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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
In the midst of a second period in which the Flames fell behind 4-0 to the second-worst team in hockey, Johnny Gaudreau found himself on Matt Stajan’s checking line with Grindin’ Garnet Hathaway.
When asked what the Flames former leading scorer did to earn the punishment coach Glen Gultzan was short.
“He turned the puck over in the neutral zone there,” said Gulutzan, clearly unhappy with no. 13’s play.
“We’re trying to play direct when it was 1-0.”
With word he had a meeting with Gaudreau earlier in the day, Gulutzan was asked if such a turnover was discussed with him.
“We’ve talked to all our guys about playing a certain way.”
Asked if such a move seemed extreme for a play-making forward whose forte is creativity and taking chances, he bristled.
“I don’t think it’s extreme,” he said.
“We need points. It was 1-0.”
Below are the game highlights of Calgary's 5-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes...
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Smith had to wait for the puck to clear the restricted zone behind the net and when he went to clear it, he fanned on the attempt.
"No one likes to make a mistake like that," he said. "It was a time of the game where it can't happen."
Although he said it wasn't an excuse for the miscue, Smith called the ice surface the worst he's seen in his life.
"You can’t play on that," he said. "When you got other teams coming in complaining about it on the ice, we have to skate on that all the time. It's not an excuse, but it's something that has to get better. It's like slush out there. That puck was going to come out of the trapezoid, and then it just ended up stopping dead right on the line. I didn't know know if I could play it or not on the line, so I kind of panicked for a second and then after I got control of it, obviously the rest is history.
"That play can’t happen. I understand that, but that ice is a joke."
more on the Coyotes 4-3 OT win...
Watch the goal below...
NEW YORK (Feb. 9, 2017) – Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc issued the following statement today regarding recent Glendale Star reports.
"Recent reports by the Glendale Star that the Coyotes ownership group has explored arena options outside the Arizona market are completely false. The Star referenced an anonymous arena source and an anonymous Coyotes source, and these are a fabrication.
"The Coyotes are focused on creating one of the most taxpayer friendly facilities in the country here in the Valley. This new arena will pay for itself, create jobs and generate millions of dollars of revenue for the state, county and municipality where it's built. We are fully committed to Arizona."
from Anne Ryman , Mary Jo Pitzl and Jessica Boehm of the Arizona Republic,
A plan to build a new home for the Arizona Coyotes in Tempe is dead.
Arizona State University on Friday evening said the university "has no intention of proceeding to sign a development agreement or an option to lease or any other agreement with the Coyotes."
In November, a master developer hired by ASU to develop a 330-acre athletic district south of Tempe Town Lake entered into negotiations with the Coyotes to produce a plan for 58 acres for a new home for the Coyotes and an attached arena for use by Sun Devil Athletics.
Earlier this week, legislation introduced by Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, would have created a funding mechanism to build the rinks for the Coyotes and ASU.
via Edmonton press release,
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Henrik Samuelsson from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Mitchell Moroz.
Samuelsson, 22, was a first round draft pick of the Coyotes, 27th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. The native of Pittsburgh, PA has appeared in three NHL games with Arizona.
This season with the American Hockey League’s Tucson Roadrunners, the 6’3, 209 lbs forward has three points (2G, 1A) in 20 games. Over three seasons, Samuelsson has appeared in 131 AHL games, registering 55 points (23G, 32A) and 102 penalty minutes.
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have assigned forward Anthony Duclair to the Tucson Roadrunners, the club's American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).
"Anthony is a good young player," said Chayka. "Unfortunately, he has struggled this season. We felt this was a good time to send him to Tucson to work on a few things and hopefully regain his scoring touch. We hope to have him rejoin our team soon."
The 21-year-old Duclair has registered 3-6-9 in 41 games with the Coyotes this season and has tallied 24-36-60 in 140 career games over three seasons with the Coyotes and New York Rangers.
from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,
Doan said in multiple interviews this week that this isn’t the first time he has considered the possibility of a Cup run with another team. It’s true there has been considerable interest from multiple teams for his services in the past, but Doan has never truly reciprocated that interest. Like Larry Fitzgerald, he has been an Arizona lifer; a loyal soldier who clung to the admirable and sometimes naïve belief that he could realize his championship dreams in Arizona before his career ended.
So what has changed? What is it in his voice that makes this possibility sound so much more real? How did such a perfect marriage end up on the rocks so late in the game? How did the Coyotes and Doan end up in this unhappy place?
The seeds of discontent can be traced to this summer’s prolonged contract negotiation when the Coyotes initially asked Doan to take a significant pay cut over the $4.55 million he had earned the previous season when he scored 28 goals. Doan never imagined that would happen and it opened his eyes to the possibility that the new hockey operations department — president Gary Drummond, executive vice president (and coach) Dave Tippett and newly hired GM John Chayka — was fully prepared to move on from him, despite his immeasurable contributions to the franchise and the community.
from Sarah McLellan of azcentral,
“I make a good save coming across,” Smith said. “They got three guys trapped deep. I’m not sure who it was. I think it might have been Vrby (Radim Vrbata) or Tobi (Rieder). I just saw a white stick flying out and going. I tried to just throw one past their forechecker there. My knob breaks. Obviously, the rest is history but when you’re on a skid, little plays like that make a big difference. They’re magnified.”
I believe this beats Coiy Schneider for bad goal of the night.
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