The Coyotes have been among the more conservative operators this off-season, waiting for potential buyer Greg Jamison and long-term captain Shane Doan to decide their futures with the team before the front office could further retool the roster.

But in the weeks leading up to the scheduled open of training camps in mid-September, the pulse around the league has copied that of the Coyotes, slowing as uncertainty picks up with the collective-bargaining agreement expiration date approaching.

"Everybody is in a holding pattern in regards to the deals they can potentially make," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. "The last number of years August is a quiet month anyway, but this CBA makes it a little quieter than normal."