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John Chayka Signs A Long-Term Deal In Arizona

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes Majority Owner, Chairman and Governor Alex Meruelo announced today that the Coyotes have signed President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka to a long-term extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are extremely pleased to sign John to a long-term contract extension," said Meruelo.  "John is one of the brightest and hardest-working general managers in the entire NHL and over the past four seasons, he has done an excellent job of rebuilding our franchise and transforming the Coyotes into a contender. I am fully confident that John is the right person to lead us moving forward and help us bring the Stanley Cup to Arizona."

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Sorry Mark Spector

from Haboob Blog at ArizonaSports,

We would like to issue an apology on behalf of the Arizona Coyotes.

You know, that team that’s 9-4-1 and beat the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night with a goal off the rush in overtime. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector explained to us all that the Coyotes, while they emerged victorious, were too boring....

We’re sorry that the Coyotes had the audacity to clog up the neutral zone and the blue line and play defense. In the future, they should consider playing defense, but, just … I don’t know, just do it differently.

We’re sorry that, as you correctly pointed out, the Coyotes are not only boring now, but they’ve been boring for years. Yes, a recent coach of theirs was Dave Tippett, who now coaches the team who you posit as the victim of allegedly-boring play. But I mean, so what?

The Coyotes don’t get enough attendance or their ownership was too unstable, or something about how they’ve had issues since they left Canada. And they could’ve avoided all that if they weren’t so stingy defensively.

The Coyotes should be more like the Edmonton Oilers, who have been the model franchise the past decade by finishing with a sub-.500 point percentage nine of the last 10 years and getting the first overall draft pick four times since 2010.

As you note, Mark Spector, the Coyotes haven’t had a history of abundant playoff success. They should take after the Oilers, who have been to the playoffs twice in the last 15 seasons.

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The ‘Boring’ Arizona Coyotes Defeated The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are high-event teams, there are high-flying teams, and there are high-wire acts like Connor McDavid, Elias Pettersson or, of late, Brad Marchand.

Then there is the Arizona Coyotes. Low event, low excitement, low value for the ticket buyer, and a perennial low finisher in the National Hockey League standings.

Boring? Calling the Coyotes boring does a disservice to tedium. It’s like calling the Stanley Cup a spittoon.

We’re old enough to recall The Mad Trapper Jacques Lemaire, whose New Jersey Devils, and later the Minnesota Wild, put their own success ahead of the good of the game. The Devils won, but left behind a game so bereft of excitement that the rulebook had to be re-written, most specifically to eliminate obstruction and open up the neutral zone.

Now, just as the game is at its fastest, most entertaining place in years, the Arizona Coyotes come along with a plan to slow everything down....

The Coyotes work hard, which might be entertainment enough when you’re spending $20 for a hockey ticket, a hotdog and a beer in the desert. But at Canadian prices, watching the Coyotes roll through your town and squeeze the excitement out of the game like a bartender squeezing a lemon is, quite plainly, a ripoff.

Sure, you say. It was good enough to win last night in Edmonton.

Indeed, the Coyotes ground out a 3-2 overtime win over the Oilers. They won, fair and square, showing more offensive zeal in 2:01 of overtime than they did in 60 minutes of regulation time.

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Video- Antti Raanta Loses A Skate Blade, Shea Weber Scores

You have to feel for Raanta.

Habs won 4-1.

 

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Hockey Scout Craig Cunningham

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

In his third year on the job, the routine has become pleasantly familiar.

He flies into a city in western North America, such as Denver to see pros, or Kelowna to scout juniors. He gets in a workout at the hotel. He arrives at the arena, finds his assigned seat, and pulls out his notebook, critiquing the players on the ice for the benefit of his team.

Craig Cunningham is back in the NHL, and he is grateful.

The former Bruins winger, who nearly died on the ice after suffering a heart attack before a 2016 minor league game in Tucson, now works as a scout for the Arizona Coyotes. That he is living is a highly improbable outcome, made possible by elite medical care and Cunningham’s tenacity.

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Are The Arizona Coyotes Headed To The Playoffs?

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers questions from the fans.

What team do you see being the biggest surprise of 2019-20? It can be positive or negative.

The Arizona Coyotes will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The addition of right wing Phil Kessel gives them a legitimate go-to, impact scorer, a threat they were missing last season. Clayton Keller has been through highs and lows in his first two NHL seasons. The forward will figure it out this season and I think he'll score 20-30 goals and get 60-70 points. Nick Schmaltz will give the Coyotes a speed element at center they didn't have in the second half of last season after he sustained a season-ending knee injury Dec. 30 by helping them move the puck up the ice quickly. He can carry it into the zone himself and make plays off the rush, which will help Kessel too. Arizona scored 2.55 goals per game last season, 28th in the NHL. Its offense is better this season and its defense hasn't taken a hit. Provided they stay healthy, the Coyotes will score enough to make the playoffs. Last season they missed by four points allowing 2.68 goals per game, tied for fifth with the St. Louis Blues.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson Considered Day-To-Day With Undisclosed Injury

from Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka pulled reporters aside on Friday — the club's first organized skating day of training camp — and announced that Ekman-Larsson was day-to-day after undergoing an offseason procedure to repair a previous injury....

n typical NHL fashion, no further details surrounding Ekman-Larsson's injury were disclosed, although he did skate on Friday. We also know Ekman-Larsson played through a knee injury last season, and was attacked by a family dog over the summer....

The strangest part, however, were Chayka's cryptic comments relating to his captain's status. When asked if the injury was directly related to last season's knee ailment, Chayka offered this:

“In some ways, yes; in some ways, no," Chayka said. "It’s just something that’s been nagging him for a number of years now. Just an opportunity for him to clean it up and get ready for the season, so he’s 100 percent healthy and strong, so he’s got no concerns heading into the season.”

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The Growing Hockey Market In Arizona

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- USA Hockey recently announced participation numbers throughout the country for the 2018-19 season and once again, the data confirmed that hockey continues to thrive in Arizona.

Arizona ranked second amongst all other U.S. NHL markets in total growth percentage over the past five years. In addition, Arizona ranked first in total percentage growth for female hockey players and first for total eight and under hockey participation percentage over the past five years.

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Clayton Keller Signs An Eight-Year Extension With The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Clayton Keller to an eight-year contract extension through the 2027-28 season. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Evening Line- Craig Cunningham

“I’m getting healthier and healthier. It’s a matter of getting the right angles (with the prosthetics and the skate blade). And I’m trying to save some miles on the leg right now. Last year, I think I pushed myself too hard and I eventually had to go back in for surgery. I kept going at it and I kept dealing with the pain, and it finally festered out of control.

“I am trying to sort through whether coaching is the ultimate goal. Coaching is a lot of miles on the leg, a lot of standing all the time. And I’ve enjoyed the scouting and I’m learning a lot about the business side of hockey and the operations side of hockey and my interest is growing.

“The Arizona Coyotes have been very good to me. They treated me extremely well and gave me a great opportunity. It’s a huge privilege to be involved in the NHL and I’m certainly not going to take a job like that for granted. A lot of people want one and they’re tough to get.”

-Craig Cunningham, now a scout for the Coyotes.  Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province has more.

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