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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The NHL has its destroyers (Georges Laraque), true heavies (Jody Shelley, Derek Boogaard) and agitators like Zack Stortini of the Edmonton Oilers and Daniel Carcillo of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Agitators are often big on talking and hitting, but they also back it up.
Carcillo, in particular, spends an inordinate amount of time sitting next to the timekeeper in the penalty box.
from the Arizona Republic,
A lot of sports fans, especially youngsters who dream of a professional career, tend to identify with the star players or kids with the “can’t-miss” label.
True inspiration, however, can came from a journeyman player or one who has beaten the odds by battling for years at lower levels before making it to the big time.
One player who fits that niche is Craig Weller, the Coyotes’ 27-year-old rookie right wing. He spent seven years in the minors, signing as a free agent before training camp after four seasons in the AHL in the New York Rangers organization.
The video tells story in last night’s Flames/Coyotes game.
From TSN, Al Montoya and Marcel Hossa traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Fredrik Sjostrom, David Leneveu and Josh Gratton.
The Coyotes teamed up with the Maricopa County Sheriff Department for a day of training.
from Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,
As players battle on the ice, there’s a battle of wits going on elsewhere in the arena between coaches who probably haven’t watched more than a handful of live hockey games in years.
Video replay coaches, who observe from off-ice areas, are in constant communication with assistant coaches. They try to pick up trends and nuances, and their suggestions and observations often translate into success on the ice seconds later. It could be a tweak in a power play that leads to a goal or player who is able to find a little crease to squeeze through and help set up a breakaway.
Technology has reached a point where almost every sequence in a game can be broken down with the right equipment and a trained eye.
From Jim Gintonio of The Arizona Republic,
Two things fans know about Shane Doan: The Coyotes’ captain had a slow start, and then he cranked up his offense to the point where he was the third-leading scorer in the NHL during January.
What was not known: He did it with a broken hand.
Doan just smiled when asked about the injury, which is healed.
“He plays the same way all the time,” coach Wayne Gretzky said. “He played hard at the beginning of the year; he just wasn’t scoring any goals.”
From Bob McManaman at The Arizona Republic,
Rick Tocchet is calling himself an unlucky rabbit’s foot, noting that the Coyotes are 0-3 since his return behind the bench after a two-year suspension for his involvement in a gambling investigation.
Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky went golfing with Tocchet on Tuesday and said their golfing buddies are calling Tocchet something even worse.
“Schleprock. Bad Luck Schleprock,” Gretzky said, referring to a character in the Flintstones cartoon series.
But Gretzky is as thankful as anyone that Tocchet is back and serving on the Coyotes’ coaching staff again. Tocchet is not only an extra set of eyes in practices and games, but his personality helps the team.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
“Ulfie coaches like he played, and he played hard,” said Gretzky, who’s now coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and has Samuelsson as his associate coach. “Ulfie brings a lot of passion to the game.”
Samuelsson, 43, again finds himself an anomaly, one of only three Europeans who are coaching in the NHL. All are assistants, all are former NHL players, all are Swedes (Dallas’ Ulf Dahlen and New Jersey’s Tommy Albelin are the others).
The meager sum is in contrast to a player base comprised of nearly 30 percent Europeans. It includes some of the game’s top performers such as Alex Ovechkin and Daniel Alfredsson and emerging stars such as the Blue Jackets’ Nikolai Zherdev.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It’s the Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp, and participants have paid $9,999 each for the pleasure of watching Gretzky coach three games with the Phoenix Coyotes and playing six games themselves on the same ice surface. During a span of six days, the Great One also is host of opening and closing banquets, golfs with them, signs their stuff and hangs out with them like a regular guy in the lobby bar.
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