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Rumors: T.J. Hensick to Sign with the Phoenix Coyotes?

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 30:  TJ Hensick #7 of the Colorado Avalanche in action during their game against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion on October 30, 2009 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Derek PivkoCorrespondent INovember 28, 2009

One name that is currently under the radar after being waived by the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday is T.J. Hensick.

Hours after being waived by the Avalanche, Hensick’s name has become a popular topic amongst hockey message boards.

One team that should take a shot at claiming Hensick off waivers are the Phoenix Coyotes.

Think about it for a second. The Coyotes have a successful history when it comes to signing players off waivers. Last month the Coyotes claimed Paul Bissonnette off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins after he failed to make the Penguins roster. Bissonnette has taken over the duty of enforcer for the Coyotes as his popularity in Phoenix has soared.

Perhaps the most successful waiver pick up by the  Coyotes was back in the 07-08 season when the Coyotes claimed Ilya Bryzgalov off waivers from Anaheim. Bryzgalov has since become the face of the Coyotes organization as his three shutouts has him tied for first place amongst goaltenders Tomas Vokoum (Florida) and Tim Thomas (Boston).

What could Hensick bring to the table?

Granted, he doesn’t have much of a scoring touch. But you can say that to the majority of the Coyotes right now.

Despite being 23, Hensick has four years of college (University of Michigan), almost a hundred games in the NHL, and has been a pro for three seasons. His resume alone is oozing with potential something which the Coyotes organization builds upon.

The signing of Hensick would serve as a wake up call for several Coyotes. Until last night, the Coyotes have struggled to put the puck in the net. The signing of Hensick would send messages to players telling them that they can be replaced unless they decide to turn things around quickly.

If the Coyotes claim Hensick off waivers, it would totally be worth the risk.

Especially when there is no risk to begin with. We learned at Michigan that he could be an offensive force. The Coyotes will face injuries throughout the season as well as healthy scratches. Having a guy like Hensick on the ice gaining valuable experience is worth the gamble.

Maybe he will finally live up to his potential, maybe not.

What do we got to lose?

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