3:32 PM: The Coyotes have made the acquisition official. The Stars receive Arizona’s 5th round pick in next week’s draft (128th overall) in return.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes that there is no deal currently in place between Goligoski and the Coyotes. Pierre LeBrun of TSN/ESPN adds that the Stars did try to get a deal done with Goligoski but couldn’t agree to terms so the team decided to get something for his rights rather than lose him for nothing in a couple of weeks.
3:15 PM: According to ESPN’s Craig Custance, the Arizona Coyotes are on the verge of acquiring the negotiating rights to pending unrestricted free agent blueliner Alex Goligoski from the Dallas Stars.
Goligoski suited up in all 82 regular season for the Stars in 2015-16, picking up 5 goals and 32 assists while logging just shy of 24 minutes per game in ice time. He also posted a +21 rating, good for a tie for 7th amongst all NHL defenders. He also played in 13 postseason contests, collecting 4 goals and 3 assists while averaging 23:12 per game.
By acquiring his rights, Arizona will have exclusive negotiating rights to talk to the 30 year old Goligoski until the UFA interview period opens up on June 25th. The Stars still have a pair of pending UFA defensemen to deal with in Jason Demers and Kris Russell.