Andy Miele’s time in North America appears to be coming to an end…again. Craig Morgan of AZ Coyotes Insider reports (Twitter link) that the center has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination.
A prolific scorer at the college level, the 32-year-old has carved out a reasonable career for himself as a top producer at the lower levels but it has failed to materialize into much of an NHL opportunity as he has just 15 games under his belt, all with Arizona in his first stint with the team after he left Miami (Ohio).
Last July, he decided to make the trek back from the KHL and signed a two-year deal with the Coyotes that guaranteed him at least $350K per year. However, he never made it past the AHL and while he was quite productive with the Tucson Roadrunners with 15 goals and 33 assists in 58 games, it sounds as if he wants to go back overseas as he was linked to return to Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod where he spent the 2018-19 campaign.
Assuming he clears waivers at 11 AM CT on Sunday, the Coyotes will be able to release Miele from his contract with no salary cap penalty.