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Jakob Chychrun Had Knee Surgery Today, Out Indefinitely

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun underwent successful knee surgery today to repair a knee injury that he suffered this week during offseason training. Chychrun is expected to make a full recovery but will be out indefinitely. The Coyotes will provide a further update once training camp begins on September 14.

Chychrun totaled 7-13-20 with 47 penalty minutes (PIM) in 68 games as a rookie with the Coyotes in 2016-17. He was originally drafted by Arizona in the first round (16th overall) in the 2016 Entry Draft.

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Arizona Coyotes Name Two Assistant Coaches

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed John MacLean and Scott Allen to multi-year contracts to serve as assistant coaches on Head Coach Rick Tocchet's staff. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. MacLean and Allen will work alongside Goaltending Coach Jon Elkin and Video Coach Steve Peters.

"We are very pleased to have John and Scott join the Coyotes organization," said Chayka. "Both individuals bring a wealth of hockey knowledge and coaching experience to our team and we are confident that they will be great additions to Head Coach Rick Tocchet's staff."
 

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A New Era For The Arizona Coyotes

from Greg Moore of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway took a moment to yuk it up at an introductory news conference at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

Posing with new team President and CEO Steve Patterson, Barroway mugged for cameras and ducked his face behind a Coyotes sweater in a show of personality that isn’t typical of NHL owners. 

It came after he used his first public comments since acquiring sole control of the team to say “today marks a new era for our franchise” and “this is a dream come true for me.”

It was entertaining and will be remembered fondly, assuming he connects on what he stated as his top priority: “The most important thing is to find a long-term home for the Coyotes in Arizona.”

The message was exactly what Coyotes fans should have wanted to hear from Barroway as he introduced himself, Patterson and coach Rick Tocchet – the latest and most important moves in a summer filled with changes. 

The team has seen more turnover than a rookie forward who can’t handle a stick since Barroway took charge in June. It’s resulted in a long list of questions, many of which have no clear answers.

Here’s what we now know and what we should watch for moving forward: 

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Arizona Coyotes Name Steve Patterson As Their New President And CEO

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway announced today that Steve Patterson has been named as the club's new President and CEO. Barroway also announced that General Manager John Chayka has been promoted to President of Hockey Operations and General Manager.

"We are very pleased to name Steve as our new President and CEO," said Barroway. "Steve has a wealth of experience and has served as an innovative and successful executive in the NFL, NBA, professional hockey, professional baseball and college athletics for over 30 years. He's built championship teams and organizations and has managed stadiums, ballparks and arenas across the United States. Most importantly, he previously worked in our market and has the necessary corporate and political relationships to help us secure a long-term home for the Coyotes in the Valley. We're thrilled to have him join us."

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Rick Tocchet Is The New Head Coach For The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Rick Tocchet to a multi-year contract to serve as the club's head coach. Tocchet becomes the 18th head coach in franchise history. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to name Rick as our new head coach," said Chayka. "Rick is an excellent coach and a proven winner. While with the Penguins, he won a Stanley Cup as a player and two cups as a coach. He's experienced, knowledgeable and is a great leader and communicator. He's also a former Coyotes player and assistant coach and the perfect fit for us. We're thrilled to have him re-join our organization."

Tocchet, 53, joins the Coyotes following three seasons and back-to-back Stanley Cup championships as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tocchet joined Pittsburgh on June 25, 2014 and helped the Penguins become the first team since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings to win consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

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Dave Tippett Felt It Was Time For A Change

from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,

“It’s been a long go here trying to keep things going, and now with the change of ownership again – or change of direction again – the instability of the rink and stuff, it just seemed like the right time for them and for me,” Tippett said. “There’s nothing I could put my finger on. Just time for a change.”

Talks about Tippett’s future with the Coyotes had started before his trip to Chicago. How long this conversation had been going on was unclear, with Tippett just saying, “a while.” He still, however, was in Chicago because he thought it was “best just to come and get in front of everybody.”...

“You feel it’s time for a change,” Tippett said. “I feel like I needed a change now. Seemed like the right time with ownership changing and Doaner and Smitty – not that those are excuses. But just a lot of things built up and just time to try something new.”

Tippett said the decisions to cut ties with Smith and Doan weren’t part of his reason for leaving, instead citing the need for a fresh start. Asked if he agreed with the moves, Tippett said: “They were organizational moves that were made. That’s just the way it goes.”

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Sounds Like A New York Rangers/Arizona Coyotes Trade Is In The Works

Fun day so far.

 

added 12:45pm,

 

 

added 1:15pm, Arizona release is below...

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Chicago Ships Niklas Hjalmarsson To Arizona

 

added 12:10pm, Arizon release is below...

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Dave Tippett Moving On From The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway announced today that the Coyotes and Head Coach Dave Tippett have mutually agreed to part ways. A search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

"On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Tip for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization," said Barroway.  "Tip is a man of high character and we are very grateful for his leadership during his tenure as our head coach.   Ultimately, we have some philosophical differences on how to build our team.  Therefore, we mutually agreed that it is in everyone's best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward."

"After some thoughtful discussions with Andy, we both agreed that it was best for me to move on," said Tippett.  "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Coyotes and wish Andy and the entire organization all the best in the future."

Tippett was named the 17th head coach in franchise history on September 24, 2009 and compiled a 282-257-83 record with the team. 

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Goodbye Shane Doan

from Dan Bickley of azcentral sports,

Doan's playing career in Arizona was effectively terminated on Monday by the Coyotes when it was announced he would not be offered a contract. The organization couldn't wait for Doan to retire on his terms. The decision is callous, ungrateful and raises significant questions about the future of the franchise.

And in the end, it might be the best thing that ever happened to one of the most popular athletes in Arizona history.

Doan is 40 and has spent half his life in a Coyotes uniform. Over 20 seasons in the desert, his enduring commitment and great standing in the community helped the Coyotes survive a series of crises that could’ve severed the bond between a team and its paying customers.

He never left for greener pastures or lost belief in the future, and Coyotes fans took his cue. Out of love and respect, they remained true to the organization he dutifully represented.

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