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Positive Signs For The Arizona Coyotes

from Richard Morin of azcentral sports,

For an organization that’s dealt with its fair share of legal strife, relocation rumors and a subpar on-ice product in recent years, the Coyotes are nonetheless “excited” about the direction of their franchise  and what it means for the future of hockey in the Valley.

Through the first 18 home games at Gila River Arena, the team’s attendance was up 5 percent from the same time last season and their group ticket sales ranked in the NHL’s top six, according to the Coyotes.

Team President and CEO Steve Patterson said he was encouraged by the increased statistics this season to date.

“We’re pleased to see positive indicators even given we haven’t won as many games as we would’ve liked,” Patterson said. “We have a passionate fan base here for hockey, and now we’re starting to see some improved success.”

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An Arizona/Chicago Trade



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Anthony Duclair Could Be A Good Fit For The Right Team

from Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet,

Whoever trades for Anthony Duclair will be landing one of the NHL’s hidden gems.

Of the names being bandied about as potential trade possibilities this spring, there aren’t many more interesting than Duclair. Just 22 years old and a pending restricted free agent on a cheap contract, he could be both a bargain pickup for immediate help and a long-term fit for whoever acquires him.

Being able to get both of those aspects is a relative rarity on the trade market. As Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported last month, the Arizona Coyotes are looking to give the winger a “fresh start” so their loss will be some other team’s gain.

Duclair has spent the past three years in Arizona, which is a hard place for a player to demonstrate his value. The Coyotes lost 47 games his first year, 52 his second and are currently on-pace to lose 63 games this season.


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Video- Zac Rinaldo Suspended 6 Games

NEW YORK (Dec. 27, 2017) – Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for six games, without pay, for punching an unsuspecting opponent – Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard – during NHL Game No. 554 in Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 8:52 of the second period. Rinaldo was assessed a match penalty under Rule 46.15.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Rinaldo will forfeit $22,580.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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The Arizona Coyotes “Stick With It” In OT Win Over The Washington Capitals

from Bob McManaman of azcentral sports,

Second-year right winger Christian Fischer, however, has been a coaches’ delight for Rick Tocchet.

He mentioned Fischer’s steady play before Friday night’s game against the Washington Capitals and he raved about the 20-year-old’s continuing marked improvement again after Fischer crashed the crease and jammed in a rebound with 61 seconds to play to force overtime at Gila River Arena.

The Coyotes dominated the three-on-three portion of play in the extra session and their puck possession prowess paid off when Max Domi fed a backhander to the net and Clayton Keller scored on a second effort to beat goalie Philipp Grubauer with 27 seconds left for a hard-fought 3-2 victory in front of 10,904.

“We came out strong and we didn’t give them much and we played our style of hockey,” Keller said after scoring his team-leading 13th goal. “I think that’s what happens when we stick with it.”

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Video- Rick Tocchet Disappointed In His Team

The Coyotes gave up 2 goals in the 3rd period and lost 3-2 to the Florida Panthers.

Here is Rick Tocchet post-game.



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One More Year For The Coyotes In Glendale

from Craig Harris of azcentral,

The Arizona Coyotes are giving their fans an early Christmas gift: They will play at least one more season at Gila River Arena.

"We are absolutely planning to play next season at Gila River Arena and are focused on building a winning hockey team, positively contributing to our community, and achieving success in all aspects of our business," said Ahron Cohen, the team's chief operating officer told The Arizona Republic....

The one-year extension in Glendale also may quell concerns in the short term about the team moving to Seattle or Houston — cities currently seeking an NHL team.

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How Does Oliver Ekman-Larsson Or Evander Kane Sound For The Islanders?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

For years there has been clamor ignored by Snow to acquire a running mate suitable for Tavares, a sure-shot Hart contender. And the Islanders do have the assets necessary to acquire Buffalo pending free agent winger Evander Kane, who is having the second-best season of his career and is likely going to be the hottest commodity on the rental market.

Coincidentally (or not), the 26-year-old Kane’s best season came in 2011-12, when he was on the final season of his first contract. Good news for the team that gets him now, perhaps not such good news for the team that signs him next July to a lucrative long-term deal.

But the Islanders and Tavares might not need Kane....

So this may not be the time or place for Kane. Rather, this is probably exactly the time for Snow to load up a package for Arizona’s estimable defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, whose contract at $5 million per runs through next season and will be the object of a wild bidding war once the 26-year-old lets Coyotes personnel know he’s unlikely to re-up for more wandering through the desert....

It will cost any team to get OEL, and it could cost the Islanders either Josh Ho-Sang or Anthony Beauvillier, perhaps Brock Nelson, maybe Ryan Pulock or Scott Mayfield, and probably one of the two first-rounders (their own plus Calgary’s) they own in the 2018 draft. The price will be high, but it would be worthwhile.

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Video- You Make The Call Coyotes/Leafs

The Leafs thought they had scored late in the 3rd period to tie the game. 


Yotes went on to score 2 eng to win 4-1.



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Video- Claude Julien After The Montreal Canadiens Suffer A Home Loss To The Arizona Coyotes

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette has the recap on the Arizona Coyotes 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadians and Claude Julien basically wraps it up in 30 seconds.



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