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from Russell Brooks at PhoenixCoyotes.com,
Looking to bring enthusiasm to the bench, Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky made an extraordinary coaching maneuver Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
During the second intermission of Phoenix’s 4-1 victory at Jobing.com Arena, Gretzky decided to move Assistant Coach Doug Sulliman from his normal perch in the press box down to ice level.
“Going into the third period tonight, I just thought we needed another guy there with a little bit of energy,” Gretzky said. “I knew it would energize the players. It was something I was thinking about for the last couple games.”
via Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed defenseman Ken Klee from Anaheim on re-entry waivers. That means Anaheim will have to pay half of what Klee has remaining on his $1.250 million salary.
“Maybe it’s a good thing I’m not with Team Canada anymore. Because every time we saw Jarome, he was auditioning (and he’d score three or four). I’ve got the white flag now — tell him I’m not there. Go do it against Detroit.”
-Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky talking about Jarome Iginla. More on the Flames/Coyotes matchup tonight at Flames Insider.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes left wing Shane Doan got an unexpected result when he attempted to score against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. His shot broke the puck in two pieces when it hit the glass, something that neither coach Wayne Gretzky nor Doan’s teammates remember ever seeing.
So how did he do it?
He flexed his biceps, then laughed.
The puck broke when it hit the partition in the glass.
And theory the the puck was traveling at 200 mph?
“Oh, it might have been,” he joked.
from the CP via TSN,
A nasty hit on Andrei Kostitsyn opened the door for Georges Laraque to show why the Montreal Canadiens went looking for an enforcer last summer.
Laraque was front and centre in a rough and chippy second period as the Canadiens downed the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on two goals from Alex Tanguay and a goal and two assists from Saku Koivu on Saturday night, although they look to have lost their gifted left winger Kostitsyn for an undetermined period.
“Whether it was cheap hit or not, when one of your best players gets knocked out like that, you’re not going to say it’s OK - you want to respond to it,” said Laraque.
continued and watch a video of the hit below…
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
They’re having fun in Phoenix. Not encumbered by weighty expectations, this is a team mixed with youthful energy and veteran personalities like captain Shane Doan. It’d be harder to find a looser dressing room than the Coyotes’....
The rookies have made an effort to respect to the veterans. It’s simple things, Turris explained, like letting the older players on the team plane first.
Tikhonov said he always allow the vets off the bus first and makes sure the rookies are the last to grab their hotel keys.
Small things, yes, but in the forming of team chemistry early in the season on one of the NHL’s youngest teams, it’s important.
TORONTO (October 17, 2008) – Phoenix Coyotes’ left wing Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of an altercation during NHL game #46 against the Chicago Blackhawks, October 15, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Carcillo will forfeit $9,610.22. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 17:00 of the second period, Carcillo, who was on the players’ bench, became involved with Blackhawks’ player Ben Eager, who was on the ice.
from Kevin Allen at Mucking and Grinding,
Although Phoenix’s second consecutive impressive rookie class will probably receive more attention this season, it is the presence of a noteworthy No. 1 line that probably means more for the team this season.
In the line of Peter Mueller, Olli Jokinen and Shane Doan, the Coyotes potentially have a line that could be among the NHL’s top 10 lines this season.
My guess is this line will net between 235-250 points this season if it sticks together.
via Working the Corners,
SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announced today that they have reached an agreement to have the local blackout lifted for nine 2008-09 San Jose Sharks games that are not scheduled to be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The move will allow those local hockey fans who subscribe to the Center Ice hockey package to view all of the Sharks 82 regular season games on television.
Looks like a trend may be developing- via a press release from the Phoenix Coyotes…
Phoenix Coyotes Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bucek announced today that the National Hockey League has lifted the “NHL Center Ice” blackout in the Phoenix region for 19 Coyotes games. Coyotes fans that subscribe to the “NHL Center Ice” package will now be able to see 78 of the Coyotes’ 80 remaining games on television this season
from Puck Daddy at Yahoo Sports,
Still, there are NHL franchises looking about as healthy as Amy Winehouse with a head cold. The venerable Forbes magazine believes three of them are the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders; and it’s placed that trio on its list of “The 10 Sports Franchises Most Likely To Move.”
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