Even in these uncertain times, Michael Chaput has found some certainty. The minor league forward has signed a new one-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes for the 2020-21 season, giving him a little stability in what has been a roller-coaster of a career. The contract will be a two-way deal, though financial details have not been released by the Coyotes. Chaput was scheduled for unrestricted free agency at the end of this season.
Chaput, 27, has already been part of several organizations in his professional career. Originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 draft, he was traded before even making it out of junior. A member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens before arriving in Arizona, it looks like he finally may be able to unpack his bags for a bit.
Through 47 games for the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL this season, the 6’2″ forward has 16 goals and 29 points. He also has suited up twice for the Coyotes but failed to record a single point. The two-way deal should come with a hefty guarantee considering his minor league success, though he’ll still have to clear waivers to end up back in the AHL next season.