Phoenix Coyotes sign David Schlemko to two-year extension
Defenseman David Schlemko has been out of commission for the past three weeks with a shoulder injury, but he hasn’t fallen off the team’s radar as the Coyotes and Schlemko agreed to a two-year contract extension Monday. The average annual value of the contract is $1.1875 million, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. “Obviously, it’s flattering to know that they have confidence in me, that they want me here for two more years, and they’re giving me that opportunity,” Schlemko said. Contract talks started once the lockout ended but became more serious in the past two weeks, Schlemko said. With 118 career games with the Coyotes, Schlemko was set to become a restricted free agent at season’s end. “He’s a very underrated player because, as a defenseman, he moves the puck very well,” coach Dave Tippett said. “He’s a very smart player, so we just think he fits in a number of roles. He can play both sides of special teams. He can contribute in a lot of different ways. He’s a player that continues to improve and continues to find his way in the NHL and earned a new contract.”
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