Saturday: Looke has cleared waivers, paving the way for his deal to officially be terminated, Morgan reports.
Friday: The Arizona Coyotes have terminated Jens Looke’s contract according to Craig Morgan of The Athletic. Looke actually had one year left on his entry-level deal, but had recently signed with Timra IK in the SHL. In order to do that, the Coyotes have agreed to terminate the deal and placed him on unconditional waivers.
Looke, 22, was actually a third-round pick of the Coyotes back in 2015 but hasn’t shown enough over the last two seasons to be part of Arizona’s plans going forward. The talented playmaking winger couldn’t find a fit with the Tucson Roadrunners, recording just 32 points over 120 games in the AHL the past two seasons. He’ll return to Sweden to continue his development, and may actually end up being a name we hear down the road in regards to a potential return.
With the termination the Coyotes will lose the rights to Looke, making him an unrestricted free agent. His departure will open up a contract slot for them, but is a disappointing end after investing the 83rd pick in him just a few years ago.