The Arizona Coyotes are making a valiant push for the playoffs, and the team’s GM has apparently been exploring every potential available avenue to help.
Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960.
As part of a conversation on Barry Trotz likely winning the Jack Adams race, Rick Tocchet’s efforts were noted - which led to Friedman mentioning this:
“Actually, one of the things I’ve heard guys was that John Chayka, who’s the GM in Arizona, he tried to see if there were any loopholes he could exploit that would get him another player after the trade deadline,” noted Friedman. “I thought the rule was you were allowed to make trades, but you just couldn’t use anybody in the playoffs. That’s not the case. The only way you can add somebody to your roster now is basically if you bring in a European free agent. That’s kind of the way it works.
“But he looked. He checked to see after Stepan got hurt if there was a way he could add to his team to give them a chance, but the CBA doesn’t really allow you to do it. And I guess there was nobody overseas that they liked.
“But they looked into it, and I thought it was a really smart idea - maybe go and see if you could go and get somebody who at least can get you there, even if you couldn’t use them once the post-season started. But I didn’t realize the CBA doesn’t allow you to do that anymore.”
The Coyotes are three points shy of the Minnesota Wild for the final Wild Card spot in the West, and have a game in hand.