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Arizona Coyotes Exploring Options For Temporary Home

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Teams Interested In Jakob Chychrun

from TSN,

The Jakob Chychrun sweepstakes appear to be heating up.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger points to the Toronto Maple Leafs among many teams to 'kick tires' on the Arizona Coyotes defenceman but adds that at least five teams have "strong interest" in the 23-year-old.

"Well look, Arizona Coyotes’ defenceman Jakob Chychrun has term left on his contract and I can tell you, the Toronto Maple Leafs are among many teams who have at least kicked tires on Chychrun, but you look at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster, how they move forward, it seems like a tough fit for the Maple Leafs to try and manoeuvre unless Kyle Dubas gets extraordinarily creative," Dreger said on Insider Trading.

"Now, sources say that the list of teams with strong interest in Chychrun includes L.A., Florida, Boston, Anaheim and the St. Louis Blues. Now, Bill Armstrong obviously has time on his side, so he is going to let this marinate a little bit more, unless he gets the four components that are needed."


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Getting Auston Matthews Home

from Craig Morgan of Go PHNX,

If you are from Toronto and you just read that headline, you either laughed out loud or you suffered a panic attack. Those are the endpoints on the Maple Leafs fan spectrum, a truth that I discovered all too well when I conducted the most innocuous of Q&As with Matthews 2½ years ago, only to have Leafs nation implode.

I heard it on talk shows, I heard it on podcasts and I read it in print. Those who weren’t busy trashing or dismissing the Coyotes franchise for its myriad missteps over the years were genuinely concerned that Matthews had only signed a five-year extension with the Leafs earlier that year because his goal was to come home and wear the jersey of the team for which he grew up rooting; the jersey that his idols Danny Brière and Shane Doan had worn.

For the fearful, all roads led back to the same place.

Matthews would win a Cup or two in Toronto and then realize that he had nothing left to prove so he would return to his home state.

Matthews would not win a Cup with the Leafs and become so sick of Toronto’s suffocating fan support and withering media coverage that he would jump ship for his quiet, happy place.


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John Chayka Opens Up

from John Chayka at Sportico,

Fear is rarely logical. I learned this with certainty on the first Thursday in May 2016—I’m sure of the date because my wife saved the newspapers—the day I was announced as the general manager of the Arizona Coyotes, becoming the youngest general manager in the history of North American professional sports at 26 years old.

I should have been exultant. Instead, I was terrified. I was brimming with more uncertainty and anxiousness than I’d experienced in my life. Though I could not identify it at the time, I was experiencing what psychologists call “imposter syndrome.” First coined in the 1970s, this phenomenon typically afflicts high achievers who attribute their success not to their own abilities, but to a “fluke” or grand good luck. Imposters feel like a fraud destined to fail, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

Driving to the arena in my first days as GM, I remember fixating on my resume, working to talk myself into a degree of self-confidence. I had majored in business at a top school, graduating at the top of my class. I’d been in hockey all my life in one form or another, beginning with countless hours in a backyard rink in Canada to founding the gold standard of hockey analytics, Stathletes Inc., with my brother-in-law in his basement. I was also overseeing a restaurant portfolio with a larger staff and more expansive operations than my eventual position with the Coyotes. (We now operate over 30 restaurants, employ over 1,000 people across Canada, and I sit on the board of Wendy’s Canada.)

Only in retrospect did I fully grasp that this fear and self-doubt was strength in disguise.


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What Do You Mean The Doors Are Locked?

from Katie Strang of The Athletic,

The City of Glendale is threatening to lock the Arizona Coyotes out of Gila River Arena due to delinquent tax bills and unpaid arena charges, The Athletic has learned.

On Dec. 3, the Arizona Department of Revenue filed a tax lien notice in Maricopa County against IceArizona Hockey LLC, the company that owns the Coyotes, for more than $1.3 million in unpaid state and city taxes. The City of Glendale, which has been locked in a lengthy dispute with the Coyotes over delinquent bills, has already notified ASM, the Gila River Arena management company, and Coyotes team president and CEO Xavier Gutierrez of the cancellation of the Coyotes’ business license.

The City of Glendale is owed approximately $250,000 in unpaid city taxes, according to a letter from City Manager Kevin Phelps to Gutierrez, and the remaining amount is owed to the state. The state tax lien notice, obtained via a public records request, asserts that the Coyotes owe taxes dating back to June 2020.

The Coyotes, according to the notice sent to ASM and to the team, will have until 5 p.m. MST on Dec. 20 to pay the outstanding arena invoices from the 2020-21 season, as well as the outstanding tax bill. If they do not settle up the remaining debt by that time, the City of Glendale has instructed ASM to deny team employees access to the arena and the offices within the arena used as administrative space. Arena vendors would also be locked out.

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Chicago Blackhawks And Arizona Coyotes Still Without A Win This Season

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks are playing like a hockey team without belief.

They’re still saying all the right things, at least when it comes to their on-ice performance. But in a 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Friday that extended the Hawks’ season-opening losing streak, they simply didn’t seem confident enough to turn the tide when things started going badly.

“Eight games in and we don’t have a win — it’s terrible,” Brandon Hagel said. “Early on, it’s like, ‘Let’s keep playing the same way. We’re going to get out of this. We’re going to get out of this.’ We’re still trying to do that, we’re still trying to stay positive... But obviously, the first win is in the back of everyone’s mind.”

After setting a league record by not leading once through their first six games, the Hawks have actually shown early jump and scored the first goal in each of their last two.


from Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic,

Friday night found the Arizona Coyotes in an unfamiliar position this season — scoreless and tied through two periods with their best chance to win their first game of the season since a shootout loss at Buffalo on Oct. 16.

But John Carlson scored on a power play with 7:58 to play in the game, and Alex Ovechkin sealed the Washington Capitals' 2-0 win with an empty net goal in the final seconds. Prior to the first goal, the Coyotes had gone 5 for 5 on the penalty kill, but a holding penalty to Liam O'Brien gave the Capitals another man advantage, and they cashed it in.

Goaltender Karel Vejmelka gave the Coyotes a lift with his play. With the Coyotes unable to generate much offense putting up only 16 shots on goal for the game, Vejmelka and the penalty kill, until late, loomed large for the team against the Capitals in the Coyotes' third game of a six-game road trip.


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Alex Galchenyuk Signs With The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Alex Galchenyuk to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to sign Alex,” said Armstrong. “He is a versatile, skilled forward who works hard and has earned a spot on our roster. He will be a good addition to our team.”

The 27-year-old Galchenyuk registered 5-8-13 with 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 34 total games with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs in 2020-21.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound forward recorded 4-8-12 and 14 PIM in 26 contests with the Maple Leafs. He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes from Ottawa on February 13 and acquired by Toronto from the Hurricanes on February 15 in exchange for forward Egor Korshkov and defenseman David Warsofsky.

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John Ferguson Named Assistant GM For The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have signed John Ferguson to a multi-year contract to serve as the Club’s Assistant General Manager. Ferguson will also serve as the General Manager of the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL). As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to name John as our new assistant general manager,” said Armstrong. “John is extremely knowledgeable about the game and with 20-plus years in the NHL, brings a tremendous amount of experience to our hockey operations department. We are thrilled to have him join our team and I am looking forward to working with him.”

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Arizona Coyotes Trade Christian Dvorak To The Montreal Canadiens

Three hours late with this, had to attend a party or else my name would have been mud fo about two weeks.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have acquired a 2022 first round draft choice and a 2024 second round draft choice from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for center Christian Dvorak.

“On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization, we would like to thank Christian for everything he did for the organization the last five seasons,” said Armstrong. “We wish him the best in the future.”

Dvorak registered 67-79-146 and 70 penalty minutes (PIM) in 302 career games with the Coyotes. He was originally drafted by Arizona in the second round (58th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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Tempe Could Become The New Home For The Arizona Coyotes

from Wills Rice of Arizona Sports,

The Arizona Coyotes have submitted a proposal to build a new arena in Tempe.

The city of Tempe released a statement, not identifying the Coyotes, stating there was one submission for a mixed-use project incorporating a professional sports franchise and entertainment district..

“We are pleased to have submitted a proposal to the City of Tempe,” a team spokesperson said Thursday. “As regulations surrounding the RFP process dictate, we cannot comment any further at this time, but we remain incredibly excited about this extraordinary opportunity.”...

The conclusion of the process would ultimately result in a public meeting and a vote to accept or reject an agreement with the team.

“The city of Tempe anticipates that the next steps in this evaluation process will take many months and will include extensive examinations,” said the city.


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