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A New Voice In Phoenix?

from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mike Lange is tentatively scheduled to meet with the Penguins this week to discuss a multiyear contract to remain as the team’s radio voice. But events across the country could have an effect on those negotiations.
Late last week the Phoenix Coyotes fired their longtime television play-by-play announcer Curt Keilback, thus creating an opening that could deeply interest Lange.

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Candidates For The Phoenix GM Job

via the East Valley Tribune,

A Coyotes spokesman said Saturday that Neil Smith, Craig Patrick and Doug MacLean are among the nine names on the team’s list of possible replacements for Mike Barnett, who was fired following the 2006-2007 season. The team plans to begin interviews this week but didn’t release any other names.

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Yotes Fire Play-By-Play Man

from KVOA,

The Phoenix Coyotes on Friday fired play-by-play television announcer Curt Keilback, the voice of the NHL franchise for the past 27 seasons.
Keilback said he was told by team officials that his contract was not being renewed.
“I certainly didn’t see it coming,” Keilback told the East Valley Tribune. “To all of a sudden to be told just out of the blue, ‘That’s it. You’re done,’ is devastating.”

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Why Barry Smith Left Phoenix

from the Edmonton Journal,

The axe fell in Phoenix not long after Barry Smith high-tailed it off the continent….
So why not hang around and help if things look so rosy?
“I wanted to run my own program. I’d gone with Scotty Bowman (in Detroit) for a long time and it was a tremendous experience,” said Smith. “I had the chance to work with Wayne for two seasons and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. He’s got to be the coach. He’s got to have the chance of doing more on his own.
“I want to do more of my own as well. It wasn’t as if we had different philosophies. I love the guy. I needed a chance to try my way.”

more on Smith and the World Championships…

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Massive Changes Coming to Phoenix

From TSN,

While the Coyotes claim that Wayne Gretzky will be given more of a say in personnel matters, the team has yet to hire a new general manager to replace Mike Barnett. Finding a general manager with an independent voice, and not tied so closely to the Great One, is the only way to affect the dramatic change necessary.
Off-Season Game Plan looks at what should be an eventful summer in Phoenix.
In recent years, the Coyotes have made terrible player evaluations, while also surrendering quality players that were deemed to be too expensive, leaving a team that is consistently out of the playoff contention and doesn’t have a roster that figures to change that situation any time soon.
Masive changes have to happen, both in the front office and on the ice.

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Phoenix Has To Get It Right

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The first decision to be made in Phoenix must be the one regarding Gretzky. Sources say that he never really wanted to coach, but as the team’s most visible asset, his ownership partners leaned on him to become more involved. He wasn’t going to play again, and Barnett was in place as GM, so Gretzky had to coach.
But now that Barnett has gone, perhaps Gretzky should take over as GM.

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Yotes Clean House

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Phoenix Coyotes have gutted their management team.
General manager Mike Barnett, and Senior Executive and Vice President of Hockey Operations, Cliff Fletcher have been let go.

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Gretzky Wants Tocchet Back

from the Arizona Republic,

Wayne Gretzky wants Rick Tocchet to fill Barry Smith’s place on his coaching staff.
“That would be my choice, and I know the players would like it,” Gretzky said Tuesday after meeting with his players at Jobing.com Arena for the last time this season.
Gretzky did not elaborate, presumably because he is not really supposed to speak publicly about Tocchet, who still is on an unpaid leave of absence waiting to learn if the state of New Jersey is going to proceed with its investigation into an illegal gambling ring allegedly involving Tocchet.

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Dasvedanya, Barry?

from the Arizona Republic:

Coach Wayne Gretzky said Tuesday that he hopes associate coach Barry Smith does not pursue becoming the head coach of a Russian Elite League team and stays with the Coyotes beyond this season.
Smith confirmed recent Russian reports that stated a struggling St. Petersburg-based club made initial contact with him about possibly becoming its next head coach, but Smith said he isn’t negotiating with the team.
“I’m not trying to leave here by any means whatsoever,” Smith said. “They just made contact, which is nice.”

“I’ve talked to Barry at length and explained to him his importance to me and the organization,” Gretzky said. “I think it’s something he’s going to think about at the end of the year, but right now he’s definitely leaning towards coming back.”

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There’s a beauty quote of Barry discussing his acerbic style in the story…

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Phoenix Seeing Red

from the Arizona Republic,

The Phoenix Coyotes are seeing red this season. Lots of it.
CEO Jeff Shumway said Friday that the hockey franchise is expected to hemorrhage about $30 million this year, compounding severe financial losses the team has suffered in recent years.
But Shumway added that team owner Jerry Moyes knew the organization was in dire fiscal straits when he took majority control of it a year ago. And Moyes has remained committed to seeing the Coyotes succeed both on and off the ice.

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