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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes have failed to make the playoffs since that Cinderella run, and barring a midseason revival, the team seems poised for a third consecutive absence.
This trajectory has led many to wonder if now is the time for Doan to cash in those 19 years of unwavering service, request a trade and seek a championship with a different team.
Apparently, though, Doan isn't one of them.
"It hasn't even crossed my mind," he said. "It's not even something I'm thinking about. I don't foresee me ever making that decision."
Doan and the Coyotes are about as interchangeable as it gets, so it'd be tough to see him slip on a sweater of another color. But no one could blame him for tagging out to chase a personal ambition after being a pillar of optimism through ownership drama and relocation rumors — especially at the age of 38.
But, believe it or not, it's that commitment to the Coyotes that gives Doan plenty of reason to stay.
added 1:24pm, More on Doan from Pierre LeBrun below...
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
“Point three seconds,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “I couldn’t believe it. I looked up, thinking it would be five seconds, 10 seconds. Of course, it has to be under a second left.” ...
With just three tenths of a second left on the overtime clock, Martin Erat slipped around Nugent-Hopkins with the puck and before the Oilers could say shootout, Oliver Ekman-Larsson beat Ben Scrivens with the winner.
“Heartbreaker,” said (Todd) Nelson. “I think there were five seconds left, the play was on the wall near our bench, and all of a sudden, they have a rush and Larsson makes a great shot.”
“It sucks. It really does. It’s just like, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’ ” said captain Andrew Ference. “Those plays are extremely frustrating, but you can’t toss the positives out of the window. We were playing for the win.
“Yeah, the final play of the game sticks with you, and it’s hard to shake off, but you can’t constantly beat yourself up about it.”
more on the game and watch the Oliver Ekman-Larsson goal below...
via Tyson Nash tweets and to me, it sounds like Nash is speaking from his own experience.
Listen up Young players getting a chance for 1st time in NHL! Don't say woulda, coulda, shoulda when game is over. Leave it all on ice!!
I get that Ur nervous and scared but do something to get noticed. U never know when u get this chance again.
Don't care how skilled U are. Hit someone, fight someone, then maybe even score one. Make it impossible for them to send U down again.
Then do that for the rest of ur career and retire happily with zero regrets.
That's is all for now. Actually one more thing. Nobody owes U anything in this game. Now go get it!
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- Thirty-one years after deciding to go the straight-and-narrow and thereby blow their shot at Mario Lemieux, the Devils get a do-over. They’re going to need a do-over sooner rather than later anyway, what with the plethora of aging pending free agents on the roster, so why not now?
It only makes sense to get on with it — and the process of joining the race for the bottom and the corresponding chance at drafting Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel — as quickly as possible and without pretense.
Obviously, a plan to dump — veterans, not games — contradicts everything for which Lamoriello has stood for throughout his career at Providence and in New Jersey. But these aren’t normal times.
- Remember how a few short weeks ago Andrew Barroway was on the verge of gaining majority control of the Coyotes, the news first reported by The Post?
Not so fast, for now comes word from a plugged-in source that the deal appears to be falling apart, with Barroway seemingly on the verge of backing out.
Slap Shots has been told the current ownership has directed GM Don Maloney to shed payroll … which would mean stripping the club with the league’s third-lowest payroll into a bare-bones operation.
Who could be going in addition to Keith Yandle (at $5.2 million per season through next year)?
more on each topic plust additional hockey talk..
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Philip Samuelsson from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional fifth round draft choice in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The 23-year-old Samuelsson has registered 0-4-4 and 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 22 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) this season. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound native of Leksand, Sweden has appeared in five career NHL games with the Penguins. Samuelsson was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (61st overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.
In 19 games with the Coyotes this season, Klinkhammer collected 3-0-3 and four PIM.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes lost their sixth straight at home Thursday to open a five-game homestand, falling 4-0 to the Los Angeles Kings in front of 12,254 to prompt a players-only meeting for approximately 20 minutes.
"Everyone had an opportunity to kind of express themselves and what they think," captain Shane Doan said. "It's important that we understand that no one's going to feel sorry for you. They'll be a lot of people pointing fingers from the outside, and we gotta make sure we're good on the inside and we just gotta be better as a group. But our belief in each other has to be better, and we gotta have a belief in the fact that we're a good enough team to win."...
The losing streak (0-4-2) ties a franchise record and marks the first time the Coyotes have lost six in a row at home since Jan. 27-Feb. 16, 2009.
Equally concerning is the fact the Coyotes have gone 172:23 without scoring a goal at home.
"It's a great group, but it has to transfer into results on the ice," goalie Mike Smith said. "Saying that, I think we've done a lot of talking and one thing I take out from a lot that's been said is there has to be a belief in here that you can win. Until there's a belief you can win, you can come back, you can hold leads, you'll just continue to struggle."...
"What I can control is playing up to my capability, and it hasn't been there," Smith said. "It hasn't been up to my capability, and that's why we're struggling to stay in hockey games."
from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona,
Among the most glaring and disturbing of the Coyotes' deficiencies in a 3-0 loss to Calgary on Saturday was the noticeable difference in speed between the teams....
"I'd like to think that our pace wasn't good enough," he said. "In this game, if you played slow you didn't play very well and we had too many players that played slow."
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they've looked slower than many opponents this season, and that trend began on opening night when the Winnipeg Jets skated circles around them.
With 24 games providing a healthy sample size for evaluation, that issue could signal a continuation of the gradual youth movement that is already underway in Glendale with the call-ups of forwards Tobias Rieder, Brendan Shinnimin and defenseman Brandon Gormley.
"When you take a hard look at where you're at relative to the competition and when you take a look at what's happening around the league, I think that's where we need to take this team," GM Don Maloney said.
from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona,
The Coyotes will not tank the 2014-15 season. Not going to happen. Not a chance.
"I don't think that's something I would ever accept under any circumstance," Maloney, the Coyotes GM, said. "Tanking is not in Tip's DNA, it's not in my DNA, it's not in ownership's DNA and it's not in the players' DNA.
"Just that idea destroys the whole credibility of an organization. We would all love a franchise player -- or two or three -- but that's not how you go about it."
The idea of tanking overtakes fans wherever you find teams withering while franchise players are ripening on the amateur vines. But you'd be hard pressed to find an instance (cough, 2011 Indianapolis Colts, cough) where the team actually played along with this approach.
"Players are paid to win, coaches are paid to win and I'm paid to win," Maloney said. "If we tanked in order to rebuild, I wouldn't be around for the rebuild."
The video explains it all and the Ducks won 2-1.
"I think as we go forward here we're going to introduce some younger people into our group and see if we can tweak the chemistry to get the right mix of veterans and youth and inexperience.
"I think if we erred in anything, it was maybe going into the season with a little bit more of a veteran lineup. That hasn't worked for us, so now we're changing gears a little bit and starting to bring more energy into our group."
-Don Maloney, GM of the Arizona Coyotes. More from Arizona Sports and Maloney who spoke with an Arizona radio station earlier today.
Tomorrow, the rumor starters will be yelling fire sale!
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