Goligoski was signed over the offseason to provide another steady hand to Arizona’s top four.
But if the first two games are any indication of what Goligoski is going to bring the rest of this road trip, let alone this season, then his contract may be the one that mars John Chayka’s immediate successes as the NHL’s youngest GM.
He’s been a minus-4, essentially having been on the ice for half of Arizona’s goals allowed over their two games this season so far.
More than the goals, the questionable decision making when passing the puck has been concerning.
Another problem exposed in the first two games is Jamie McBain.
In the second game, McBain got 16:40 of ice time between the power play and even-strength.
That was too much.
In fact, I’d suggest McBain got 16:40 too much of ice time.
McBain was presumably brought in to serve as a solid depth defenseman and Tucson top four scorer. He was not signed to have first round pick Jakob Chychrun scratched, though they play different sides.
And he was certainly not brought in to help run a power play.
So what should the Coyotes do with him? Put him where he belongs.
The impending return of Michael Stone should free Arizona up to do just that…provided it’s McBain who is sent down and not Jakob Chychrun. If #21’s presence forces Chychrun back to Sarnia, that’s a mistake for the Coyotes.
This is a matter of talent, this is a matter of making the team better and this is a matter of winning games.