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The Coyotes have made a decision when it comes to center Barrett Hayton. Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports (subscription required) that the 19-year-old will remain with the team and play his tenth game of the season and officially burn the first year of his entry-level contract. GM John Chayka indicated that he isn’t particularly concerned with the two thresholds that junior-aged players face (the other being 40 games on the roster which accrues a season towards free agency) but was non-committal about the idea that Hayton could be up for the year. Instead, they’re saying that all options are on the table right now. Hayton has had a limited role this season as he has averaged less than 12 minutes a night while spending eight games as a scratch but clearly, Arizona is okay with the slower development path.

More from the West:

  • While the Blues will be without winger Alex Steen for at least a month, they’re unlikely to call anyone up to replace him in the short-term, suggests Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While it leaves them thin up front with just a dozen healthy forwards on the active roster, there could be some longer-term cap considerations at play. While Vladimir Tarasenko is on LTIR which allows them to easily recall a replacement for him and Steen, doing so would whittle away at their minimal remaining cap space (about $20K per CapFriendly); a team in LTIR on a long-term basis generally finishes with zero cap space remaining. With three players on the active roster with performance bonuses in their deals, anything that they earn will be carried over to next year’s cap if they don’t have enough cap room to absorb it this season.
  • Wild winger Marcus Foligno is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game, notes Michael Russo of The Athletic (Twitter link). He sustained a lower-body injury on Thursday night against San Jose and didn’t practice with the team today. Minnesota has 13 forwards on their active roster including Foligno so they won’t have to recall anyone from the minors if he can’t go; Victor Rask would likely draw into the lineup.

This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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