SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –
The Arizona Coyotes terminated the contract with newly signed forward free agent Alex Galchenyuk after he was arrested on multiple charges last weekend.
Coyotes terminated Galchenyuk’s contract on Friday for a serious breach of terms a day after placing him on unconditional immunity.
“We are aware of the incident involving Alex Galchenyuk and strongly condemn this type of behavior,” Coyotes said in a statement. “Once the Club became aware of the allegations, we immediately commenced the process of terminating his standard Player Contract through the appropriate channels in conjunction with the National Hockey League.
Galchenyuk was arrested Sunday on charges of hitting and fleeing personal property, disorderly conduct, disobedience, resisting arrest and making threats or intimidation, according to the Scottsdale Police Department. A spokesman said the hit-and-run crash caused only property damage and no injuries.
Galchenyuk was placed in the Scottsdale City Jail on a misdemeanor charge and released the next day on his own admission.
The Coyotes signed a one-year, $775,000 USD contract with Galchenyuk on July 1, the day of the freelance agency’s opening, for his third stint with the team. He played 11 games for the Colorado Avalanche last season, spending most of the year with the AHL.