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The Growing Hockey Market In Arizona

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- USA Hockey recently announced participation numbers throughout the country for the 2018-19 season and once again, the data confirmed that hockey continues to thrive in Arizona.

Arizona ranked second amongst all other U.S. NHL markets in total growth percentage over the past five years. In addition, Arizona ranked first in total percentage growth for female hockey players and first for total eight and under hockey participation percentage over the past five years.

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Clayton Keller Signs An Eight-Year Extension With The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Clayton Keller to an eight-year contract extension through the 2027-28 season. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Evening Line- Craig Cunningham

“I’m getting healthier and healthier. It’s a matter of getting the right angles (with the prosthetics and the skate blade). And I’m trying to save some miles on the leg right now. Last year, I think I pushed myself too hard and I eventually had to go back in for surgery. I kept going at it and I kept dealing with the pain, and it finally festered out of control.

“I am trying to sort through whether coaching is the ultimate goal. Coaching is a lot of miles on the leg, a lot of standing all the time. And I’ve enjoyed the scouting and I’m learning a lot about the business side of hockey and the operations side of hockey and my interest is growing.

“The Arizona Coyotes have been very good to me. They treated me extremely well and gave me a great opportunity. It’s a huge privilege to be involved in the NHL and I’m certainly not going to take a job like that for granted. A lot of people want one and they’re tough to get.”

-Craig Cunningham, now a scout for the Coyotes.  Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province has more.

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Season Preview - Arizona Coyotes

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Arizona Coyotes.

Phil Kessel could be the missing piece for the Arizona Coyotes in their quest to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Coyotes finished four points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference last season. Arizona scored 209 goals, tied for the third-fewest in the League, and its leading goal scorers were Brad Richardson and Alex Galchenyuk, each with 19.

Kessel, who was acquired with defenseman prospect Dane Birks and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for Galchenyuk and defenseman prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph on June 29, has scored at least 20 goals in 11 straight seasons, including six seasons with at least 30 goals. The Coyotes haven't had a 30-goal scorer since Radim Vrbata scored 35 in 2011-12.

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Afternoon Line- Alex Meruelo, The New Owner Of The Arizona Coyotes

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Alex Meruelo Is The New Majority Owner Of The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes today announced that businessman Alex Meruelo has purchased the controlling interest in the team from Andrew Barroway. The closing of the transaction makes Meruelo, 55, the new Majority Owner, Chairman and Governor of the Coyotes and the only Hispanic controlling owner of a National Hockey League club.

"This is an incredible moment for me and my entire family," said Meruelo. "The Arizona Coyotes team is poised to do great things on and off the ice. I look forward to helping hockey continue to thrive in the desert, and I am committed to providing our passionate fans, loyal partners and the entire State of Arizona with a team they can be proud of for years to come."

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All Is Good With The Phil Kessel Trade To Arizona

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from Julia Stumbaugh of azcentral,

In the two weeks since the Kessel trade, analysts have had time to evaluate what this off-season will mean for the Coyotes. In addition to Kessel, the Coyotes have added center Carl Soderberg and made a few other depth signings.

The addition of an 82-point winger in Kessel makes the Coyotes one of the most successful teams in the league this off-season, but he still might not be the final missing piece that the offense-starved team is looking for.

Through the first week of free agency, Sportsnet's Luke Fox ranked the Coyotes as having the 12th-best off-season in the league so far:

"A few more goals and the 2018-19 Coyotes make the playoffs. Enter Phil Kessel, whose 27 goals and 82 points last season immediately make him Arizona’s deadliest weapon. The Yotes didn’t have a 20-goal scorer or a 50-point man. Coach Rick Tocchet is the Phil whisperer. Arizona has a chance to be sneaky good."

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About The Phil Kessel Trade

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins are trying to bounce back from an embarrassing first-round playoff exit by “changing the culture” and becoming harder to play against, and they feel subtracting Kessel will help in that regard. They added a player six years younger who makes almost $2 million less.

Kessel, who had a restrictive no-trade clause that allowed him to be moved to only eight teams without his permission, wanted to be traded to Arizona, where he will play for coach Rick Tocchet. Kessel had a good relationship with Tocchet while he was a Penguins assistant.

They didn’t exactly see eye to eye on the way out the door, though, specifically regarding who initiated the break-up.

“He asked to be traded a few times over the course of time,” Rutherford said. “Of course, then a little time would go by, and maybe he wasn’t quite sure if he wanted traded. But there have been times where he felt that going somewhere else might be in everybody’s best interest.”

“I’m not sure that’s exactly what happened,” Kessel said. “Jim came to me one time and said … I’ll never be a Penguin again. I think he’s mistaken a little bit there. But I don’t want to get involved in that. I’m not here to tell what really happened and the real truth, but whatever Jim wants to say.”

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It’s That Time Of Year (Pittsburgh/Arizona Trade)

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Phil Housley Named Assistant Coach For The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Phil Housley to a multi-year contract to serve as an assistant coach on Head Coach Rick Tocchet's staff. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

"Phil is a great addition to our coaching staff," said Chayka. "His experience as a player, combined with his success overseeing defensive units, make him a perfect fit for this job. We're all excited to work with him and leverage his knowledge of the game to make us better."
"I'm very pleased to add Phil to our coaching staff," said Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet. "Phil is a tremendous coach and his experience and knowledge of the game will be invaluable to our defensemen."
 

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