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Utah signs its first player since relocating

Published May 5, 2024 at 1:38 PM

Utah announced that they've signed their first player since the Arizona Coyotes' relocation.

The NHL have officially announced the Arizona Coyotes' relocation two weeks ago and now, the new team revealed that they've signed the first player of franchise history.

Management is slowly getting ready to prepare for their first summer in the NHL and their first move was confirmed. They signed the Coyotes' 72nd overall pick in the 2023 draft, Noel Nordh, to an entry-level contract:

"#Yotes/Utah signed F Noel Nordh to a 3-year entry-level contract: $865K cap hit / $900K AAV

$775K NHL / $90K SB / $35K GP PB / $82.5K minors. Rep'd by Lewis Gross

2023 3rd rd pick, had 15 pts in 50 GP for Brynäs IF in HockeyAllsvenskan "

For his whole hockey career, Nordh remained in Sweden. In 65 games this season, the 19-year-old tallied 16 goals and 21 assists, as well as one goal in 13 games during the playoffs.

He should play the next season in Sweden, unless he forces management's hand during training camp. In addition, he's expected to play a big role for Sweden in the 2025 World Junior Championship in a few months.

With Utah looking to be a competitive team as soon as next season, management should be active this summer both on the trade and free agency markets.

The general manager, Bill Armstrong, will surely make a lot more moves this summer, but this one will always be remembered as the first in franchise history.

Source: Blade of Steel - Utah makes franchise history just a short time after moving
May 5   |   198 answers
Utah signs its first player since relocating

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