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After the Arizona Coyotes announced that they would be renouncing their fourth-round draft pick Mitchell Miller due to previous charges of assault and violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act, the Insiders discuss how it got to this point, what the Coyotes knew prior to drafting Miller, and what are their steps moving forward.

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Arizona Coyotes Renounce The Rights To Mitchell Miller

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the club has renounced the rights to Mitchell Miller. Miller was selected by the Coyotes in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft.

“We have decided to renounce the rights to Mitchell Miller, effective immediately,” said Coyotes’ President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez. “Prior to selecting Mitchell in the NHL Draft, we were aware that a bullying incident took place in 2016. We do not condone this type of behavior but embraced this as a teachable moment to work with Mitchell to make him accountable for his actions and provide him with an opportunity to be a leader on anti-bullying and anti-racism efforts. We have learned more about the entire matter, and more importantly, the impact it has had on Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. What we learned does not align with the core values and vision for our organization and leads to our decision to renounce our draft rights. On behalf of the Arizona Coyotes ownership and our entire organization, I would like to apologize to Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. We are building a model franchise on and off the ice and will do the right thing for Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family, our fans and our partners. Mr. Miller is now a free agent and can pursue his dream of becoming an NHL player elsewhere.”

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Statement From The Hockey Diversity Alliance

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Nothing But Troubles For The Arizona Coyotes

from Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic,

Since late July, the Coyotes have had their general manager quit on the eve of the post season, were tardy in paying players bonuses and per diem, lost their last two games by a combined score of 14-2 and are late with their rent money at Gila River Arena.

Despite failing at the portion of their jobs that involve hockey, the Coyotes have decided to diversify their services and provide counseling and other resources to those affected by bullying and racism.

By those affected, I mean the perpetrators, not the victims.

That’s the message the team sent earlier this month when it used its first draft pick, a fourth-rounder, on Mitchell Miller.

Miller, now 18 and a freshman at the University of North Dakota, admitted to bullying an African-American classmate with developmental disabilities four years ago, when both were students at the same junior high school in Sylvania, Ohio.

It was an ugly, horrifying incident. Miller and another boy tricked the victim into licking a candy push pop that Miller and his friend had wiped in a bathroom urinal. According to an account in the police report at the time, the boys also urinated on the candy and punched and pushed the victim, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers.

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The Director Of Goaltending Operations

from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,

Brian Daccord helped pioneer one expansion of goalie-related jobs in the NHL. He hopes to do it again now as the Arizona Coyotes director of goaltending operations.

Daccord was hired Sept. 25 to fill the newly created position, which also includes a role as special assistant to general manager Bill Armstrong, hired Sept. 17.

Daccord begins the position five years after he was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs as the first full-time goaltending scout in the NHL. He is one of two goalie-specific members of front offices across the League to have director in his title; Mitch Korn, director of goaltending for the New York Islanders, is the other.

"For the last 25 years, I've been knee-deep in goaltending and I was so proud of my position in Toronto because I felt like it helped the goalie community," Daccord said. "It was another opportunity, and much like when (then-Toronto general manager) Lou [Lamoriello] hired me to be the first full-time goalie scout in the NHL, I feel like Bill also is now taking a big step as a general manager and being innovative by saying, 'I'm going to hire a director of goaltending operations.'"

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Afternoon Line- Kevin Epp, Agent For Oliver Ekman-Larsson

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Darcy Kuemper One Of The Players Mentioned In Trade And UFA Talk

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

The ink is barely dry on the GM contract Bill Armstrong signed in Arizona and his phone undoubtedly has already exploded.

The word is out on the Coyotes needing to cut payroll, and of course, needing draft picks....

The 30-year-old is a popular target for teams looking to upgrade in goal. I mentioned Carolina last week but you can add Calgary among the other teams who have called the Coyotes on him. The Flames are doing their rounds looking at the whole goalie market. Which is not to say Calgary has closed the door on pending UFA Cam Talbot. In fact, both sides remain in contact and it’s not out of the question the Flames make him a contract offer.

But there are several teams who have Kuemper on their radar. He’s got two years left on his deal at a bargain $4.5 million AAV and he’s been one of the top goalies in the league the last few years.

While you hate to trade him if you’re Arizona, and perhaps Armstrong will choose not to do so, but there’s no better opportunity to get much-needed draft picks and/or prospects into the pipeline than putting up Kuemper for auction. I feel confident the Coyotes can recoup a first-round pick, albeit a low one, in a Kuemper deal, plus another asset or two.

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Bill Armstrong Named GM Of The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman & Governor Alex Meruelo announced today that Bill Armstrong has been named as the Coyotes' new General Manager. Armstrong joins the Coyotes from the St. Louis Blues, where he served as the club's Assistant General Manager/Director of Amateur Scouting the past two years and was instrumental in building the Blues team that won the 2019 Stanley Cup. Armstrong becomes the tenth general manager in franchise history. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are thrilled to name Bill as our new GM," said Meruelo. "Bill is smart, honest and hard-working and he knows how to build a winning team. He brings the right mix of hockey knowledge, business acumen and leadership qualities that we need in order to achieve our goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to Arizona."

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The Arizona Coyotes Will Forfeit Their Second Round Pick This Year & First Round In 2021

NEW YORK (August 26, 2020) -- The National Hockey League has sanctioned the Arizona Coyotes for violating the NHL's Combine Testing Policy during the 2019-20 season, directing the forfeiture of the Club’s 2nd-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and 1st-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The sanctions were announced by Commissioner Gary Bettman, who convened a hearing on the matter August 6 that included testimony from representatives of the Coyotes and the NHL. At the outset of the hearing, the Club acknowledged that it had violated the Policy by conducting physical testing on 2020 draft-eligible players prior to the Combine.

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Video- Ryan Reaves With A Hit To The Head Of Nick Schmaltz

No call on the play.

 

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