By Mark HachimuraThe Arizona Coyotes have signed two of the most important young players in franchise history.
Now, the club has to decide whether to let one of them sign a big contract or let the other leave the organization to pursue bigger money elsewhere.
On Monday, GM Don Maloney told the Arizona Republic that the team is considering signing both defenseman Justin Schultz and forward Jordan Nolan to long-term contracts.
Schultz, 19, has scored 13 goals and 24 points in 54 games for the Coyotes this season.
He has also played in nine games for Vancouver.
Nolan, 20, is coming off a career year with the Vancouver Canucks.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound forward had five goals and six assists in 20 games.
The Coyotes have already signed veteran forward Matt Bartkowski, who is coming up on the five-year anniversary of his first NHL season.
Maloney said Bartkowski is an unrestricted free agent.
Nordin Fleury, who has had two goals and three assists in seven games, has also been a regular in the lineup.
The Arizona Republic reported last week that the Coyotes had signed unrestricted free-agent forward Brandon Carlo to a one-year deal.
Carlo was a second-round pick by the Los Angeles Kings in 2014.
The team has been linked to free-agency centers Pavel Zacha and Michael Stone, who were both drafted in the third round by the Kings.