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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Is it to early to conceive of an Arizona Coyotes’ line of Connor McDavid in the middle with fellow world junior teammates Anthony Duclair and Max Domi next season?
Not now, not after the Desert Dogs, who have very little bite left, losers of nine in a row and close to the worst team in the league today, shipped their second-best defenceman, Keith Yandle, Sunday afternoon to the New York Rangers. Glen Sather’s team has no interest in any lottery picks, only the Stanley Cup after getting to the final dance but falling to the Los Angeles Kings last June. So they sacrificed tomorrow for today, giving up gifted young winger Duclair, along with first (2016) and second-round (2015) draft choices.
It’s the biggest close-to-trade deadline deal so far because Yandle is only 28 years old.
Duclair, who plays for the Memorial Cup host Quebec Remparts, and Domi, the MVP of the world junior who plays for Dale Hunter’s London Knights, were starry linemates at the world junior over Christmas.
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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
That sound you just heard was Glen Sather pushing all of the chips into the middle of the table.
Realistically, the New York Rangers have about a 15-month window to get the veteran general manager a sixth Stanley Cup following a whopper of a deal Sunday to land Keith Yandle.
After falling three wins short of a championship last spring, the Rangers doubled down by parting with 19-year-old prospect Anthony Duclair, 24-year-old defenceman John Moore, a 2015 second-round pick and a 2016 first-round pick in Sunday’s blockbuster.
Arizona retained half of Yandle’s salary and added defenceman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick, but this deal was all about the now for the Rangers.
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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
With the Coyotes falling into the "sellers" category at this year's trade deadline, which expires at 1 p.m. Arizona time Monday, the team could once again be busy in reshaping the roster. That, undoubtedly, creates uneasiness for players, but it's also a trying time for the equipment staff.
During any road trip, the team carries three-to-four blank jerseys and a kit of letters and numbers should they need to be sewn on the jersey. The Coyotes also have jerseys with them for every player from their American Hockey League affiliate in case any one of them gets recalled while on the road.
Wilson prefers to have jerseys for new players crested at the shop the Coyotes have used since the franchise relocated to the Valley in 1996, Artcraft Sports Apparel. And when a new nameplate is needed, he has AlphaGraphics whip one up for him.
If both can arrive the next day, great. But same-day courier service is a possibility, Wilson said.
A traded player will arrive with his own sticks, skates and underneath gear but requires new gloves and a helmet that reflect team colors.
Wilson carries the most popular brands, but he'll have equipment shipped to wherever the team is if a player uses something different — a list of which is swapped between equipment managers once the trade is consummated.
from Pat Pickens of the New York Times,
Like many young hockey players, Mark Arcobello spent his formative years trekking around New England for youth tournaments.
But even the most intense schedule would pale in comparison to Arcobello’s road during his first full N.H.L. season.
Arcobello, a 26-year-old center for the Arizona Coyotes, has spent this season living out of a suitcase. He is on his fourth N.H.L. team, tying a league record.
“It’s been crazy, but it’s a good experience, I think,” said Arcobello, a native of Milford, Conn. “I can now say I’ve been traded, picked off waivers, been on four teams in one year. I’ve seen a lot of coaches, a lot of players, it’s kind of a cool experience.”
Dennis O’Brien in 1977-78 and Dave McLlwain in 1991-92 also played for four N.H.L. teams in the same season.
“I don’t know if that’s a really good one to tie,” Arcobello said.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Coyotes are going to get a good shot at one of the top three picks in the draft given their futility this season. Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and even defenseman Noah Hanifin, the expected third pick, all have the potential to exponentially accelerate the Coyotes' return to respectability, given their solid collection of young prospects and players like Ekman-Larsson, Mikkel Boedker and Max Domi.
Still, it is important that Maloney not just offload bodies but get excellent return, given the high demand for his assets. This will be the third playoff miss in a row for the Coyotes after a surprise run to the 2012 Western Conference final, and there is significant pressure to show some real progress next year. How Maloney makes out in the coming weeks will say a lot about that progress.
from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,
Antoine Vermette's name remains at the top of TSN's Trade Bait board and will likely remain there until the 32-year-old centre is finally traded.
Vermette has spent much of the season as fodder for ongoing trade speculation, but doesn't seem phased by the daily questioning or uncertainty of his playing future. He's a pro and has wisely avoided the temptation of social media, but he's constantly reminded of the strong possibility of being traded for the third time in his career.
"It comes from people around you, and TSN does a good job of keeping me updated, he told The Dreger Report on Thursday. "But, I'm not focusing on the rumours. It's just part of the situation.
"Being from Canada, I know how passionate fans are. I get that and I just try and deal with it as best I can."
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GLENDALE – Coyotes center Martin Hanzal is slated to have back surgery and likely will be sidelined for the rest of the season.
“Marty is going to have a procedure on his back next week, which will put him week-to-week and in all likelihood finish his season,” General Manager Don Maloney said Thursday. “The good thing is he’ll have time to recover and we’ll get him back as soon as possible. The likelihood of him returning this season is remote but we do anticipate a full recovery.”
Hanzal, an alternate captain who has played only 37 of the team’s 55 games this season, has been sidelined since Jan. 29. Despite playing with the nagging injury, he ranks tied for sixth on the team with eight goals and tied for seventh with 24 points.
“It's been something he's had for the last two or three seasons and it has gotten progressively worse,” Maloney said. “We can't keep doing this. We have to find a solution. He's still a young man. We've got to get him better. We need to get him where he's healthy and can help us win.”
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