October 9, 2021

The Coyotes are ready to part ways with center Jason Dickinson and defenseman Matt Duchenne, according to several NHL teams.

The Coyotes and the Blue Birds reached a one-year, $2.75 million contract extension on Friday.

The deal, which also includes a two-way contract, was the first one between the two sides in more than two decades.

“Jason and Matt have been fantastic teammates for the past couple of seasons,” general manager Don Maloney said in a statement.

“I know they’re both committed to Arizona, and they both are excited to be back with the Coyotes.

They both made a huge impact during their time with the team, and we wish them the best as they look to continue their journey.”

The three-time all-star, who played for the Coyotes from 2008-12, is the third consecutive Blue Jackets player to leave the team.

The team traded defenseman Ryan Murray to the Montreal Canadiens in a three-team trade in July 2018, and the Coyotes traded defenseman Jakub Voracek to the New York Rangers in June.

The two teams haven’t had a full offseason together, and Maloney had to make a decision about his next NHL head coach.

“We feel that Jason and Matt are in a great position to transition to other clubs,” Maloney told reporters on Thursday.

“Both players are good young players who have played a lot of minutes together, which gives them a lot to offer.”

Both players were the subject of trade rumors before the trade deadline.

While the Coyotes were able to acquire a top prospect in goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, the team’s cap hit will likely fall short of what they would have been able to receive in a similar trade.

The Blue Jackets have a $2 million cap hit for the 2017-18 season.