Steve Reinprecht will not be back with the Coyotes next year. Facing a situation where the team felt they could not resign the player, the Yotes have swapped his rights to the Florida Panthers in exchange for 23-year-old left wing Stefan Myers. We’re checking with our AHL contracts and will have a scouting report on Myers shortly.
Myers was drafted in the second round (#55 overall) by the Panthers in 2003. He has spent the last four seasons with the American League Rochester Americans scoring 64 goals and 130 points in 266 games. He made his NHL debut with the Panthers last year going scoreless in 4 games. Meyer stands 6’ 2” and weighs 194. He is a restricted free agent.
Upon completion of the trade, Reinprecht signed a three year contract with the Panthers averaging just a little over $2 million per season. Since coming to Phoenix in a deadline deal with Calgary in 2005, he had been a useful player who provided leadership and versatility. The 33-year-old went 14-27-41 last year despite missing a month with a shoulder injury. It’s worth noting that his absence from the lineup coincided with the Coyotes February swoon that cost the team any chance at a playoff spot.
Update: Our AHL correspondent (who happens to be in Rochester) tells us that Myers is a good team guy, but only a little above average player for the AHL level. He questions whether Myers can ever be a full time NHLer. Myers has been in Rochester a long time and might've gotten a little stale. Even so, he's still young and maybe with a change of scene and another year older, he might be ready to take another step up.