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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Edmonton Oilers may be moving to Rogers Place in 2016, but for now, they still call Rexall Place home — and there is no over-the-counter medicine available for what ails drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz’s sad-sack defensive team.
The worst home team in the National Hockey League was crushed 6-2 by the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night, giving them a meagre three wins (over the New Jersey Devils, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers) in 12 games as hosts.
If you’re going to be bad, be bad on the road, not at home, and while another Rexall sellout was announced, there were scores of empty seats, so it appears the fans are voting to stay away even if they’ve paid for the tickets — never a good thing.
When asked how he’d feel if he was an Oilers fan leaving the building this season, Ryan Jones took the fifth.
“It’s a question I don’t want to answer, to be honest,” he said.
continued and watch Coach Eakins below as he talks post-game, Eakins now looks like a coach searching for answers.
Wayne Gretzky will be repaid money he was owed by former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, the NHL agreeing to cut a check to the Great One after reaching a tentative deal with the legend, sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.
Sources would not confirm the exact figure, but it's believed to be around $7 to $8 million.
The NHL for the past few years had sought to get the money owed to Gretzky from Moyes via a lawsuit but a judge threw out most of the league's claims from the suit against Moyes in early October.
In light of the delays associated with the Moyes litigation, the Audit/Finance Committee from the NHL's Board of Governors approved a plan to make Gretzky whole for deferred compensation owed to him by Moyes, and which was never paid as a result of the Coyotes bankruptcy back in September 2009, source have told ESPN.com.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the deal is worth between $7 and $8 million.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Even when the Coyotes were in the midst of a recent 8-1-1 stretch, concerns festered under the surface.
And now that the Coyotes are winless in their past two games, those trouble spots have taken center stage.
“They were covered up maybe on the outside, but inside we’ve been pounding away at it,” coach Dave Tippett said. “We know that our defending and our penalty kill are areas that have to improve. We’ll continue to find ways to do that.”
After giving up a pair of power-play goals in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks — the Coyotes’ first regulation defeat on home ice this season — the penalty-kill unit has allowed a goal in nine of the past 11 games. In those nine games, the Coyotes have given up 13 power-play goals.
Overall, the unit ranks 28th in the league at 76.1 percent.
“Anytime you’re a man short, there’s going to be breakdowns,” defenseman Michael Stone said. “It’s just what’s going to happen. We need to limit that and get pucks out and battle harder around our net. Don’t give up the easy passes that teams have been getting on us.”
“There were a couple of incidents where he (Bryzgalov) wasn’t happy with the way our team played in front of him and he did a few things that caused us to say something to him and put him in his place. [He called us out] in not a very professional way. We had to take care of him because it wasn't always about him. It was about the team.
"He was unbelievable, a Vezina candidate, he got us to the playoffs. There's no question he probably played a little harder knowing that he was coming into free agency. Right now he's in a spot where he has to prove himself again.''
-Scottie Upshall on Ilya Bryzgalov when they were teammates in Phoenix. More from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel.
Oduya down, Oduya up and Oduya down again.
"I try to win with what I have. Those first couple of years here in Phoenix, we were a little lean on the scoring end, so we just couldn't give up anything. Now, we've got pretty good balance."
"Nobody ever mentions we were in the Western finals two years ago because all that's been focused on was our ownership issues. Now that's been taken care of, maybe they start noticing we can be a good team."
-Dave Tippett, head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. More about the 11-3-2 Coyotes from Pierre LeBrun as the prepare to face the Anaheim Ducks tonight.
Brian Leetch of the NHL Player Safety Department explains the suspension.
Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Monday for a hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry on Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.
At 13:42 of the first period, Hanzal checked Petry against the boards in the Edmonton end after Petry had moved the puck. Hanzal received a two-minute minor for charging on the play.
Petry was shaken up on the play but remained in the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: charging. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
added 12:59pm, Thanks to Sportsnet, you can watch the hit below...
On what player he would compare Ekman-Larsson to:
“It’s one of those thing that nobody wants to ever say because it’s such a huge compliment and such a hard thing to live up to. But his personality and the way he plays the game, with his stick and how smart he is, he has a lot of things that look like Nicklas Lidstrom. He’s a kind of lanky guy that gets his shot through. I’ve obvious never gotten to play with him, just against him a lot. Obviously to compare anyone to him is almost blasphemy, but at the same time, if there is anyone you could come close to, it would be Oliver.”
-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes, via Mayor's Manor where you can read more from Doan.
Mike Smith stickhandled into the no touch zone and paid the price as Jason Spezza scores one of his natural hat trick goals. The Sens won 4-3 in OT.
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