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"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.
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.
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