The Arizona Coyotes and defenseman Jarred Tinordi didn’t see the start of their relationship kick off to a great start last season, as the blue liner ended up missing nearly the entire spring campaign with a PED violation suspension.
Now that he’s returned, he’ll get a chance to stick with the team – but working his way up from the minors.
The Coyotes waived the 24-year-old Tinordi on Friday, exposing the first round pick defenseman to the other 29 NHL clubs for 24 hours before he was eligible to hit the AHL. No teams placed a claim for him, though, so he’s headed to the Tucson Roadrunners.
Drafted 22nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2010, Tinordi was dealt to the Coyotes in the controversial swap that sent enforcer John Scott to the Canadiens just ahead of the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. Prior to getting moved to Arizona, the blue liner had played in just three regular season NHL games for Montreal.
He was signed to a two-way deal by Arizona over the summer, although he’s been unable to participate in games due to his suspension. Now that it’s over, he’ll get a chance to get back into the swing of playing in games with the Roadrunners – likely the best course of action for the defenseman, as he only played in seven regular season games for Arizona last year. Hopefully, time in the minors will get him back into the swing of regular play, which should help clear up his future – whether it be with Arizona or elsewhere.