50% Pay Cut For Former Maple Leafs Defenseman

It's been a rough couple of seasons for the 26-year-old defenseman, a former 2nd-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Travis Dermott has now accepted a one-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes, at a more than 50% pay cut from his previous salary.

It's a one-year, two-way deal for the left-shot Dermott; he'll earn just $25,000 above the minimum salary, at $800,000 at the NHL level, and $450,000 in the AHL. He earned $1.75 million on a one-way contract last season with the Vancouver Canucks. 

But Dermott lost a large amount of his 2022-23 season to concussion issues, and played in just 11 games. 

A strong skater, he'd fallen out of favour with the Toronto Maple Leafs after 4½ seasons there to begin his career, and really never earned the trust of the coaching staff despite some decent metrics. He was dealt to the Canucks in 2022, but things didn't change much in Vancouver for him. 

For the Coyotes, it's another move to add to their depth, especially on the blueline, which is lacking in experience. 

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