The Arizona Coyotes have re-signed winger Lawson Crouse to a five-year contract capped at $4.3 million.
« We are very pleased to sign Lawson to a long-term contract, » Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong said in a statement on the signing. « He is a powerful, powerful and talented striker and we hope he will play an important role in our future. »
Crouse was a restricted free agent after completing a three-year contract capped at $1,533,333. It was scheduled for an arbitration hearing later in the day, so the two sides managed to reach an agreement before having to resort to the hearing.
Crouse had a career year in 2021-22, with 20 goals, 14 assists and 34 points in 65 games, all tying or setting career highs. Originally an 11th overall pick of the Florida Panthers, he joined the Coyotes in a trade that saw them accept Dave Bolland’s contract.
While Crouse’s offensive production came more from a high 16.13% shooting percentage than any repeatable skill, he took a small step forward as a solid defensive end in 2021-22. He still had pretty ugly underlying numbers, with a 44.96% shot attempt share and an expected goal share of 45.52% at even strength, but that was more the effects of playing for a team. of tanking Coyotes. His relative numbers look a little better, with a shot attempt share of +1.7% and an expected goal share of +4.11%.
While you could argue the deal is costly for the Coyotes, it probably won’t have too many long-term impacts for a team that’s (still) rebuilding. Even with the deal now, the Coyotes have over $20 million in cap space, so even in the later years they’ll likely have no problem building around this deal. They still have Barret Hayton to re-sign as he has just completed his entry-level contract.