Bob McKenzie was on NBCSN’s NHL Live on Wednesday evening.
On the holiday roster freeze, the Arizona Coyotes, and who might be on the block:
“Well, just about everybody. It’s a unique situation in Phoenix. Is the deal with Andrew Barroway – the sale of the franchise - going to go through or not? Until it does, I’m not sure general manager Don Maloney knows exactly what direction he’s going to have in terms of adding payroll, decreasing payroll, clearing the decks.
“But there’s no question there are lots of teams interested his players and he’s talking to a lot of teams about the possibility. Antoine Vermette, a center who’s going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Defenseman Keith Yandle. Forward/Center Martin Hanzal. Mikkel Boedker. The list goes on and on. Right now Maloney is talking to a lot of teams and getting a handle on what their market value is.
"I don’t anticipate that there’s going to be any wholesale changes for the Phoenix Coyotes between now and the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on this Friday night. But I think into the New Year, once the ownership situation clarifies itself a little bit, we can find out whether Phoenix might be offloading a lot of those players.”
Source: NBCSN/ Transcript: Nichols on Hockey