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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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Colorado/Arizona Trade

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Kevin Connauton and a third-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Carl Soderberg.

 Connauton, 29, skated in 50 games for the Coyotes during the 2018-19 season, tallying eight points (1g/7a).   Selected by Vancouver in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Connauton has registered 76 points (27g/49a) in 310 career NHL games for the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and Coyotes.  The Edmonton, Alberta, native appeared in his 300th NHL contest this past Feb. 12 at Vegas.

 “I’d like to thank Carl for everything he has done for the Avalanche both on and off the ice,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic.  “This trade allows some of our young centermen to have a chance to play a more prominent role on our team while adding an experienced defenseman to our roster.”

 Connauton established career highs in games (73), goals (11) and points (21) with the Coyotes in 2017-18.  The 6-foot-2, 205-pound rearguard made his NHL debut with the Stars in 2013-14, dressing in 36 regular season games (1g/7a) and four playoff contests (0g/0a).  He was selected to the 2011-12 AHL All-Star Game with the Chicago Wolves in a season in which he had 33 points (13g/20a) in 73 games.  Prior to turning pro, Connauton was named to the WHL (West) First All-Star Team and Canadian Major Junior All-Rookie Team with the Vancouver Giants in 2009-10.

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Another Change Of Ownership Is Close For The Arizona Coyotes

from Craig Morgan of The Athletic,

Billionaire entrepreneur Alex Meruelo is in the advanced stages of purchasing a majority share of the Arizona Coyotes, league sources confirmed. If approved by a vote of the NHL Board of Governors, the sale would transfer a substantial majority stake in the team (percentage unknown) to Meruelo, with current owner Andrew Barroway retaining a small minority share.

With the two sides having ironed out several key material issues in the past two weeks, the vote is expected to be on the agenda at the NHL Board of Governors meeting on June 19 in Las Vegas, site of the annual NHL Awards show. Even if the Board of Governors approves the sale, however, a closing date may not come until later this summer.

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Playoff Run For The Arizona Coyotes Falls Just Short

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Arizona Coyotes have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh straight season. Only the Buffalo Sabres' eight-season drought is longer. But consider this:

Despite losing 377 man-games to injuries, the Coyotes were in the race until the last minute of the second period of their second-to-last game.

Not until the Colorado Avalanche ended regulation tied 2-2 with the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center on Thursday was Arizona eliminated; the Coyotes had a 3-1 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena at the time. The Avalanche went on to win 3-2 in overtime; the Coyotes went on to win 4-1.

The Coyotes (39-34-8) have won 10 more games and gotten 16 more points in the standings than they did last season with one game left, against the Jets at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

"It stings," general manager John Chayka said. "But I'm a big believer you learn more from your failures than you do your successes.

"But at the same time, I don't consider this a failure. I think it's a ton of progress. I'm proud of this group. I have a lot of respect for this group. They did a lot of great things this year.

"We're not finished. We're just getting started. That's how I view it. Got a lot of things to build off of, so just keep building."


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Playoff Hopes Fade For The Arizona Coyotes

from Richard Morin of azcentral,

In a season that has been defined by defying the odds and overcoming adversity, Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the last-place Los Angeles Kings simply provided too much for the Coyotes to handle.

The power play continued its vow of silence. The offense showed the same lack of finish it has displayed all season. And Darcy Kuemper, the chief reason the Coyotes are even still mathematically alive in the playoff race, went down with injury as the Kings stuck a dagger through Coyotes fans’ hearts.

“We were pressing,” Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet said after the game. “Obviously the power play was 0 for 6. We had some good looks; a couple guys had good looks. But we didn’t score, and obviously that’s been the tale this year is we’ve had a tough time scoring goals.”


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