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via the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov signed a three-year contract today. No other details were available.
added 1:34pm, via TSN,
Sources tell TSN the deal breaks down as $4 million in the first year, $4.25 million in the second and $4.25 million in the third.
via Jemele Hill at ESPN Page 2,
Over the last year, we’ve seen the Hook Up perverted in so many ways. So many athletes attained the Hook Up, meaning they could do no wrong in the public’s eyes and even if they did, they’d be forgiven faster than you can say “Britney Spears is the white Whitney Houston.”...
Wayne Gretzky: Best player of all time, but coaching and part-owning the Phoenix Coyotes has yielded little for that franchise. The NHL didn’t even lift an eyebrow when the Great One was implicated in a gambling ring which his wife, Janet Jones, and former Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett. Nope, not a bad idea at all to have a guy associated with a gambling ring coaching and owning a professional hockey team.
From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,
When assistant coach Rick Tocchet returns from his two-year absence Feb. 7, he won’t be arriving cold. He has been watching the home games from the stands.
“It’ll be a nice addition,” Gretzky said. “Ulfie (Samuelsson) and Grant (Fuhr) have put in a lot of extra hours. It will be nice to have him come back. I know the players are happy to have him coming back.”
*The conditions the NHL outlined for Tocchet’s return back in November can be found here.
from Dave Strader at PhoenixCoyotes.com,
It’s impossible to overstate what the addition of Ilya Bryzgalov has meant to this team. As Wayne has stated many times, goaltending wasn’t really an issue in the first six weeks of the season. The team got several strong outings from Auld, Aebischer and Tellqvist…but Bryzgalov brought something that my partner Darren Pang likes to call “presence”. Bryz has presence because of his size, athleticism and attitude. Since Bryz has become a Coyote, the entire team has begun to take on a presence.
from Sports Ticker via Yahoo,
“I think I found a home,” Bryzgalov said after stopping 30 shots in the Coyotes’ 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. “I feel here it’s my best year in the NHL.
“I feel trust. I believe in the guys. The guys believe in me. I think we have a great future if we continue working hard and believe in ourselves.”...
Bryzgalov has started 22 of 24 games for his new team, posting a 13-8-1 record with a 2.15 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Indeed, one could argue that at the midpoint of the NHL season, Gretzky is the leading candidate for the Jack Adams trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year for what he’s done with his Phoenix Coyotes to date. The Coyotes were expected to challenge for top spot in only one category this year - the draft lottery - after cleaning house and deciding once and for all to go with a youth movement.
While many of the other long-time Western Conference also-rans bolstered their line-ups with free agent signings, the Coyotes made a few tweaks around the edges of the line-up, but mostly decided to play their kids (Peter Mueller, Michal Hanzal et al) and take their lumps.
from the Arizona Republic,
Various factors have jelled for the Coyotes as the first half of the season comes to an end Tuesday night in Calgary. Riding a four-game winning streak with a record of 21-18-1, they are one of the surprise teams in the NHL.
Coach Wayne Gretzky points to a couple of the main reasons.
“The two things that you need to do to win hockey games is, a) cut down on penalties, which we’re doing a tremendous job of; and b) cut down on goals against . . . we’re probably, after 40 games, 80 goals better defensively than we were last year at this time - or close to that, anyway.”
from the Bleacher Report,
Trade rumors buzzing around the Big Apple—about a multiplayer deal that could make a short- and long-term impact for both teams involved:
Jaromir Jagr, Michal Roszival, and Petr Prucha to the Phoenix Coyotes for Shane Doan and Ed Jovanovski.
The deal makes sense for both clubs.
I am beginning to lose faith in some of the hockey bloggers. After Jagr leaves Phoenix as quickly as possible at the end of the season, what does Phoenix do then?
from the Arizona Republic,
When Ulf Samuelsson skates down the ice during a practice, it isn’t difficult to flash back and visualize him as a premier NHL defenseman, causing havoc and driving opponents up the wall (figuratively and literally).
Samuelsson, a Coyotes assistant, coaches like he played, says coach Wayne Gretzky.
“As a player, he prepared really hard, so he prepares hard at coaching,” he said. “He spends a lot of time behind the scenes, (watching) videos, watching guys, watching systems, and he puts a lot of effort into it.
via Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,
When goalie Ilya Bryzgalov opened up the Christmas card the Coyotes are sending out this season, he saw his smiling face.
He immediately realized that the leg pads were not his—and then he noticed that it wasn’t his body either.
Since he was not on the team at the time the photo was taken, his face was superimposed over the face of David Aebischer, who is now a goaltender in Europe.
Bryzgalov, taken aback a little at first, joked that he’d have to take somebody to court.
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