Jul 3, 2:52 p.m.: Arizona has made the acquisition official, but did not confirm the terms of the contract.
Jul 2, 6:10 p.m.: The Coyotes are set to add some more forward depth as PHNX Sports’ Craig Morgan reports (Twitter link) that Arizona has agreed to terms with free agent winger John Leonard on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay $775K in the NHL and $80K in the minors while having a guaranteed salary of $150K.
The 24-year-old was a sixth-round pick by San Jose back in 2018 and spent two years in their system before being moved to Nashville as part of the Luke Kunin trade last summer. Last season, he spent the bulk of the year with the Preds’ affiliate in Milwaukee, putting up 17 goals and 27 assists in 67 regular season games while chipping in with an assist in six postseason contests. However, they opted to non-tender him on Friday, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Leonard has seen NHL action in each of his three professional campaigns, including six with the Predators last season, scoring once. All told, he has 64 career appearances at the top level, tallying five goals and 11 assists while logging an average of a little over 11 minutes per night.
Leonard is likely to start the season with Arizona’s AHL affiliate in Tucson but should be among the early candidates for a recall. If things go well for him in 2023-24, the Coyotes can retain his rights as an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent through the 2025-26 campaign.