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via Mark Master tweets,
Shane Doan on if he's thought about asking out of ARZ so he gets one more shot at Cup; says that plan rarely works for players.
Doan: "Everyone talks about the way Ray Bourque did it ... storybook ending, but there's a lot of guys that it doesn't work for."
Doan: "If you make that decision you have to understand the consequences that go along with it. This is my home."
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What about Keith Yandle? He still has another season left on his deal next season and, at 28, could still be part of the reshaping of this roster.
But then again, there are contenders who view him as a great pickup, especially if they can get him for two playoffs, not just one.
"He's always a name that comes up," Maloney said. "Keith Yandle is a very important part on our team, and he's a good player. He's been a top offensive defenseman for the last five years in the league. I'm not actually out there shopping his name around at all, but people have talked to me about it. I'd like to build that base, not subtract from it. We don't have enough Keith Yandles. That's not to say if a deal comes along in the next week or the next month or at the draft ... but he's still a relatively young player that does something better than most players in the league."
Yandle just shrugged his shoulders Wednesday. He's been down this path before.
"It's one of those things where it seems like every year I hear my name," he said. "I'm immune to it now. I don't take any of it personally. I tell myself that it's a good thing other teams want you. It's been talked about for the last six years, and you just have to play it by year."
more on the Arizona Coyotes "reset"...
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Meet Andy Barroway: the 49-year-old hedge-fund manager and lifelong Philadelphian who is now a member of one of the most elite clubs on the planet.
He is not a hockey purist. He didn't grow up playing the game. He has no connection to Arizona. When he visits the Valley of the Sun, he stays in a hotel, because he has not yet had a chance to scout out a secondary residence....
"What a thrill," Barroway said. "I've wanted this since I was a kid. It's a very weird feeling. It's such a tough process to get in [as an owner]. This is something I wanted very badly. I'm a huge sports fan, I'm a huge hockey fan. I love the game, I love the pace of the game. I'm tremendously excited."
The biggest question for this Cherry Hill East, Rutgers undergrad and Penn Law School grad is: Why the Coyotes? They are buried in the brutal Western Conference. They play in the desert in a beautiful arena situated far from their core fan base in Scottsdale. They were operated and funded by the NHL from 2009-13 after previous owner Jerry Moyes was stripped of his ownership in bankruptcy. They have won two Stanley Cup playoff series since moving to Arizona in 1996.
The short answer for Barroway is that they were the next team on the market.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
A U.S. bankruptcy judge has reiterated that the NHL should not receive the $145 million it demanded from former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes.
Moyes became the controlling owner of the financially troubled team and its new arena in 2006.
Two years later, he told the NHL that he couldn't afford to fund the team's operating losses. The Coyotes' losses have eclipsed $50 million per season. In 2009, the NHL was told that Moyes was discussing a possible sale of the team to Jim Balsillie and that Balsillie planned to relocate the Coyotes to Hamilton.
The NHL demanded that Moyes stop negotiating with Balsillie. Moyes responded by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the team and its assets, and he executed a sales agreement for the team to Balsillie.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Coyotes are going to get younger and move their pending UFAs, but there’s already a pretty good young nucleus to build around, so we’re not talking a long-term thing here. Hopefully for Arizona it will be a quick turnaround in one or two years.
No question they’d like to get a top-2 pick in June to get one of the two generational picks.
And they hope to recoup as much as possible from unrestricted free agents such as Antoine Vermette, Zbynek Michalek and David Moss.
The real question is what happens with star blueliner Keith Yandle, who still has a year and a half left on his deal. One source from a rival NHL team told me Coyotes general Don Maloney is more likely to wait until June to gather up a bigger auction on Yandle rather than move him now; although obviously it depends how desperate a team gets in its offer on Yandle between now and March 2.
from Sarah McLellan of AZCentralSports,
Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker damaged his spleen following a hit in Sunday's game against the Jets, requiring surgery that night to remove it, General Manager Don Maloney confirmed Tuesday.
The surgery was successful, and Boedker is expected to be fine, the team said. He remains in Winnipeg but could return to Arizona in the next two to three days, Maloney said.
A timeline for a return could be in the four-to-six week range, Maloney said.
"It's not like he can jump on the ice and return to Philadelphia (next Tuesday)," Maloney said. "These take anywhere from three to four to five to six weeks depending on how people recover from surgery."
from Craig Morgan of FoxSports Arizona,
Choose your perspective. New Coyotes majority owner Andrew Barroway has either told general manager Don Maloney:
A. Blow this team up and shed payroll.
B. The current group isn't working. We need to change the mix and look to the future.
Option A is much sexier to write and report. Option B is more objective and also closer to what actually transpired in a series of blunt meetings between the two this week.
Barroway arrived back in town earlier this week and has rolled up his sleeves as he begins his evaluation of every aspect of the organization. He has hired an independent firm to examine the business side of the team as the Coyotes begin laying the groundwork for a long overdue long-term plan.
"We struggled to survive for so long but now, having stable ownership means we have a long-term plan," Maloney said. "That may result in some long nights ahead of us but ultimately, the goal is to get where L.A. and Anaheim and Chicago are -- to become a perennial playoff team."
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,
The Arizona Coyotes will be compelling to watch in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline on Mar. 2.
The direction from new ownership is to get younger, prepare for a strong draft in June and cut payroll. And this position isn't to protect the bottom line of an organization with a deep history of financial distress. It's a more common sense approach for a club that needs to stabilize its foundation for long-term success.
We've openly speculated on the availability of forward Antoine Vermette and will continue to do so until Coyotes general manager Don Maloney fetches the right return to make the deal. The original asking price, according to a couple of teams with interest, includes a prospect and a roster player. That's certainly not unreasonable for a player with Vermette's talent, but it is steep based on his status as a pending unrestricted free agent.
Defencemen Zbynek Michalek and Keith Yandle are also being batted around potential trade circles and some believe it's not a matter of if these three players will be traded, but when.
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"We're not waiting around to the trade deadline to make the changes that we feel we need to make. So my attitude is if the deal comes our way sooner rather than later, that's fine. We have to reset and restructure where we're at, how we're going to ultimately be successful here long-term, and that's our goal."
-Don Maloney, GM of the Arizona Coyotes. More on the Coyotes from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic.
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