There won’t be any salary arbitration drama with the Arizona Coyotes this summer, as the team has locked up their one arbitration-eligible player. The team announced that they have signed defenseman Dakota Mermis to a one-year, two-way contract. Salary terms have not yet been disclosed.
A two-way contract for Mermis is a nice achievement for GM John Chayka. Not only has Chayka himself spoken highly of the young defender, but Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan recently called Mermis a legitimate candidate for the No. 7 spare defenseman role for the ’Yotes. An undrafted free agent out of the OHL’s London Knights, Mermis has boosted his stock through his first three pro seasons and seems poised for an NHL career.
Mermis, 24, played in nine games with Arizona last season. He was held scoreless in limited minutes, but did make his mark defensively. After a 19-point campaign with the AHL’s Tuscon Roadrunners that was followed up by an impressive postseason performance, Mermis is likely to push for playtime with the Coyotes next season. However, the two-way nature of his contract will allow Arizona to stash him in the minors if need be.