With less than two months remaining until the NHL’s March 3 trade deadline, we’re bringing you one deadline-focused story each day at Daily Faceoff.
Today we’re going to focus on Arizona Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who was No. 11 on our latest Trade Targets board last week.
2023 Trade Deadline Countdown: 49 Days
- Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes
- Shoots: Left
- Age: 29
- Height: 5’11″ | Weight: 180 lbs.
- Cap Hit: $4.5 million AAV
- Term: Pending UFA
- Trade Clauses: No restrictions
- Stats: 41 GP, 9 goals, 19 assists, 28 points, 22:29 avg TOI
- Career: 9th season (seven with Philadelphia), 504 GP, 83 goals, 298 points, 20:30 avg TOI
Archetype and Ideal Role
Puck-Mover, Third Pair
Gostisbehere was the No. 20 ranked Puck-Moving Defenseman in Daily Faceoff’s Archetype Ranking series. Ideally, he is slotted in a featured offensive role – where he can contribute at both even-strength and on the power play. Like other high-flying defensemen, he will likely need to play with a strong defender, in a sheltered role, or both.
The “Ghost” is enjoying a career revival at age 29. After the Flyers were forced to spend second and seventh round picks in 2022 to move off his contract, he went on to put up 51 points in 82 games last season. Health is a big reason why he was so productive – along with a clear boost in confidence. He dealt with multiple injuries at the end of his tenure in Philadelphia and he has not missed a game in a season and a half in Arizona.
Gostisbehere never lost his ability to move the puck, but a lot of criticism fell on him and his $27 million contract as the Flyers collectively failed to meet expectations.