan
Alternate captains Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Martin Hanzal
Arena Gila River Arena
Team leaders
Goals Shane Doan (28)
Assists Max Domi
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (34)
Points Oliver Ekman-Larsson (55)
Penalties in minutes Shane Doan (99)
Wins Louis Domingue
Mike Smith (15)
Goals against average Mike Smith (2.63)

The 2015–16 Arizona Coyotes season was the 37th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 22, 1979, the 20th season since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg following the 1995–96 NHL season,[1] and the 44th overall, including the World Hockey Association years.

The season began its regular games on October 9, 2015 against the Los Angeles Kings.[2]

Despite being unable to play since 2011 following career-ending injuries, the Coyotes acquired Chris Pronger's contract from the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade that sent Pronger and Nicklas Grossmann to Phoenix in exchange for Sam Gagner and a conditional pick.

Off-seasonEdit

Schedule and results Edit

Pre-season Edit

Regular season Edit

Game Log[2]

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statistics Edit

Final stats

Regular season[3]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ekman-Larsson, OliverOliver Ekman-Larsson 75 21 34 55 −6 96
Domi, MaxMax Domi 81 18 34 52 3 72
Doan, ShaneShane Doan 72 28 19 47 4 98
Duclair, AnthonyAnthony Duclair 81 20 24 44 12 49
Hanzal, MartinMartin Hanzal 64 13 28 41 −5 77
Boedker, MikkelMikkel Boedker

|| 62 || 13 || 26 || 39 || −28 || 10

Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette 76 17 21 38 −14 93
Rieder, TobiasTobias Rieder 82 14 23 37 −21 10
Stone, MichaelMichael Stone 75 6 30 36 −10 62
Richardson, BradBrad Richardson 82 11 20 31 8 46
Martinook, JordanJordan Martinook 81 9 15 24 −9 18
Murphy, ConnorConnor Murphy 78 6 11 17 5 48
Tanguay, AlexAlex Tanguay

|| 18 || 4 || 9 || 13 || 5 || 8

Chipchura, KyleKyle Chipchura 70 4 8 12 −10 38
Connauton, KevinKevin Connauton

|| 38 || 4 || 5 || 9 || −3 || 39

Dahlbeck, KlasKlas Dahlbeck 71 2 6 8 −5 28
Michalek, ZbynekZbynek Michalek 70 2 5 7 3 20
Grossmann, NicklasNicklas Grossmann 58 3 4 7 −3 24
Downie, SteveSteve Downie 26 3 3 6 1 53
Tikhonov, ViktorViktor Tikhonov

|| 39 || 3 || 3 || 6 || −6 || 14

Elliott, StefanStefan Elliott

|| 19 || 2 || 4 || 6 || −2 || 4

Gordon, BoydBoyd Gordon 65 2 2 4 −7 10
Gaudet, TylerTyler Gaudet 14 1 2 3 −2 0
Sekac, JiriJiri Sekac

|| 11 || 0 || 2 || 2 || −4 || 10

Jeffrey, DustinDustin Jeffrey

|| 7 || 1 || 1 || 2 || 2 || 2

Cunningham, CraigCraig Cunningham 10 0 1 1 −1 2
Dauphin, LaurentLaurent Dauphin 8 1 0 1 0 4
Plotnikov, SergeiSergei Plotnikov

|| 13 || 0 || 1 || 1 || 0 || 4

Scott, JohnJohn Scott

|| 11 || 0 || 1 || 1 || 0 || 25

Vitale, JoeJoe Vitale 1 0 0 0 1 5
Grant, AlexAlex Grant 5 0 0 0 −2 7
Selleck, EricEric Selleck 1 0 0 0 0 5
Samuelsson, PhilipPhilip Samuelsson 4 0 0 0 0 2
Thomas, ChristianChristian Thomas

|| 1 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0

Tinordi, JarredJarred Tinordi

|| 7 || 0 || 0 || 0 || −2 || 12

Goaltenders
Regular season[4]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Domingue, LouisLouis Domingue 39 36 2,206 15 18 5 101 2.75 1142 0.912 2 0 1 0
Smith, MikeMike Smith 32 32 1,754 15 13 2 77 2.63 921 0.916 3 0 1 2
Lindback, AndersAnders Lindback 19 13 906:08 5 7 1 47 3.11 443 0.894 0 0 1 0
Treutle, NiklasNiklas Treutle 2 1 50 0 1 0 5 6.00 20 .750 0 0 0 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Coyotes. Stats reflect time with the Coyotes only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and honoursEdit

Awards Edit

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Smith, M.M. Smith NHL Third Star of the Week[5] October 12, 2015
Scott, J.J. Scott NHL All-Star game captain[6] January 2, 2016
Doan, S.S. Doan NHL Second Star of the Week[7] January 4, 2016
Domingue, L.L. Domingue NHL Rookie of the Month[8] February 1, 2016

Milestones Edit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Domi, M.M. Domi 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
October 9, 2015
Martinook, J.J. Martinook 1st career NHL goal October 10, 2015
Duclair, A.A. Duclair 1st career NHL hat-trick October 14, 2015
Doan, S.S. Doan 900th career NHL point October 17, 2015
Ekman-Larsson, O.O. Ekman-Larsson 100th career NHL assist October 17, 2015
S. Doan 1,400th career NHL game October 20, 2015
Hanzal, M.M. Hanzal 500th career NHL game October 22, 2015
Smith, M.M. Smith 400th career NHL game November 10, 2015
Boedker, M.M. Boedker 400th career NHL game November 14, 2015
Chipchura, K.K. Chipchura 100th career NHL point December 1, 2015
Rieder, T.T. Rieder 100th career NHL game December 8, 2015
Domingue, L.L. Domingue 1st career NHL shutout December 19, 2015


Transactions Edit

The Coyotes have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 season.

Trades Edit

Date
Details
Ref
June 27, 2015 (2015-06-27) To Philadelphia Flyers
Sam Gagner
Conditional 4th-round pick in 2016
To Arizona Coyotes
Nicklas Grossmann
injured contract of Chris Pronger
[9]
June 27, 2015 (2015-06-27) To Calgary Flames
NYR's 2nd-round pick in 2015
To Arizona Coyotes
3rd-round pick in 2015
WSH's 3rd-round pick in 2015
[10]
June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) To Edmonton Oilers
Lauri Korpikoski
To Arizona Coyotes
Boyd Gordon
[11]
September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09) To Colorado Avalanche
Brandon Gormley
To Arizona Coyotes
Stefan Elliott
[12]
December 15, 2015 (2015-12-15) To Montreal Canadiens
Lucas Lessio
To Arizona Coyotes
Christian Thomas
[13]
January 15, 2016 (2016-01-15) To Nashville Predators
Stefan Elliott
To Arizona Coyotes
Victor Bartley
[14]
January 15, 2016 (2016-01-15) To Montreal Canadiens
Victor Bartley
John Scott
To Arizona Coyotes
Jarred Tinordi
Stefan Fournier
[14]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To Pittsburgh Penguins
Matthias Plachta
conditional 7th-round pick in 2017
To Arizona Coyotes
Sergei Plotnikov
[15]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To Colorado Avalanche
Mikkel Boedker
To Arizona Coyotes
Alex Tanguay
Conner Bleackley
Kyle Wood
[16]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To Nashville Predators
Corey Potter
To Arizona Coyotes
Future Considerations
[17]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dustin Jeffrey
Dan O'Donoghue
James Melindy
To Arizona Coyotes
Matia Marcantuoni
[18]
June 16, 2016 (2016-06-16) To Dallas Stars
5th-round pick in 2016
To Arizona Coyotes
Alex Goligoski (negotiating rights)
[19]
June 20, 2016 (2016-06-20) To San Jose Sharks
Maxim Letunov
6th-round pick in 2017
To Arizona Coyotes
4th-round pick in 2016
DET's 3rd-round pick in 2017
[20]

Free agents acquired Edit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Brad Richardson Vancouver Canucks 3 years, $6.25 million [21]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Zbynek Michalek St. Louis Blues 2 years, $6.4 million [22]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Anders Lindback Buffalo Sabres 1 years, $875,000 [23]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Steve Downie Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $1.75 million [24]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Dakota Mermis Oshawa Generals 3 years, entry-level contract [25]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Dustin Jeffrey Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 years, entry-level contract [26]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Antoine Vermette Chicago Blackhawks 2 years, $7.5 million [27]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Alex Grant Binghamton Senators 1 year, $600,000* [28]
July 3, 2015 (2015-07-03) Eric Selleck Portland Pirates 1 year, $575,000* [29]
July 3, 2015 (2015-07-03) Derek Smith ZSC Lions 1 year, $650,000* [30]
July 10, 2015 (2015-07-10) John Scott San Jose Sharks 1 year, $575,000 [31]
July 29, 2015 (2015-07-29) Niklas Treutle EHC Munchen 1 year, entry-level contract [32]
October 2, 2015 (2015-10-02) Corey Potter Calgary Flames 1 year, $650,000 [33]

Free agents lost Edit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Mike McKenna Florida Panthers 2 years, $1.15 million [34]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Mark Arcobello Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $1.1 million [35]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) John Moore New Jersey Devils 3 years, $5 million [36]
July 7, 2015 (2015-07-07) Justin Hodgman St. Louis Blues 1 year, $575,000 [37]
July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21) Tye McGinn Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $660,000 [38]
September 17, 2015 (2015-09-17) Martin Erat Avangard Omsk undisclosed [39]
September 29, 2015 (2015-09-29) Andrew Campbell Toronto Maple Leafs 2 years, $1.15 million [40]

Claimed via waivers Edit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers Ref
Viktor Tikhonov Chicago Blackhawks December 6, 2015 [41]
Kevin Connauton Columbus Blue Jackets January 13, 2016 [42]
Jiri Sekac Chicago Blackhawks February 27, 2016 [43]

Lost via waivers Edit

Player New team Date claimed off waivers Ref

Player signings Edit

The following players were signed by the Coyotes. Two-way contracts are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) Craig Cunningham 1 year, $600,000* [44]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Dylan Reese 1 year, $575,000* [45]
July 6, 2015 (2015-07-06) Dylan Strome 3 years, entry-level contract* [46]
July 7, 2015 (2015-07-07) Mikkel Boedker 1 year, $3.75 million [47]
July 15, 2015 (2015-07-15) Philip Samuelsson 1 year, $600,000* [48]
July 15, 2015 (2015-07-15) Brendan Shinnimin 1 year, $600,000* [48]
July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20) Klas Dahlbeck 1 year, $605,000* [49]
July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20) Jordan Martinook 1 year, $600,000* [49]
July 23, 2015 (2015-07-23) Michael Bunting 3 years, entry-level contract* [50]
September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03) Nick Merkley 3 years, entry-level contract* [51]
September 5, 2015 (2015-09-05) Louis Domingue 1 year, $605,000 [52]
December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23) Conor Garland 3 years, entry-level contract* [53]
December 26, 2015 (2015-12-26) Dysin Mayo 3 years, entry-level contract* [54]
March 30, 2016 (2016-03-30) Kyle Wood 3 years, entry-level contract* [55]
April 5, 2016 (2016-04-05) Adin Hill 3 years, entry-level contract* [56]
June 17, 2016 (2016-06-17) Craig Cunningham 1 year* [57]
June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22) Alex Goligoski 5 years, $27.375 million [58]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Arizona Coyotes draft picks

Below are the Arizona Coyotes' selections at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, to be held on June 26–27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 3 Dylan Strome C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Erie Otters (OHL)
1 30[a] Nicholas Merkley RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
2 32 Christian Fischer RW Flag of the United States United States USA U-18 (USHL)
3 63 Kyle Capobianco D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
3 76[b] Adin Hill G Flag of Canada.svg Canada Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
3 81[c] Brendan Warren LW Flag of the United States United States USA U-18 (USHL)
3 83[d] Jens Looke RW Flag of Sweden Sweden Brynäs IF (SHL)
5 123 Conor Garland RW Flag of the United States United States Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
7 183 Erik Kallgren G Flag of Sweden Sweden Linköpings HC (SHL)
Draft notes[59]
Calgary previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on March 1, 2015 that sent Curtis Glencross to Washington in exchange for a second-round pick in 2015 and this pick.
Washington previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on March 4, 2014 that sent Martin Erat and John Mitchell to Phoenix in exchange for Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown and this pick.[63]

ReferencesEdit

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  12. Coyotes Acquire Elliott from Colorado in Exchange for Gormley. Arizona Coyotes (September 9, 2015).
  13. Coyotes Acquire Thomas from Montreal in Exchange for Lessio. Arizona Coyotes (December 15, 2015).
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  17. Coyotes Trade Potter to Nashville for Future Considerations. Arizona Coyotes (February 29, 2016).
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  19. Coyotes Acquire Negotiating Rights to Goligoski. Arizona Coyotes (June 16, 2016).
  20. Coyotes Acquire Sharks’ 2016 4th Round Draft Choice & 2017 3rd Round Draft Choice in Exchange for Letunov & 2017 6th Round Draft Choice. Arizona Coyotes (June 20, 2016).
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  28. Coyotes Sign Grant to One-Year, Two-Way Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
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  30. Coyotes Sign Smith to One-Year, Two-Way Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
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  32. Coyotes Sign Treutle to One-Year Entry Level Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on August 3, 2015.
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  47. Coyotes Sign Boedker to One-Year Contract. coyotes.nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
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  58. Coyotes Sign Goligoski to Five-Year Contract. coyotes.nhl.com. Retrieved on June 22, 2016.
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