By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Avalanche also acquired a 2020 third-round draft pick in this deal.
“Cari is a versatile, 200-foot player, who has a history of being productive and playing tough minutes,” Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka said. “He will be a stabilizer in our lineup and gives our coaching staff lots of flexibility.”
The 33-year-old Malmö, Sweden will be going to his third NHL team. He has spent the last four seasons with the Avalanche.
Besides playing for the Avalanche, he also spent his first three seasons with the Boston Bruins.
This past season, he scored a career-high 23 goals with 26 assists for 49 points in 82 games. He also had a -5 in +/- and 26 PIM.
Before his career-best 23 goals, he had 16 goals twice in a season — in 2013-14 with the Bruins and in 2017-18 with the Avalanche.
This past season, he had one goal and seven assists for eight points in 50 games. He also had a -2 +/- and 22 PIM.
Connauton has not played an entire season with a team. He was close with 73 games during the 2017-18 season.
That season, he also scored a career-best 11 goals. He also tied his career-best with 21 points, which tied his best from 2014-15, as well, split between the Stars and Blue Jackets.