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Coyotes bring back Moss, after all

Jul 11, 2014, 6:40 PM EST

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David Moss won’t be leaving the Arizona Coyotes for Switzerland, after all. What looked like a two-year overseas deal had a one-week NHL out clause, which apparently expedited the process to get him re-signed with the Coyotes, who locked him up for the 2014-15 season.

The Coyotes didn’t disclose his financial terms, but his last deal with the team was for two years and $4.2 million. Update: the deal might be a significant pay cut down to $800K, according to the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan. If so, that’s a nice value for Arizona.

While he doesn’t exactly inspire a ton of excitement, Coyotes blog Five for Howling details why the 32-year-old is fairly useful and could be primed for a slight boost in production next season:

Was Moss not productive, or was he simply unlucky? The advanced stats actually like Moss’ game, as he has been a positive player in both Corsi for and Fenwick for in both of seasons in the Valley. In both of his seasons as a Coyote, the team was more likely to score when he was on the ice than not, although for 2014 it was only a .3% difference, so it was almost negligible. He also has had some trouble finishing as he had a shooting percentage of 6.1% last year and a staggeringly bad 5.3% this season. How bad is 5.3%? Only 12 other NHL forwards had at least 100 shots on goal this season and had a worse success rate than Moss, and of those 12 only 1, Thomas Fleischmann of Florida, attempted more shots than Moss’ 151 (188). That’s really tough, and one shouldn’t expect another dismal season like that again, right? Not so fast, as Moss’ PDO was actually 100.5, and the league normal rate is 100. So he wasn’t incredibly unlucky in a statistical sense.

So, long story short, Moss is probably best described as “solid if easily replaceable.” Considering all the turnover this offseason, it might be nice to keep what seems like a solid depth guy around, though.

  1. rosselliott - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    FYI, per Coyotes beat writer Sarah McLellan, Moss’s deal is $800k…not at all “somewhere close to $2.1 million”. A bargain for his production at that price for Arizona, and for him, it gives him a chance to stay in North America with his family (he recently got married) and try to earn a bigger payday next season.

    • James O'Brien - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Thanks, will update, and agreed.

    • blomfeld - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      Newsflash … moss doesn’t grow in the desert !

      Best of luck to Gary’s ‘ongoing’ desert experiment !!!

      signed, SC Champion LA Kings Nation :) :) :)

  2. thailer35 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Five for howling was kissing this guys ass all season. He sucked. He was awful. But while I was disappointed to see him come back, I’ll be alright with it at that price. Great guy that does a lot of charity and community work, but not worth a dime more than $800k if he plays like he did last year.

  3. luz56 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Fringe player at best…watched him in Calgary and in Phoenix as he gives 100% but his 100% isn’t that good.. I could careless what he does off the ice as my tickets go towards performance on the ice.. We need more youth and goals

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