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Veteran Coyotes Need to Stay Calm

From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,

Young team or not, losing is never easy to take, and Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky says it’s important that players not get caught up in a mode of frustration.

“They want to do well, they want to win, and you can get frustrated,” he said. “The worst thing that could happen for this team is that our older guys show that frustration because it bleeds through the hockey team. All of a sudden, you see a guy like (Daniel) Carcillo out there and being very frustrated.

“As I said to Shane (captain Shane Doan) … our older guys got to stay calm and relaxed. If they can stay calm and cool on the bench … it’s infectious to the younger guys, and it’s imperative that they stay focused.”

continued… (*Coyotes at 5 losses in first 6 home games)

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Tocchet’s Status May Be Decided This Week

From Scott Morrison at CBC,

Rick Tocchet could have his status with the NHL determined by the end of this week.

According to sources, the long-awaited Cleary Report, an internal investigation into Tocchet’s involvement in a gambling ring, is expected to be delivered to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week. Once Bettman digests the report, authored by lawyer Robert Cleary, he will conduct a meeting with Tocchet and determine whether he will be allowed to return as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes any time soon.

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David Aebischer Down to the AHL

From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,

Coyotes goaltender David Aebischer cleared waivers Wednesday and will report to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, joining the team in Chicago. [...]

Coach Wayne Gretzky said that with defenseman Zbynek Michalek returning from the injured list, room was needed on the roster.

Phoenix entered the season with a goalie trio that also included Mikael Tellqvist and Alex Auld, another free agent.

“The worst thing , the first three weeks of the season for us, we haven’t had a lot of games,” Gretzky said. “So Aebischer in a lot of ways probably had a right to feel he didn’t get a really good chance. But we just haven’t had enough games to give him that chance.”

continued…

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Derek Morris A Bright Spot For Coyotes

from the Arizona Republic,

Positives, such as the Coyotes’ Derek Morris, can easily be overlooked when a team starts a season slowly.

The Coyotes, with only two wins in seven games, are trying to put things together, but Morris has had things together from the opening bell, a leader of a defense that has been the team’s strength.

“He’s been unreal for us,” coach Wayne Gretzky said. “From Day 1 in training camp, he came in in phenomenal shape, better than he ever has . . . He’s always in good shape, but it seems like he’s in better shape this year.”

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Rick Tocchet’s Waiting Game

From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,

The waiting game the NHL is playing with the Coyotes and Rick Tocchet has turned into a joke.  What gives?

He was charged in February 2006, admitted he was involved in an illegal gambling operation and two months ago was sentenced to two years of probation. No mob ties, no fixing games, no jail time, no betting on hockey.

Yet the NHL has decided to put Tocchet in limbo, to this day not having a timetable on when it will make a decision on his future in the sport. There is no reason for the delay. The league and its counsel, Robert Cleary, have had ample time to rule.

And there is absolutely no reason why Tocchet should not be allowed to return to the Coyotes bench as an assistant coach.

continued… (*editorial compares Tochet’s crime to that of other NHLers who’ve been allowed back into the league.)

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*hat tip to David for the link

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Plan In Place In Phoenix

from Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune,

Let’s be honest. The Coyotes are more irrelevant now than they’ve ever been. You could ask a philosophical question of the franchise: If a hockey team starts a season and nobody cares, does it count?

There’s little doubt Phoenix will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Coyotes may wind up with the worst record in the NHL.

But you know what?  That’s OK.

Because for the first time since they arrived in the Valley, the Coyotes are losing the right way: With young players that should get better and provide the franchise some stability — and success — down the road.

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Phoenix Joins “All You Can Eat Club”

The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that they are now offering an “All You Can Eat” ticket package.  Fans purchasing the package receive five (5) premier weekend games plus they can enjoy unlimited hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn, peanuts and nachos each time they visit Jobing.com Arena.

The package is available in both the upper and lower seating levels.  The “All You Can Eat” upper level package is priced at $150 ($30 per game) and includes an upper level ticket regularly priced at $28. A lower level package is also available at $275 ($55 per game) and includes a lower level ticket regularly priced at $55.

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Can I Use “White Out”?

from the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes haven’t gotten much use lately out of their “White Out” tradition of filling their arena with white-clad fans for the playoffs.

But that doesn’t mean they’re going to stand by without a fight and let anybody else take it.

It seems that Penn State has developed a similar tradition, designating some important games as “White Outs.”

And last season, the school had a student contest to design an official “White Out” T-shirt to be sold for a game.

Trouble is, the Coyotes have trademark rights to the term “White Out.” The club registered the term even before moving from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Phoenix and has reapplied when necessary to keep it up to date.

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Tootoo Went For The Head

from Bob McKenzie at TSN,

Jordin Tootoo of the Nasvhille Predators takes a run at Phoenix rookie Daniel Winnik – and it says here Tootoo was targeting Winnik’s head – and it’s Coyote rookie Craig Weller who gets the match penalty for intent to injure on the play, because Weller clotheslined Tootoo after the hit….

But it’s the Tootoo hit that should be the real concern.

If ever there were a hit where it looked like a player was intentionally trying to hit someone in the head, this was it.

more... I haven’t seen the video of the play from last night, if anyone has a link, feel free to post it.

update 12:14pm, Thanks to KK member bcrt2000, we have a link…

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Meyer Hoping For New Beginning With Coyotes

from the Arizona Republic,

Defenseman Freddy Meyer joined the Coyotes for their practice Tuesday before the team left on a two-game road trip.

“It’s good be here,” said Meyer, who was claimed off waivers Monday from the New York Islanders. “I’m excited for a new beginning for myself. It’s a nice, young team here, high energy, and I’m looking forward to playing.

“It was a little setback (to be put on waivers), but when I first found out I was on waivers, I knew for a week or so that something was gonna happen, wasn’t sure what. It was a little downer at first, but I was lucky enough to get picked up by Phoenix.”

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