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It seems apparent that when the Coyotes said center Jay Beagle would get a second medical opinion on his lower body injury, that diagnosis for Beagle was out long-term.
To address that, the Coyotes added another veteran center, Riley Nash, off waivers on Thursday. Nash, 32, played in 25 games this season between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets and has yet to register a point
"We've been banged up down the middle," Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong told Arizona Sports 98.7 Thursday afternoon. "He can play kind of play from your first line all the way down to your fourth line. Really good on faceoffs, good on the PKs (penalty kills). He's also a leader. We like that."
The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Alberta native has played in 603 career regular-season NHL games over 11 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes, Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Jets and Lightning. He has 63 career goals, 109 assists and 140 penalty minutes.
Nash set single-season career-highs for goals with 15 and assists with 26 in 2017-18 while with the Bruins. He's currently on a one-year contract he signed with Winnipeg, and was placed on waivers by the Lightning on Wednesday.
Besides not having Beagle, the Coyotes just got centers Travis Boyd and Christian Fischer back from COVID protocol. Johan Larsson is also back, but dealt with COVID and injury recently.
Armstrong said Nash has ties to Coyotes assistant GM John Ferguson from their days with the Bruins, when Ferguson was in the front office. Ferguson thought highly of Nash.
Beagle has been a huge part of the team, Armstrong said, and he hopes Nash can provide that same kind of leadership.
"We're going to bring him in here, and he's going to get a great chance to move into our lineup and just give it some more veteran presence," Armstrong said of Nash.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona Coyotes add another seasoned veteran to roster, forward Nash