The 33-year-old winger played nine NHL seasons, starting at age 25, but couldn’t find a new contract over the summer, eventually taking a professional tryout contract (PTO) with the Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators. A contract didn’t materialize during his time there.
Last season the veteran scored four goals and eight assists through 60 games with Arizona. That was a significant step back in production from the kind of secondary scoring Moss had provided previously during his 501 career NHL games split between the Coyotes and Calgary Flames. In the 2013-14 season he put up eight goals and 14 assists through 79 games while averaging just under two minutes more than he did last season.
Moss is one of many regular NHLers who had a tough time finding work over the summer, with the cap going up less than expected and teams turning to younger players en masse. Some, like Curtis Glencross, decided to retire, while others took their time hoping for another PTO — Martin Havlat and Dainius Zubrus took in-season PTOs that turned into contracts — but found themselves signing overseas after nothing came through, like David Booth did just last week.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.