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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.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Jeff Halpern to a one-year, two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Last season, the 6-foot, 190-pound Halpern recorded 1-2-3 and 10 penalty minutes (PIM) in 46 games with the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens.
via John Shannon tweets,
Arizona courts rules against NHL in its claim that former owner Jerry Moyes should be held responsible for losses since 2009.
Court also rules that Moyes is not responsible for paying Wayne Gretzky more than 6.5 million dollars he is owed from the franchise.
from the Arizona Republic,
“We are continuing to review Judge Baum’s decision and to evaluate next steps,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Arizona Republic in an e-mail. The NHL could appeal the ruling or move forward with the remaining portions of the case.
more on the ruling...
Craig Custance of ESPN did an online chat today and here are some highlights from it...
I get the feeling the Rangers will not wait long to make a big trade if the team doesn't perform. What big offensive names do you see available this year?
Craig Custance Ohh, good question. It's a little early for trade speculation but there could be some good offensive players available. If Columbus struggles, I wouldn't be surprised if Marian Gaborik is moved but doubt the Rangers want to go down that road again. How about Thomas Vanek? He's not looking for an extension right now in Buffalo and if they're terrible, there's no reason to think that will change. He'd be a great addition for somebody.
Every year there's a surprise goalie in the league that has an awesome year. Who are the top candidates this year?
Craig Custance My pick would be Semyon Varlamov who looks great in early going for the Avalanche. He worked hard this summer to get ready for the season, training for a week in Switzerland with new goalie coach Francois Allaire and then spending more time in Montreal w/Allaire and Giguere. Doesn't hurt to have Patrick Roy as your coach either. His biggest thing is consistency, so he still needs to prove it over the long haul.
Could the always overlooked Coyotes be a legitimate threat just because of owneship settlement ? I love they're team but it's pretty much the same except Ribeiro . What do ya think ?
Craig Custance They're definitely legitimate because of the caliber coach they have in Dave Tippett. It hinges on Mike Smith. If he returns to form, they're a playoff team. Ekman-Larsson is one of the game's best young defenseman. Maybe even a Norris finalist this year. Lots of depth on D. Would still like to see them add another scoring winger.
from Andrew Gilstrap of ArizonaSports,
One of the Coyotes' new owners described opening day as the culmination of all his work in successfully purchasing the team from the NHL.
"It feels like Christmas morning over here," Anthony LeBlanc told Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf on Thursday. "It's euphoria. We've worked on this (ownership deal) for so long. I've been in and out of this for four years."
LeBlanc, as president, CEO and co-owner of the Coyotes, is responsible for all the hiring within the organization as well as finding sponsorship and media deals for the club. However, the Canada native said he leaves all "hockey decisions" to general manager Don Maloney.
"We look at (Maloney) and we look at (head coach) Dave Tippett as, quite frankly, hockey geniuses," LeBlanc said. "We were very direct in our conversations with the league as we were negotiating that those two gentlemen need to be a part of it. And the league agreed that they are such an important part of the business.
"The good news is (Maloney) has got a little bit more financial leeway than he's had in the past."
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes failed at failing.
And because they did they’re still alive, and their wish has come true.
The ownership group IceArizona rescued the franchise, and the Coyotes will be like the 29 other NHL teams when their season starts Thursday against the New York Rangers at Jobing.com Arena.
But equality never was the ultimate goal. A Stanley Cup is. The Coyotes just believed they needed the presence of ownership to get there.
And now that they have that, it’s time to prove they can be better.
“For four years, we talked about we could be a very good organization if we got stability,” coach Dave Tippett said. “We felt like we had good pieces in place, and there was always the thought stability would get us to the next level. Well, we’ve proven that we can continue to grow. But there’s a big difference between ‘could’ be a good organization and having people say you are a good organization, and now we have to be the ‘are.’ ”
The easiest way to do that is to assemble a core of players integral to the team’s success and keep them together. That foundation has been percolating since Tippett’s arrival in 2009, but long-term addition was a challenge when management couldn’t offer security.
Reports out of Arizona today stated Bissonnette was scheduled to meet with Gary Bettman tomorrow to appeal his automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench.
NEW YORK (September 28, 2013) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has reduced Phoenix forward Paul Bissonnette’s suspension from 10 games to three (3) games for his conduct in leaving his team’s bench to join an altercation during NHL Preseason Game No. 9 in Phoenix on September 15, 2013.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Coyotes will be introducing tailgating at Jobing.com Arena for all weekend home games during the 2013-14 Coyotes regular season.
Tailgating on Jobing.com Arena parking lots (A, B, G, J, K and Y) will begin with the Coyotes first weekend regular season home game on Saturday, October 19 when the Coyotes take on the Detroit Red Wings. Game time is 6 p.m. with lots opening at 2:00 p.m. In total, the Coyotes will have 17 tailgating experiences during the regular season.
"We are excited to introduce tailgating prior to all Coyotes weekend home games this season," said LeBlanc. "We are very fortunate to live in a city that has such great weather during the hockey season so we are encouraging fans to come early to our weekend games and enjoy the great atmosphere outside Jobing.com Arena. We are continually looking for new ways to enhance the game experience for our fans."
A complete list of Coyotes games when tailgating is permitted on Jobing.com Arena parking lots is listed below:
Chris Daniels, who has reported extensively on Seattle's arena situation for Seattle's King5 TV, spoke to Sportsnet Radio 590's Bob McCown about the Arena process and the prospect of the NHL coming to Seattle and playing in the existing Key Arena. Includes a discussion about whether the NHL could come to Seattle and when any commitments would have to be made, whether the people of Seattle 'pine' for an NHL franchise, and whether the proposed Arena could be built on the back of an NHL franchise only if the NBA didn't also return to the market.
Listen here (starting at about 31:39)
Thanks to @theYotesHunter for the link and time.
from Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com,
Keith Yandle playing goaltender for the Phoenix Coyotes? No, one of the game’s top two-way defenceman won’t be tending the twine in Arizona. But there was a time when the blueliner did turn away his fair share of slapshots.
During his days growing up in Massachusetts, Yandle had his sights set on the goaltending position when he first started playing minor hockey.
He ultimately got his wish, albeit not a full-time role between the pipes. In fact, it was not an uncommon sight to see Yandle split each game between defence and goalie.
“My dad and the other coach, I remember them having to rip off my goalie pads and put on shin pads really quick,” recalled Yandle, who also excelled at several other sports, including baseball, football and lacrosse. “I enjoyed playing both positions. It was just a little hectic trying to do both.”
The high cost of goalie equipment, accompanied by Yandle’s strong play on the blueline, eventually led to him to settle on playing defence.
He has no regrets, especially after a recent attempt to relive his youth.
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