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January 5, 2014 | 11:44am ET
Coyotes searching for depth
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Though nothing appears to be imminent, Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney would like to add some defensive depth to his roster.

Maloney has been scouring the league for a stay-at-home defenseman and a two-way depth forward.

The Coyotes haven't had any trouble putting the puck in the net, sitting seventh in the NHL in goals per game, it's keeping it out of their own goal that has been a concern for management and the coaching staff.

Phoenix currently ranks 25th in the NHL in goals-against, averaging three per game.

Starting goaltender Mike Smith and backup netminder Thomas Greiss have performed well this season, but could use a little extra assistance in front of them.

Blueliner Zbynek Michalek has been out of action with a lower body injury and even when he returns, the team is hoping to add to their defensive corps.

The Coyotes are believed to be interested in New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, though word around the League suggests the Rangers aren't willing to deal him at this point in the season, despite interest from multiple teams.

Maloney is also eyeing Florida forwards Scottie Upshall and Tomas Kopecky, both of whom the Panthers are willing to move, for the right price.

Upshall, 30, owns a limited no-movement clause and might need to approve any deal the Panthers try to complete.


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