Alex Goligoski, Coyotes agree to 5-year deal

Jun 21, 2016, 9:44 PM | Updated: Jun 22, 2016, 8:22 am

New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Alex ...

New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a five-year contract with Alex Goligoski that will pay the defenseman nearly $5.5 million annually, .

The Coyotes acquired the negotiating rights to Goligoski less than a week ago in a trade that shipped their fifth-round pick (128th overall) to the Dallas Stars.

John Chayka’s first trade since becoming general manager allowed Arizona to exclusively discuss contract terms with the 30-year-old, who scored 37 points in 82 games with Dallas last season.

“We are thrilled to sign Alex to a long term contract,” Chayka said in a statement released by the team. “Alex is a great skater and a smart, efficient defenseman who moves the puck well and makes his teammates better. He will help solidify our defense and support the growth of our young players. He will be a great addition to our team and we welcome him and his wife Amanda to the pack.”

It appears the Coyotes took advantage of the window that closes June 25, when other NHL teams would have been able to talk with the unrestricted free agent.

“I am very happy to join the Coyotes,” Goligoski said. “Arizona is a great place to live and play and I’m excited to join an up and coming team that has a ton of talent and a very bright future.”

The Minnesota native was a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2004 and he broke into the NHL four years later. The Penguins traded the blueliner to Dallas in February of 2011. With the Stars, Goligoski became a stalwart, averaging 34.4 points per season. He has also blocked 150 or more shots in each of the last three seasons, making him one of only four NHL players to accomplish that feat.

In 562 career NHL games, Goligoski has registered 55-222-277 with 200 penalty minutes and 880 blocked shots while averaging 22:37 of ice time.


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Coyotes

Patrik Koch, Arizona Coyotes, Slovakia...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes sign D Patrik Koch to entry-level contract

Defenseman Patrik Koch signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, the team announced.

2 days ago

Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller, center, celebrates after his goal against the Vegas Gold...

Associated Press

NHL committed to keeping Coyotes in Arizona, Bettman says

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL is still committed to Arizona after Tempe voters rejected a referendum for a Coyotes arena.

4 days ago

Lawson Crouse of Canada, Milan Lucic of Canada and Peyton Krebs of Canada Team Canada celebrates af...

Associated Press

Lawson Crouse scores, Andre Tourigny-coached Canada defeats Germany to win hockey worlds

Arizona Coyotes' Lawson Crouse scored for Canada in a 5-2 victory over Germany in the final of the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.

10 days ago

Mesa Mayor John Giles, Tempe mayor Corey Woods...

Arizona Sports

Mesa mayor ‘encouraging’ Coyotes to look at private sites for new arena

Could the Arizona Coyotes find a new arena home in Mesa and find a way to avoid a public vote like the squashed Tempe plans required?

16 days ago

Logan Cooley #92 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers warms up before a game against the Quinnipiac Bobc...

Wills Rice

Coyotes prospect Logan Cooley to stay 1 more year in college

Arizona Coyotes highly regarded center prospect Logan Cooley announced he is staying in college for one more year.

18 days ago

Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes reportedly inquire about Mesa’s Fiesta Mall site in arena land search

Mesa's old Fiesta Mall footprint is among the land the Arizona Coyotes have inquired about, CBS5's and 3TV's Dennis Welch reported Thursday.

20 days ago

Alex Goligoski, Coyotes agree to 5-year deal