Arizona Coyotes Release Alex Galchenyuk Following Hit-and-Run Arrest, Ending Brief Stint : Report

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In a surprising turn of events, the Arizona Coyotes have made the decision to release Alex Galchenyuk less than two weeks after signing him to a deal. This move comes in the wake of his recent arrest on charges related to a private property hit-and-run incident, disorderly conduct, failure to obey, resisting arrest, and threatening or intimidating.

Galchenyuk’s arrest resulted in his booking at the Scottsdale city jail on misdemeanor charges. However, he was released the following day on his own recognizance, as the hit-and-run incident only caused property damage, with no reported injuries.

The Arizona Coyotes released a statement on Thursday, announcing that they had placed forward Alex Galchenyuk on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. At present, the team has chosen not to provide any further comment on the matter. The NHL Players Association is currently reviewing the situation.

Prior to this release, Galchenyuk had signed a one-year deal worth $775,000, marking his third stint with the Coyotes organization. He had previously played for the team during the 2018-2019 and 2021-2022 seasons. His professional hockey career began when the Montreal Canadiens selected him as the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Galchenyuk spent the first six seasons of his career with the Canadiens before embarking on a journey that saw him don the jerseys of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche, and two AHL teams in the span of the last five seasons.

The release of Alex Galchenyuk by the Arizona Coyotes concludes his brief tenure with the team, leaving both fans and the hockey community taken aback by the swift turn of events.

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