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from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,
The combination of work, time away from the ice and a heart-to-heart couldn’t solve a tired and depleted Canucks team that managed to sweep a back-to-back on the road after mustering a 2-1 win over the Coyotes Wednesday in front of 12,255 at Gila River Arena.
"We’re letting points slip away," coach Dave Tippett said. "We know exactly what we have to do and the points we have to gain. It hasn’t been very fruitful lately."
This is the second time the Coyotes have lost five in a row, a season-high, but the implications of this latest spiral are grimmer than when the Coyotes had a similar slide in early December.
Not only did the Canucks move ahead of them in the standings by two points with the win, but the Coyotes are now five points shy of the No.3 Ducks in the Pacific Division and four back of the Avalanche and Predators for a wildcard berth.
Overall, Arizona has lost nine of its last 11 amid its fall to fifth in the division.
from Kristina Ruterford of Sportsnet,
Max Domi skates along the boards at morning practice and flashes a grin before he stops short of the blue-line. A kid wearing glasses and a white Coyotes sweater runs over and pushes his face up against the glass. When No. 16 moves up in line for a passing drill, the kid moves with him, shuffling in his sneakers.
This is not a scene you’d expect to see in Hockeytown. In Arizona, maybe. But here in Detroit there are only five Coyotes fans in the stands watching an off-day skate, and three of them wear the sweater of the dynamic winger who’s played just half a season in the NHL. After practice, Domi signs autographs and talks with his fans. He’s the last Coyote to take his skates off.
Domi looks like a natural because he is. The 20-year-old is as prepared as one could possibly be for this life, thanks to being the son of former Toronto Maple Leafs fan favourite, Tie. But Domi is the first to admit you can never be entirely ready for your rookie year in the NHL, even if you text regularly with Mats Sundin.
Update: And here's his second goal:
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Arizona Coyotes are expecting plans for a new permanent home in the state to be finalized by the end of the regular season that will resolve the lease/arena issues that have plagued the team for years.
Although there are still a number of options being discussed, it's believed the most likely scenario is a partnership with Arizona State University with a new arena being built in Tempe.
Commissioner Gary Bettman was given an update on the process prior to the NHL's Board of Governors meeting in Nashville on Saturday morning.
Without going into specifics of a potential new home, Bettman said he is optimistic the team will find a new home in the Phoenix area.
from John Scott at The Players' Tribune,
Hey, John, can we talk for a second?”
I guess I should have known.
But I have absolutely no idea what’s coming.
I’m in the weight room, hanging out with the guys, when my GM asks me to take a walk. I’ve been gone for a couple of days — but now I’m back in Phoenix, at the Coyotes practice facility, catching up with the boys. We’re getting some stretches in, and passing around my new gloves.
My All-Star gloves.
I’ve seen my name in the news, on the press release, on the official rosters. But even still: there’s just something about gear, you know? I, John Scott, from Michigan Tech, at 33 years old … have All-Star gloves.
The guys are all genuinely happy for me, and they’re letting me know it. They’re giving me some crap about it, too (of course), but it’s all in good fun. Everyone’s taking their turn, trying my gloves on. We’re laughing. It’s a cool moment.
As this is happening, I see our GM open the door.
He’s not smiling.
I'll just take my mask off...
NEW YORK – John Scott will captain the Pacific Division team at the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville, the National Hockey League announced today.
Scott, elected to the Pacific Division captaincy in fan voting while a member of the Arizona Coyotes, was traded Friday to the Montreal Canadiens of the Atlantic Division. The resultant change in division, and Scott’s subsequent assignment to the American Hockey League, created a unique circumstance that required review – the result of which was a determination to maintain the status quo for the All-Star weekend in order to preserve all parties' pre-existing expectations, including Scott’s desire to participate.
"I am looking forward to enjoying a fun and unique experience at All-Star Weekend in Nashville with my family," said Scott. "While being voted to the All-Star Game by the fans was not something I expected to happen, I am excited to participate in the All-Star events with my fellow players."
The San Jose Sharks challenge a penalty shot goal (actually it was reviewed in the situation room) by the Ottawa Senators.
The Sens won 4-3 in a SO.
Final horn sounds, Sabres and Coyotes exchange pleasantries plus the bad goal of the night are below...
from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,
General manager Don Maloney responded to suggestions in the media that he helped orchestrate the trade of John Scott (and defenseman Victor Bartley) to Montreal for Jarred Tinordi (and forward Stefan Fournier) to rid the Coyotes and the NHL of its All-Star Game headache after Scott was voted captain of the Pacific Division.
“I was really surprised (TSN’s) Bob McKenzie suggested we might be working with the NHL to keep John Scott out of the All Star game,” Maloney said via text. “I found it incredible someone might believe this. The NHL doesn’t run our team nor (does it) have any influence on our player decisions.
“We had to create roster room (given our addition of Kevin Connauton) and find a way to add Tinordi’s salary. Scott was the only option Montreal would take to make this deal work.
“I do feel for John, but the harsh realty is that this is the business we are in. He is on an NHL one-way contract. Many players with similar skill sets (eg. Colton Orr) are playing in the minors on a minor-league salary.”
more on the Coyotes...
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The Coyotes, currently second in the Pacific Division, have been among the NHL’s biggest surprises this season. Here are five reasons why the Coyotes should make the playoffs this season:
1. Younger players soaring: Max Domi, Tobias Reader and Anthony Duclair have a combined 35 goals. Reader is 23, and Duclair and Domi are both 20. Rookies Domi and Duclair have combined for 55 points, Only two NHL teams (Chicago and Buffalo) have more rookie points than Domi and Duclair have produced playing together. Louis Domingue, 23, is 7-2-3 with a .928 save percentage since replacing injured Mike Smith as the team’s No. 1 goalie.
2. The Old Man and the C: At 39, captain Shane Doan’s best days should be behind him. But he’s leading this team in scoring with 16 goals, and he’s on a pace to finish with his best goal production since 2008-09. He is playing younger than his years.
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