Today, three days after the Arizona Coyotes’ season officially ended, the Arizona Coyotes reassigned forward Conor Garland to the Tucson Roadrunners. Finishing ninth in the NHL’s Western Conference, the injury-ravaged Coyotes narrowly missed the NHL playoffs, being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention last Thursday after their second to last game of the year.
Garland, who had 19 points in 18 games (8G, 11A) with the Roadrunners at the start of the season was called up to the Coyotes in December. Due to injuries, Garland remained on the NHL roster for the remainder of the 2018-19 season, providing valuable depth scoring, registering 13 goals, 5 assists, and 18 points in 47 NHL games this year.
Conor Garland will be a huge addition to the Roadrunners’ roster down the stretch as they are currently one point out of the playoffs with a game in hand on the Colorado Eagles, with three games left in the regular season. Tucson’s next game is tomorrow on the road against the division-leading Bakersfield Condors and the final two games of the regular season are at home against the San Diego Gulls, Friday and Saturday night.
With the game in hand, Tucson controls their own destiny, as a win tomorrow in Bakersfield would give the Roadrunners one more point than the Colorado Eagles in the same number of games played.