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Craig Cunningham Now A Pro Scout For The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Craig Cunningham to a two-year contract to serve as a pro scout. In addition to his scouting responsibilities, Cunningham will assist in player development with the Coyotes' prospects. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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The Good And Bad With The Arizona Coyotes

from Dan Bickley of azcentral sports,

The Coyotes don’t play for championships. Survival is their Stanley Cup.

On cue, they enter another offseason on the doorstep of chaos. They have ownership issues, leadership issues, stadium issues and a budget built to fail. Their never-ending dysfunction is so predictable that it elicits a collective yawn across the Valley, numbing us all to a powerful truth:

It would be a shame to lose this team on the ground floor of a revolution.

“There are some real positive signs with our young players,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “But for this team to improve, we need better top players.”

Tippett’s frustration was evident following a fifth consecutive season without a playoff berth. His team fought hard to the bitter end, embracing the role of spoiler. They beat the Capitals with a six-goal barrage and twice toppled the rival Kings, once in an 11-round shootout, followed by a victory that eliminated Los Angeles from the postseason. Pretty cool stuff, and somehow, they scrambled their way out of last place in the Pacific Division.

But championship contenders always feature a handful of elite players. The Coyotes have only one – defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. That's on ownership, and that has to change immediately.


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Video- Dear Doan

Todd Walsh with the open letter feature...


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Goodbye Shane Doan?

from Dan Bickley of azcentral sports,

After 21 years of unparalleled service, Shane Doan could be down to his final game as captain of the Arizona Coyotes.

Cheer like you’ll never see him again.

Doan hasn’t made up his mind about whether he’s finished as a NHL player. That won’t change before Saturday’s faceoff. This inconvenient truth makes it impossible for a staged love-in at Gila River Arena when the Coyotes wrap up their season with a game against Minnesota.

Doan, 40, doesn’t look like he has much left in the tank. He certainly has nothing left to prove. He’s also endured an extremely frustrating season, from freak injuries to the salary-dump trade of teammate Martin Hanzal to diminished ice time.

His unshakable faith in the organization has been tested like never before.


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Jakob Chychrun Returns Home To South Florida

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Coming home for the first time to play in front of family and friends is a rite of passage most NHL players born in North America get to enjoy.

That first game on ‘home’ ice usually isn’t in sunny South Florida, however.

For Arizona Coyotes rookie defenseman Jakob Chychrun, Thursday’s game at BB&T Center was indeed a chance to come home and play the team he grew up cheering for as his family watched from their season seats in Section 102.

Chychrun, who grew up in Boca Raton playing, in part, for the Jr. Panthers in Coral Springs, says he asked for 50 visitors passes and expects many more to be in the stands for his South Florida NHL debut.

“It’s awesome, this is the rink I grew up coming to games at and I have a lot of great memories here,” said Chychrun, whose teammate Connor Murphy also played for the Jr. Panthers when his father Gord played in South Florida.

“We had season tickets for many years so it’s real cool to be on the other side of it. It’s going to be hard to not look up there, we have so many good memories here.

“I grew up a Panthers fan; to play against them will be pretty cool.”


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Is Chris Pronger GM Material?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Chris Pronger's final days on a player's contract are upon us. His last paycheck from the seven-year, $34.55 million deal he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009 goes through next month, after which he's free to begin the next chapter in his hockey life.

When exactly the Arizona Coyotes -- who acquired Pronger's contract via trade in 2015 -- will retire his number we don't know yet.

In all seriousness, though, the Hockey Hall of Famer -- who has not played an NHL game since 2011 -- enjoys working with the NHL's Department of Player Safety but his true desire at some point would be to run an NHL team.

"I'm very interested one day in becoming a GM," Pronger told ESPN.com. "I have a lot to learn, and need to put some work in. But down the road at some point, under the right circumstances, it's definitely something I'm interested in pursuing.''


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John Chayka’s First Year As The GM For The Arizona Coyotes

from Jonas Siegel of the CP at the Ottawa Citizen,

While taking in a Panthers game on break from the NHL general managers in Florida earlier this month, the youngest GM in pro sports history picked the brain of one of hockey's greatest players and savviest managers.

John Chayka wanted to know how Steve Yzerman went about constructing Team Canada's Olympic and world championship teams, and how the process helped him develop as a manager.

"And I don't know how much it helps me in my situation in Arizona too much...(but) at the same time I think you can always apply logic or learn no matter what the background is," Chayka said of conversations with the hall of famer and Tampa Bay Lightning GM.

The Arizona Coyotes' 27-year-old GM has tried to absorb as many lessons as possible in his first year on the job, from building relationships with more experienced colleagues to handling trade talks at the deadline to figuring out how to best to manage time. It's all new for the Jordan Station, Ont., native, a shocking hire by the Coyotes at age 26 last spring.

The GMs fraternity in the NHL is prototypical of an old boys club, populated by former players, coaches and managers. The average age of the other 30 GMs is 54 with the oldest of the group, 74-year-old Lou Lamoriello, hired into the league in 1987 before Chayka was even born in 1989.

Chayka hints that his age has been "an issue" in his first-year dealings as GM, nothing malicious, he says, "but there is the reality that you are the youngest person in the room."

Still, he contends that his unique viewpoint serves as a helpful counterbalance in trades with some of his fellow GMs because his wants and needs may differ from competitors.


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Gary Bettman On The Arizona Coyotes

from Pierre LeBrun of TSN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman explained the reasoning behind a letter he sent to the Arizona Legislature, warning that the Coyotes cannot make their long-term home in Glendale.

"I don't want it misconstrued. We are not giving up on the Coyotes in the Greater Phoenix area," Bettman said Wednesday, after the NHL general managers meetings wrapped up for the week.

"The fact that the Coyotes are even having discussions about moving out of Glendale is because the city of Glendale chose to terminate the long-term agreement they had with the team. Had they not terminated that agreement, we wouldn't be having this discussion. The Coyotes are looking at the numerous options they have in the Valley and we expect one of them to go to fruition."

Bettman said the purpose of the letter was to counter the lobbying he believed the city of Glendale has been doing with senators in the Phoenix area.


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The Latest On The Arizona Coyotes Search For A New Rink

from Craig Harris of azcentral,

The Arizona Coyotes and National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday threatened to move the franchise out of Arizona if the Legislature does not approve $225 million in public financing for a new arena in downtown Phoenix or the East Valley.

Bettman sent a three-page letter to state Senate President Steve Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard encouraging them to push through a public-financing bill that is stalled in the Senate amid a lack of support from lawmakers. The struggling NHL franchise wants out of Glendale, saying it's not economically viable to play there even though that West Valley city financed its 13-year-old Gila River Arena specifically for the Coyotes.

"The Arizona Coyotes must have a new arena location to succeed," Bettman wrote. "The Coyotes cannot and will not remain in Glendale."

Team owner Andrew Barroway also issued a statement saying Glendale no longer is an option because the team loses tens of millions of dollars playing in Gila River Arena. He added that if the team reaches a point where "there is simply no longer a path forward in Arizona," then "we will work with our partners in the league office and across the NHL to determine our next steps."


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GIF- Colin Miller Hit On Alex Burmistrov

Five for charging and a game for Miller...


added 8:36pm, video added below...

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