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Gretzky Draws The Crowd

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

OK. Sure. You have 24 of the top 25 women’s golfers in the world, plus a healthy helping of Hall of Famers here.
But sorry. Invite Wayne Gretzky to join you for the day and they’re all just a supporting cast.
Cristie Kerr, obviously one seriously messed-up woman in terms of billing herself as the No. 1 fan of the Phoenix Coyotes, made the mistake of asking coach Gretzky to join her at the Pro-Am for yesterday’s CN Canadian Women’s Open.

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Auld To Phoenix

via the Phoenix Coyotes,

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Alex Auld to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Chicago Gets Kevyn Adams, Phoenix Receives Radim Vrbata

via the Chicago Blackhawks, The Blackhawks have acquired C Kevyn Adams from Phoenix in exchange for RW Radim Vrbata.

added 1:53pm,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have acquired center Kevyn Adams from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Radim Vrbata.
“In Kevyn Adams we’re getting a veteran player who is extremely versatile, is a good skater and is a very good face-off man,” said Tallon. “Kevyn has won a Stanley Cup and is a proven leader.”

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Phoenix Talking With Ballard

from the Arizona Republic,

Discussions are continuing between the Coyotes and restricted free agent defenseman Keith Ballard, whom General Manager Don Maloney calls “a priority player right now.”
Maloney said the talks are not antagonistic, and that one of the snags is the length of the contract, but that the financial terms are still being hammered out.
“I would say we’re in the preliminary stages of getting a feel of where we each want to go with this thing,” Maloney said. “I like Keith. He’s going to be an important part of our team, but like anything else, we have to make a deal that makes sense to us….”

continued... including the Yotes are about $5 million below the salary cap floor…

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Dave Strader Says Hi

from the Phoenix Coyotes,

Hello Coyotes’ Fans,
I want to first express how excited I am to be the new TV voice of the Phoenix Coyotes. If you’ve read any of the newspaper articles since I was hired then you know that I have a professional history and longtime friendship with Coyotes’ TV Color Analyst Darren Pang. Panger was actually part of the first national TV game that I called for ESPN way back in 1987. It was the night before Thanksgiving and I was calling the play-by-play of a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings.

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Jovo Plays The Veteran Role

from the Arizona Republic,

Ed Jovanovski admits it can be difficult going into a season with rebuilding on the front burner, but the Coyotes veteran defenseman is optimistic that things can turn around.
“Last year (last place in the Western Conference) was tough on everyone,” he said. “We had a couple of key injuries at the beginning of the year, and when you get down in a hole that quick in your division, it’s tough to catch up . . . I think this is going to be a hard-working team….”

continued... It sure doesn’t sound like Jovo is about to waive his NTC as some rumors suggest…

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Yotes Will Ice Competitive Team

from the Arizona Republic,

Maloney knows that fans are frustrated, at the same time believing that his slow and steady approach is going to work. He is convinced that the team the Coyotes put on the ice will be competitive.
Getting the best value for the money is his mantra, and because the Coyotes have not made a splash in the free-agent market - although they will have enough wiggle room under the salary cap to do so later - his theory will be put to the test. The recent signing of goaltender David Aebischer is a case in point. Maloney brought him on board for $600,000, less than a third of what he made a season ago with the Montreal Canadiens.

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David Aebischer Heading To Phoenix?

I am hearing a little rumbling today that David Aebischer will be a signing a 1yr deal with the Phoenix Coyotes.
More information as it becomes available.
I should do these rumor things all the time, drawing millions of hits!!! lol

added 6:03pm, Confirmed through DavidAebischer.com...

added 6:41pm, from the Phoenix Coyotes,

“With the signing of David Aebischer we have taken the next step in creating depth at the goaltending position,” said Maloney.

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Yotes Sign Mike York

via the Arizona Republic,

Left wing Mike York has signed one-year, a $1 million contract with the Coyotes for the 2007-08 season.
York, 29, a free agent, played with the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders last season, garnering 21 points in 66 games. The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder shoots right-handed.

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Turris Knows How To Play The Game

from the AP via the Santa Barbara News,

‘I want to put in a good first impression,’’ Turris said after the 90-minute skate Saturday at the team’s practice facility. ‘‘I’m working my hardest.’‘
Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky already liked Turris, a 17-year-old player from New Westminster, British Columbia. Gretzky liked him even more in a gray Coyotes practice sweater, with Turris flashing the breathtaking speed that helped make him the draft’s top-ranked North American skater.
‘‘I’m a big fan of his,’’ Gretzky said. ‘‘I think he just plays the game the way the game should be played. He plays with tremendous vision and he’s still only 17 years old. He’s got a lot of great years ahead of him and he just has a tremendous attitude, as do all of the kids we have here….
Turris probably won’t be in Phoenix for a while. He reiterated his decision to play for the University of Wisconsin next season, a move the Coyotes have endorsed. After that, Turris is hoping he won’t have to wait long to make his NHL debut.

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