Arizona has signed restricted free agents Tyler Gaudet and Stefan Fournier to one-year, two-way contracts reports Sarah McLellan of AZCentral. As the team struggles with RFA negotiations with disgruntled winger Tobias Rieder and arbitration-bound defenseman Michael Stone, the team has gotten two of their lesser known young players signed on for another year.
Gaudet got his first real taste of NHL action last season, playing in 14 games with the Coyotes after just a two-game stint in 2014-15. Gaudet played only energy line minutes, about 10 minutes a game, but scored three points and impressed with his two-way play. He seems likely to battle for a full-time spot this season and get a long look from new GM John Chayka and the Coyotes coaching staff as they evaluate a very young roster. Guadet will make approximately $875K at the NHL level.
Fournier, the former captain of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads, will likely see most of his ice time during the inaugural season of the newly minted Tuscon Roadrunners of the AHL. A point-per-game player in juniors, Fournier’s game has not translated as well to the pros, as he has bounced around the AHL and ECHL the past few seasons. Despite scoring just four points in 32 games with Arizona’s AHL affiliate last season, they saw enough in him to bring him back. He’ll have to do better than that from a production perspective though if he wants to earn his $633K NHL salary.