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Friedman on early-season jitters

Among Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts":

There’s a GM who has one of the best lines I’ve ever heard about life in sports: “There are only two moods — winning and hell.”

In conversations over the last week, one theme stood out: This league is tense.

“Well, it’s always tense,” one executive laughed. “But even more than normal for this early.”

Various coaches, players, execs and media said they could see it in places like Arizona (winless after some good summer moves), Boston (injuries and a slow start, despite talented young players), Minnesota (injuries and expectation), Montreal (losses and intense local pressure), New York Rangers (roster in transition), Vancouver (attendance), Washington (organizational pressure) and Winnipeg (rough start before three straight wins).

Watching the Rangers’ last two games, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Alain Vigneault look so stressed. Until their young prospects — Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil — are ready, they’ll be thin at centre. And in the Metropolitan division, it’s very hard to win like that as Pittsburgh proved on Tuesday night.

I’m sure it’s similar in other sports, but one of the biggest changes over the years is the decrease in early-season optimism. It used to last 10 games. Not anymore. I’m not one to complain about the stresses of my job; I always think of Hyman Roth in Godfather II: “This is the business we’ve chosen.”

But pro sports takes its toll, and you can already see it.

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Examining the Arizona Coyotes’ situation

With all the chatter surrounding the Arizona Coyotes and their contentious relationship with the City of Glendale, someone who knows the situation has weighed in on it, and if you're truly interested in the Coyotes' future, Arizona Sports' Craig Morgan breaks down the situation in an even-handed manner:

Nobody is blameless in the latest war of words between the NHL, the Coyotes and the city of Glendale — a conflict at least eight years old that has drawn state lawmakers into the fray.

The hard truth for the team is that it has produced four winning seasons, three playoffs berths and two playoff series wins in 13 seasons in the West Valley location that welcomed it when nobody else would. Winning sells in any market, but it’s especially important in one as fickle as Phoenix. Repetitive losing is an unwise investment of fans’ dollars and emotions.

In 13 seasons in Glendale, the Coyotes have endured poor ownership from Steve Ellman and Jerry Moyes, coaching from Wayne Gretzky, poor drafts, poor development of those draft picks, poor management from general manager Mike Barnett, an attempt by Moyes to put the team into bankruptcy in 2009, four years of frugal league ownership. There’s also been an endless and sometimes comical carousel of ownership suitors from Jim Balsillie, Matthew Hulsizer and Jerry Reinsdorf, to Greg Jamison and Darin Pastor (remember him?).

There was a protracted sale to IceArizona, some missteps by the new and inexperienced ownership group, and now a long-needed rebuild whose architects are suffering in the shadows cast by their predecessors. The past is haunting the Coyotes, even if none of its current actors is responsible for it.

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Coyotes’ Peter Holland fined for punching Ondrej Palat

From the NHL's Department of Player Safety:

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Shane Doan scores his 400th goal in his 1,500th game

Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan scored his 400th goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday:

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Arizona, Florida make Bolland-and-Crouse trade official

From the Florida Panthers..

Florida Panthers Acquire Two Picks from Arizona

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the Club has acquired two draft picks from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse.

Florida will receive a 2017 third round draft pick and, subject to trade conditions, either Arizona's 2018 second round draft pick or an additional 2017 third round draft pick.

“Steve Werier and Eric Joyce have been working the phones with Arizona for the past few weeks and came to Dale and I late last night with what they felt was a fair return for the cap, contract space and picks we received. Today’s transaction creates significant cap space for us in each of the next three NHL seasons, while simultaneously giving us the ability to add more good, young players to a farm system we know we need to improve,” said General Manager Tom Rowe. "We plan to use this cap space to continue to aggressively build on the steps we took this summer to construct a championship-caliber roster here in South Florida today and well into the future."

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All about Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka

From the Associated Press:

His time on the ice done, John Chayka would turn to the tape, spending up to 25 hours to break down the game just played.

He tracked every player on the ice, every possession, touch of the puck, calculating the impact of every decision or movement on the ice.

The attention to detail, to making himself and his teammates better, led Chayka to co-found his own hockey analytics company. Now it's helped him become the youngest general manager in NHL history, a meteoric rise even he didn't see coming.

''It would be silly to suggest it wasn't a little surprising,'' said Chayka, named GM of the Arizona Coyotes on May 5. ''It's like anything in life; good fortune, good timing, a lot of that plays into it. I always just try to better myself every day, learn every day.''

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Max Domi optimistic about Coyotes’ playoff chances

From TSN:

The Coyotes finished the regular season 35-39-8, fourth in the Pacific Division and nine points out of the final wild card playoff spot. [Max] Domi believes the team is ready to take the next step and reach the postseason for the first time since 2012.

“There’s no reason we can’t,” said Domi. “We came out of the gates pretty hot this year and we beat some high-end teams but when the nitty gritty comes down to it, you gotta be able to win after the All-Star break — that’s when it really matters. Finding a way to find that consistency and manage that throughout an 82-game season will be pretty clutch for us and there’s no reason we can’t do it.”

The Coyotes promising start last season included opening 13-9-1 and a 24-20-5 record at the All-Star break. However, the young team limped to the finish line with an 11-19-3 record in their final 33 games to end the year.

Sensing a need for help blueline, Coyotes general manager John Chayka added defencemen Alex Goligoski and Luke Schenn during the off-season, two players Domi believes will have an immediate impact on the team.

“It’s amazing,” Domi said of the additions. “I mean our D core is pretty solid. Goligoski is unbelievable, I had to play against him quite a bit when he was in Dallas and Luke Schenn, I watched him when he was with the Leafs and played against him a little bit this year too in L.A. Both of those guys are going to be outstanding and the other new guys we got are going to be awesome too.”

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Coyotes ink Michael Stone, Connor Murphy to new deals

From the Phoenix Coyotes, first...

Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Michael Stone to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

We are very happy to have Michael back," said Chayka. "He had a breakthrough year for us last season and we are confident that he will fully recover from his injury and that he will play an important role for us."

The 26-year-old Stone registered 6-30-36 with 62 PIM in 75 games with the Coyotes last season and has collected 23-64-87 in 279 career NHL games. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native set career-highs in points and assists and led the team with 143 blocked shots last season.

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Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Connor Murphy to a six-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are extremely pleased to sign Connor to a long-term contract," said Chayka. "At only 23, Connor has established himself as a very good NHL defenseman. He's a great skater, a fierce competitor and he has an excellent work ethic. We look forward to him taking the next step and having him on our blue line for many years to come."

The 23-year-old Murphy registered 6-11-17 with 48 PIM in 78 games with the Coyotes in 2015-16 and has collected 11-21-32 in 181 career NHL games. Last season, the Dublin, Ohio native set career-highs in goals, assists and points and finished second on the team with 175 hits and 139 blocked shots.

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Arizona Coyotes sign Alex Goligoski

This was a bit of a slow dance, but it got done:

added 1:18 a.m.,

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Saturday Headlines: On the John Scott trade, Ducks trade talk and more

Among Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman's Saturday Headlines:

  • The John Scott trade to Montreal was legitimate in that Coyotes GM Don Maloney wanted Jared Tinordi badly and were afraid that the deal with the Canadiens would fall apart, so they didn't wait 3 weeks to make the deal, and Scott was the "only player who could go" back to Montreal in the trade;
  • Cox states that the Canadiens got $200,000 in cap relief and a player in Nashville's Victor Bartley, who the Canadiens believe may actually contribute to their blueline;
  • The NHL offered Scott the opportunity to go to the All-Star Game as a paid family vacation, but he's not responded, and Scott isn't sure whether he's going to bow out;
  • Cox states that Pittsburgh and Anaheim made the Hagelin-for-Perron-and-Clendening deal at 3:15 AM Saturday morning, and Cox says that the Penguins are taking on 3 more years at $4 million for Hagelin, and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford still believes that his team will contend, while the Ducks' trade...makes people wonder if the Ducks are setting themselves up to trade for Jonathan Drouin;
  • Friedman says that the Ducks' Simon Despres and Cam Fowler may generate trade interest, as will the balance of their blueline;
  • Flames defenseman Kris Russell is generating interest, too, but the Flames still want to attempt to re-sign Russell;
  • Eric Staal is "still in limbo," and his agent, Rick Curran, will try to clarify his client's situation;
  • And Friedman says that the Kings still want to sign Milan Lucic to an extension if at all possible.

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Kudos for Coyotes

Among TSN's Scott Cullen's "Top 10 Storylines of the Week":

HOT START IN THE DESERT

A team that was expected to finish at the bottom of the standings coming into the year, the Arizona Coyotes have opened the season by winning three of four games.

The biggest excitement comes from rookie wingers Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, who have combined to score seven of the team’s 13 goals.

Other difference-makers include veteran centre Martin Hanzal, who has seven assists, and goaltender Mike Smith, who has a .953 save percentage.

While none of this early production appears to be remotely sustainable, a hot Mike Smith could make a major difference. For example, the difference between Smith’s 2011-2012 season, when he had a career-high .930 save percentage, and last season, when he had a .904 save percentage, was approximately a 55-goal difference according to Hockey Reference.

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Devan Dubnyk returns to the place where he ‘got his mind and his pads right’

TwinCities.com's Marino Eccher reports that Devan Dubnyk is returning to Arizona as a member of the Minnesota Wild this evening, and while Dubnyk will be opposing his former team in the nets, Dubnyk is very grateful for his time spent with the Coyotes:

"I attribute a lot of (my) success last year to the way the guys there, the coaches, the organization, brought me in and were excited to have me there," Dubnyk said. "I wasn't a damaged project that they were trying to resurrect."

For most players, half a season as a pretty good goalie for a pretty bad team would be nothing to stick in the scrapbook. For Dubnyk, coming off a year in which he teetered on the brink of minor league oblivion, "that's exactly what I needed."

He got his mind and his pads right, with the aid of goaltending coach Sean Burke. He made friends; a handful of teammates, including fellow netminder Mike Smith, spent a week in the offseason playing golf with him in Europe.

"It just felt like I'd been part of that team for a long time," he said.

The good vibes aren't lost on Wild coach Mike Yeo -- nor is the running start Dubnyk got on his stunning finish in Minnesota last season.

"I know he's grateful to them and what they did for him," Yeo said. "Clearly, he was on top of his game before he came to us last season. Certainly he elevated it to a new level, and what he did with us was very special. But he had a good start to the season and played good hockey for them last season."

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Anthony Duclair registers a hat trick

Anthony Duclair scored a hat trick in the Arizona Coyotes' 4-0 win over Anaheim last night:

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‘Around the league’ from ESPN

Of note from ESPN's morning "3 on 3":

AROUND THE LEAGUE

• How about Michal Neuvirth? The Philadelphia Flyers goaltender made 30 saves en route to a 3-0 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. It was Neuvirth's second consecutive shutout. He made 31 saves in a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Monday. His biggest save Wednesday came when he stoned the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa on a breakaway to secure Philadelphia's 1-0 lead. For all the years the Flyers struggled with their goaltending, Neuvirth seems like he could be the answer.

• The Ottawa Senators trounced the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, and Columbus should be a lot better than 0-4. They proved it last season with a strong finish, but the 2015-2016 season has begun with a major skid that is cause for concern.

• It was an interesting night all around the NHL on Wednesday, including a shocking development in the West with that stunning Coyotes shutout of the Ducks. Arizona rookie Anthony Duclair recorded his first career hat trick, while goaltender Mike Smith has returned to form and made 37 saves en route to the shutout win.

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The Lidstrom generation of defensemen, headlined by ‘OEL’

From NHL.com's Tim Wharnsby:

They're everywhere in the NHL these days, young Swedish defensemen who have been influenced by Nicklas Lidstrom, the legendary Detroit Red Wings defenseman.

Back when Peter Forsberg was at his best, most young hockey players from Sweden wanted to be like him, a forward. But then Lidstrom started collecting Stanley Cup titles and Norris Trophy wins and Olympic gold, and that all changed.

"You look around the League and see all the young [Swedish] defensemen," Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "When you grew up in Sweden before Nicklas became the player he was, everybody wanted to be a forward. When he played his best, the most skilled guys back home wanted to be like him and play defense. Our best players are defensemen."

Now there is Victor Hedman in Tampa Bay, John Klingberg in Dallas, Jonas Brodin in Minnesota, Hampus Lindholm in Anaheim, Adam Larsson in New Jersey, Mattias Ekholm in Nashville.

There are also a couple dandies in Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes.

Ekman-Larsson led all NHL defensemen with 23 goals last season, two more than Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner. Lidstrom had the record for most goals by a Swedish defenseman in a season at 20. But then Ekman-Larsson and Karlsson zoomed on by.

"Every D-man who comes from Sweden has watched him play," Ekman-Larsson, 24, said. "He was my idol growing up and he's the reason I started to play 'D.'

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Shane Doan excited about Arizona’s 15-16 season outlook

Via Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien, Shane Doan spoke with Fox Sports Arizona's Craig Morgan on Wednesday evening, and Doan is excited about the Coyotes' outlook for the upcoming season:

[They] did bring back Doan's close friend, center Antoine Vermette, re-signed defenseman Zbynek Michalek, signed forwards Brad Richardson and Steve Downie and traded for defenseman Nicklas Grossman. With more room in the budget, it is clear that ownership has loosened the purse strings a bit in an effort to avoid a repeat of last season's collapse.

"We made a lot of moves this summer, and all of them were for legitimate, really good NHL players," Doan said. "I think it is everyone's goal again to put ourselves in a position where we can see good things happening. There's no question we're going to have to get back to that old pack mentality where everybody is chipping in. We need some young guys to step up, and we need some old guys to step up, but you look at Calgary and how they turned it around, and it gives you hope."

Doan said he has no plans to waive his no-move clause and request a trade in the final year of his contract. He also said he wants to keep playing beyond this year.

"I always want to approach it that way until I know I'm done," he said. "I'd like to have a good year. If I feel I can still help the team and they still want me, we can go from there."

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More of the same Coyote-relocation-talk wackiness via ‘ridiculous and irresponsible’ story

So I'm working the late shift on Free Agent Eve for Paul, and I come across this baffling story from the New York Post's
Josh Kosman
...

Sin City is getting hockey, two sources close to the situation told The Post.

The NHL is arranging the sale of the Arizona Coyotes to billionaire William Foley who will move the team to Las Vegas giving it its first major professional franchise, one source said.

Uh, Foley wants his own franchise...

“Las Vegas has reached 10,000 season ticket deposits,” enough to justify a franchise, the other source said.

That's not what the NHL suggested.

Foley said in January that he needed 10,000 ticket deposits to get an NHL team.

Yes, that's true, but the principals in the story are issuing simple denials...

A Coyotes spokesman said, “The Coyotes are committed to playing in Arizona.” When asked for how long, the spokesman reiterated it was committed to playing in Arizona. “Period.” Arizona last year ranked 28th in attendance.

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The NHL denied the story.

And as you might expect, the NHL is not happy with this fluffernutter...

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City of Glendale votes to terminate lease agreement with Coyotes; Yotes respond in kind

As such, from the Arizona Coyotes:

Coyotes Issue Statement Regarding City of Glendale's Arena Lease Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc issued the following statement following tonight’s Glendale City Council meeting.

"We are disappointed with the city's decision to violate its obligations under the agreement that was entered into and duly approved only two years ago. We will exhaust any and all legal remedies against the city of Glendale for this blatant violation of its contractual obligations to us."

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Things may get litigious between the Coyotes and Glendale, AZ

Oh, dear. This comes from the Phoenix Coyotes:

Coyotes Statement Regarding City of Glendale Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- In response to the posting issued this evening by the City of Glendale of a special meeting of council tomorrow to explore the possibility of canceling the professional management services and arena lease agreement between the City of Glendale and IceArizona, Nick Wood, of the Law Firm Snell & Wilmer, outside counsel for the Arizona Coyotes issued the following statement:

“This is a blatant attempt to renege on a valid contract that was negotiated fairly and in good faith and in compliance with all laws and procedures. In the event the City Council initiates any action to revoke, repeal or otherwise rescind the agreement, the Coyotes will immediately take all actions available to them under the law against the City of Glendale.”

Coyotes Co-owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc added, “This action by the City of Glendale is completely ludicrous, especially in light of the fact that myself and Andrew Barroway visited with the City yesterday and the particulars of this were never raised. In fact, we to this moment have not been advised of this other than the notification on the City website. The City of Glendale is displaying a complete lack of good faith, business acumen or an understanding of a business partnership. We want to reassure our great fans that the Arizona Coyotes are committed to Glendale and playing at Gila River Arena.”

added 7:58am 6/10/15, from Elliottel Friedman of Sportnet,

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Garrioch discusses Jagr trade fallout and the ‘tanking’ Yotes

Among the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's weekly trade rumors and scoops:

There will be plenty of eyes on Florida after the Panthers waged their future with two draft picks at the deadline to get veteran winger Jaromir Jagr from New Jersey to try to make a push for the playoffs. Florida is about to come up short again and don't be surprised if former Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero lands in the organization in some capacity. He has a close relationship with Panthers' executive chairman.

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You have to give the Coyotes credit because going into Saturday's action they had a legitimate shot of getting the best odds (20%) of winning the draft lottery. Because Coyotes GM Don Maloney did a teardown at the deadline by dealing the likes of forward Antoine Vermette (Chicago) along with defencemen Keith Yandle (Rangers) and Zbynek Michalek (St. Louis) and goalie Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota), Arizona is in a position to get a strong pick. On March 2, the Coyotes were four points ahead of the Sabres with 47. You have to wonder how much Arizona wants to improve next year because 2016 top prospect Austin Matthews, who is with the U.S. national team development program, is from the Coyotes' backyard and would be a huge get. Captain Shane Doan has always maintained he doesn't want to go anywhere but this could be a test of resolve.

Garrioch continues, discussing the possibility of Las Vegas being awarded an NHL team this year, the World Cup's "Young Guns" team, the Olympics and Todd McLellan...

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Sabres, Coyotes’ tanking could yield change in draft lottery

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch offers his usual amount of rumors in a Sunday column discussing scoops from around the league, but on an evening that even the New York Times profiled Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Garrioch's most interesting tidbit involves the "TankGate" situation. According to Garrioch, the league is pretty peeved by the Sabres and Coyotes' rather blatant attempts to finish lowest in the league:

“It’s embarrassing,” a league executive said.

The battle for No. 1 pick Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters has been one that teams have been watching all season. For the most part, the Sabres have been sitting in last place, but once the Coyotes cleared the deck at the trade deadline they’ve really gone downhill.

“You can’t blame the teams involved because there is a reward for failure and that’s the highest odds in the lottery,” said the executive. “Maybe you need to change the lottery to give all the teams that miss the playoffs an even chance at the No. 1 pick, or not weight it so much. Who knows?”

The league did change the lottery that gives the team that finishes last only a 20% chance at the No. 1 pick so there has been a major move. Now, they can’t fall below No. 2 so if they don’t win it’s not that big a loss. Perhaps, the league needs to take a second look.

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Simmons talks Norris and Hart trophy candidates

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' mostly Maple Leaf and/or Toronto-centric Sunday sports notes:

Mark Giordano’s season-ending injury has complicated voting for the Norris Trophy. Somehow, between Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, the alleged embellisher P.K. Subban, Ryan McDonagh, the re-emerging Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith, it’s a tough ballot to figure out. Said a pro scout: “If I’m voting the first half of the season, I’m voting Giordano. If I’m voting the second half, I’m taking Karlsson. He’s back skating like he was before injury. But if I’m voting for the whole season, Weber is the pick. He does everything well."

The Minnesota Wild are 14 games over .500 with Devan Dubnyk in goal and nine games under .500 in games he hasn’t played. The Coyotes were two games over .500 in games Dubnyk played in Arizona and are now 31 games under .500 without him. Can you say Hart Trophy candidate — just after Carey Price?

Mike Santorelli has been a disaster in Nashville thus far: He has one assist in 14 games with the Predators. No doubt he’s regretting walking away from that multi-year offer in Toronto.

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Garrioch discusses St. Louis, Jagr, trades-that-worked and a college UFA of note

Amongst the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's trade-and-rumor talk for this Sunday, from a column which begins by discussing the Connor McDavid sweepstakes:

Rangers winger Martin St. Louis may be a UFA on July 1 and doesn't have a contract but don't be surprised if at some point he re-signs with the club. The Rangers have cap so you'd think if they do sign St. Louis the deal will be structured with attainable goals for games-played. When he left the Tampa Bay Lightning last year at the trade deadline, St. Louis only only wanted to go to the Rangers. It would be hard to believe he'd want to move on this juncture.

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Florida GM Dale Tallon took a gamble at the deadline acquiring winger Jaromir Jagr from the Devils in exchange for two draft picks. The Panthers remain on the outside looking in for the final wild-card spot and need a strong push down the stretch plus some help to make it to the post-season. Jagr went into Saturday's game vs. the Bruins with a 2-5-7 points in nine games with Florida ... According to a league executive, here are some deadline acquisitions that have worked out well: Winger Drew Stafford and defenceman Tyler Myers (Buffalo) have both played well in Winnipeg; Forward Curtis Glencross (Calgary) has made an impact for the Capitals and Chris Stewart (Buffalo) has picked up some points for the Wild ... Keep an eye on Colgate forward Tyler Baun. He's getting plenty of attention from NHL scouts. Chicago GM Stan Bowman along with representatives from Colorado, Toronto, Philly and the Rangers were in Lake Placid Friday at the ECAC championships to watch Baun play ... Lots of people wonder if Arizona (don't call me Phoenix) Coyotes coach Dave Tippett will be back behind the bench next season? He's a lot better coach when goalie Mike Smith stops the puck.

Garrioch continues, discussing the All-Star Game format, the Sharks' issues and unrestricted free agent-to-be goalies...

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Garrioch discusses the Coyotes, Fisher and the Blues’ Hitch-up

Of the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's numerous Sunday hockey notes, these struck me as the most interesting and intriguing:

You have to wonder about the future of the Arizona Coyotes when the five-year out clause expires. The owners group already have piled up $34 million in losses and $50 million in four years is the point where the club can exercise a move. No, this news isn't stunning, but it's no wonder Andrew Barroway, who took over the Coyotes in January, pushed for a rebuild.

The Predators already have opened talks with UFA C Mike Fisher and he likely isn't going anywhere, but if he does go to market he's going to have something to think about. "There'd be strong offers for him," said a league executive Friday. Not only is Fisher hard-nosed, he's got good offensive skills and can help a team win. Turns out he has been an excellent fit in the West since being dealt to Nashville by the Senators but even if Fisher gets to free agency there's not much chance he's leaving the Predators.

St. Louis could be a hotspot in the off-season if they don't get past the first round. The Blues are on a collision course to face the Chicago Blackhawks and that never has turned out very well in the past. Coach Ken Hitchcock has done an excellent job, however, he has to start getting results in the post-season. If he doesn't, then it's quite possible there could be a change behind the bench.

Garrioch continues, discussing Nazem Kadri, the Sharks, Ted Nolan and the Devils...

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Yandle, Summers to New York Rangers for Duclair, John Moore, 2016 1st round pick

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Garrioch talks Yandle, Sharp and the Blues

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's second-to-last trade column of the pre-deadline season dovetails nicely with Sportsnet's Cox and Friedman's Headlines and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline's most recent Tweets about the Bruins having interest in Cam Atkinson. So:

Talks have heated up for Arizona defenceman Keith Yandle because teams see the possibility they can have him for two playoff runs before he becomes a UFA. There’s a belief the Detroit Red Wings, who have been looking for a blueliner all year, are making a hard push on Yandle because he fits the bill to what they’re looking at ... Don’t scoff at those rumours about Chicago centre Patrick Sharp being available. Sure, they’ve been denied in the past, but teams are certainly talking about him and there’s a belief the Capitals are the ones pushing the buttons of Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman to see if they can entice him to make a deal. Sharp’s name is out there. A Sharp deal might make sense in the summer, especially with Patrick Kane gone for three months, but if the Hawks are listening they’re going to have plenty of interest. Sharp would be the kind of guy Ottawa GM Bryan Murray would show interest because he fits the bill of what the Senators want in a top-six forward.

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St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong is in the category where he’d like to do something before the deadline. It might not be anything major, but the Blues wouldn’t mind adding some forward depth. He made a tour through the New York area last week which had people buzzing. While there are still those who wonder about the club’s goaltending, it appears St. Louis will go into the playoffs with Brian Elliott and give him the chance to prove himself last year after the experiment to get Ryan Miller didn’t work last year. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of pressure and expectations on Armstrong to get past the first round this spring and that’s why the name of centre Patrik Berglund is out there. The issue is he has two years left at $3.7 million and teams aren’t big on term.

Garrioch continues, discussing Curtis Glencross, Atkinson, Erik Cole and the Senators' blueliners...

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Pre-trade deadline ‘headlines’ from Cox and Friedman

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Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.

Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.

Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.

According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;

Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;

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Coyotes’ co-owner tells Kevin Allen that the team isn’t engaging in a full rebuild

Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney made quite the headlines after he suggested that just about every player on his team save Oliver Ekman-Larsson might be pried away from his team via trade offers, so it's not that surprising that Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc took a very different tack while speaking with USA Today's Kevin Allen:

"I would love to see (coach) Dave Tippett's reaction if someone said, 'You focus on attempting to lose,'" Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc told USA TODAY Sports. "You would watch his head explode."

Players will be moved before the March 2 trade deadline, LeBlanc said, and those deals will be done to improve the team as quickly as possible, not to improve its draft status in what is considered a strong draft year.

"I don't think we need to go from the chassis up," LeBlanc said. "We have those really good solid pieces in the young talent we have on the team. … A complete rebuild is when you knock it down and begin again, and we don't need to do that. We just need to layer in some other pieces that fit better."

The Coyotes, 20-27-7 entering Tuesday, are on their way to their first losing season since 2008-09, though they had gone 4-2-2 since the All-Star break.

"We think this team is better than what our record is," LeBlanc said. "But we are on our way to our third consecutive year of missing the playoffs, and that is simply not good enough."

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Garrioch discusses the Coyotes’ fire sale and Anaheim’s attempts to snag Myers

A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is  on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:

In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.

For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.

For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.

Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.

“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”

Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:

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Garrioch: Coyotes to shed assets as part of ‘retooling’

According to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, the Arizona Coyotes are preparing to "retool" in earnest, and that means something of a trade deadline sell-off:

Centre Antoine Vermette: A UFA on July 1, he likely won’t be re-signed which means he’ll be moved. Three teams looking to bulk up for a playoff run — Chicago, Montreal and Boston — would be interested in Vermette. He’ll cash in next summer with a contract of more than $6 million per season and could benefit from a long playoff run. The asking price will depend on how good a prospect the buyer is willing to give up.

Defenceman Keith Yandle: He has one year left before free agency, but he’ll be looking for a big raise from his $5.25-million cap hit. He has one year left at $5.75 million and plenty of teams are looking for help on the blueline. The Stars, Ducks, Wings and Canucks may have an interest in Yandle.

Expect UFA defenceman Zbynek Michalek and winger Martin Erat also to get moved before the deadline. There will be debate about captain Shane Doan, but he has one year left with a cap hit of $5.3 million and would have to approve any move. That doesn’t make sense, you have to keep some pieces in place and Doan is the face of the franchise.

Garrioch continues, and somehow, this doesn't surprise me:

The NHL approved those flashy jerseys Team (Nick) Foligno and Team (Jonathan) Toews will wear at next weekend’s all-star game in Columbus. The word is league officials have been surprised by what’s been a largely negative reaction to the look.

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Do the Bruins need Yandle to reinvigorate their game?

The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa spends quite a bit of his Sunday notebook discussing the Toronto Maple Leafs' mess and their need to rebuild around Phil Kessel--a little contrary to the "wisdom" coming out of Toronto these days (and I'm sorry, Leaf fans, Kessel has all the social graces of a perpetually angry 5-year-old, but he's the best player you've got)--but I do believe that he's the first person to make this suggestion:

There is no secret to playing the Bruins. Opponents have identified that panic sets in if they forecheck aggressively and get in the Bruins’ faces. On defense, the Bruins don’t have the personnel to retrieve pucks quickly and shuttle them forward before they’re picking the backs of their heads out of the glass.

The Bruins are indeed slow-footed if they're not the ones smashing their opponents on the forecheck.

Of their regular six-pack, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug are the best at moving the puck. When he’s not skittish, Matt Bartkowski does the job, too. But it’s too easy for other teams to slam down hard, eliminate the D-to-D pass, and hound the Bruins below the dots. No club can succeed when it’s under assault behind the goal line.

By next season, Joe Morrow might be ready for full-time NHL work. He’s not enough. The Bruins need at least one more defenseman who can move the puck with poise.

With Arizona rebuilding, GM Don Maloney is listening on everyone, including Keith Yandle. The Bruins would have to send Krug the other way, along with maybe another young roster player, a pick, and a prospect. They’d also have to clear out cash. Neither is easy to do.

Shinzawa continues, and as this is KK hockey, I (George) will refrain from adding a .gif of someone raising a middle finger regarding Mr. Shinzawa's "good on the NHL for fining Gustav Nyquist" line.

The second infraction was a dive, but the first wasn't--and I think it's pretty pathetic that the NHL's far more concerned with having its referees determine if a player's embellishing than, you know, calling the obstruction, interference, moving picks, tackles, seals and sit-on-him moves that have become commonplace again in a clutchier, grabbier NHL than we've seen since the 04-05 season mercifully ended with Calgary unable to all but literally rope down John Tortorella's Lightning.

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Simmons: The Leafs’ management whiffed on the comparative coach-hiring process

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notebook is quite good, and it includes another take on Phil Kessel's worth, a note about the "analytics department" teams' coaching records (with an emphasis on "coaches," plural), and a great quip from Randy Carlyle about the coach-critiquing business, but given Carlyle's status and the Maple Leafs' desire to hire a head coach after this season, this seems like the most appropriate place to start:

[Mike] Babcock is a pending free agent who wants big money and a big opportunity to win wherever he ends up coaching next hockey season — assuming he leaves Detroit, which isn’t in any way certain.

The Leafs can offer up money. They can’t guarantee contender status.

That leaves the Leafs open to playing a different waiting game of sorts. Rather than wait for the available free agent, they will monitor the list of those who potentially could be out of work at season’s end.

High on their list of candidates are Todd McLellan in San Jose and Dave Tippett in Arizona. Should either of those coaches be let go, the Leafs would likely act quickly. The same is certainly true in St. Louis, should Ken Hitchcock’s Blues be eliminated again in the first round of the playoffs and a change be made there. And the least likely candidate is Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim, a Leafs lover who has had a history of terrific regular seasons and not-so-terrific post seasons.

This much is obvious: The Leafs had little interest in Barry Trotz and Peter Laviolette, who have gone into Washington and Nashville and made an immediate impact. The internal belief was Randy Carlyle was equal to, if not better than, either of those coaches.

Should the Caps and Predators qualify for the post-season and the Leafs fall short, that decision by club president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Dave Nonis will have proven, if it hasn’t already, to be incorrect.

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Garrioch delivers holiday trade rumors

The NHL's roster freeze may be in effect until December 27th, but the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch brings trade rumor gifts to the hockey holiday tree via his Sunday column.

First, Garrioch discusses Nick Foligno's future with the Columbus Blue Jackets given his point-per-game form...

Making $3.08 million in the final year of his contract, some wonder if a five-year, $25-million deal would get it done for Foligno. Probably not — the thinking is he’d be able to eclipse that number on the lucrative free-agent market.

You have to think Foligno is looking at the seven-year, $36.75-million deal that David Clarkson signed with the Leafs at $5.25 million per season in 2013-14 as a benchmark. The Jackets aren’t sure if Nathan Horton will ever return from his back issues, so they want to keep Foligno badly.

These quips aren't surprising...

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Martin Hanzal’s elbow on Erik Johnson: is it a matter of player culpability?

One injury, two very differen takes. Again, via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian, this time it's Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal hitting Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, and the Coyotes' announcers are more critical of the hit than the Avs' announcers:

Does Johnson leaning down on the follow-through of his shot = "Well Martin Hanzal is so strong..." and an unintentional elbow, well, shit happens?

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Garrioch on the Canes, Yandle and…Oshie?

The Carolina Hurricanes earned their first victory of the 2014-15 season in their 9th game, defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-0 on Saturday, and given their issues, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch kicked off his weekly rumor roundup discussing Ron Francis' challenges in attempting to right his sinking ship before it becomes a McDavid-Eichel lottery team:

With four years left at $7 million per-season, the underachieving Alexander Semin was a healthy scratch against the Arizona (don’t call me Phoenix) Coyotes on Saturday. The Canes would love to deal him but there’s no interest.

Naturally, the name of captain Eric Staal is going to be front and centre in all of this because there are several teams interested, not the least of which is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Defenceman Andrej Sekera, who had 44 points last season and is making $2.75 million, will be highly sought after and will easily find a new home.

Garrioch also reports that the Keith Yandle Trade Rumor Mill is sputtering to life, as it usually does at this time of year...

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Coyotes sell majority share to Andrew Barroway

From the Phoenix Coyotes:

AGREEMENT REACHED FOR ANDREW BARROWAY TO BECOME MAJORITY OWNER OF THE COYOTES

Friday, October 10, 2014

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today an agreement to sell 51 percent of the Arizona Coyotes franchise to Andrew Barroway. The sale and ownership transfer is subject to approval by the NHL's Board of Governors. Once the transaction has been approved and closing has occurred, Barroway will begin to serve as the Coyotes Chairman and Governor.

"This is truly a dream come true for me and my family," said Barroway. "I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity of a lifetime and look forward to working and solidifying a strong partnership with the Club's current ownership group.

"As a group we are committed to serving our fans with a new level of excellence and our collective goal is to put a competitive team on the ice every season and, one day, win the Stanley Cup."

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Arizona Coyotes kind-of-sort-of confirm Barroway courtship

The Arizona Coyotes aren't exactly thrilled with the New York Post's Larry Brooks' report that the team's being sold to rejected Islanders bidder Andrew Barroway, but instead of denying the report, the team's suggesting that an investor may "join" the ownership group:

COYOTES STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes issued the following statement today:

"In response to media reports today, the Arizona Coyotes can confirm that IceArizona has been in discussions with an unsolicited potential investor who is interested in joining the partnership. This should be viewed as an incredibly positive development and is due to the successful first year of IceArizona's ownership. This is all about the long-term stability and viability of the franchise in Arizona. By no means are any members of the current IceArizona group departing the ownership. While there has been no confirmation of any transaction, this is something that the current ownership group is exploring."

The Coyotes will have no further comment at this time.

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A quartet of Twitter-worthy stories

If you don't follow Paul on Twitter, you should for many reasons, including the fact that he posts a significant amount of content that doesn't quite make blog standards, generally because it's more "talk" than "news" (and we want you to get the news here on KK, not the fluffernutter). Three of those kinds stories follow:

1. Tomas Kaberle is 36, he posted a less-than-enthralling 4 goals, 20 assists and a -8 in 48 games with HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga this past season (and 3 assists and a -5 in 5 games for the Czech Olympic team; I'm not sure if the pass-first-past-second-and-pass-third defenseman ever shoots the puck), but he showed up at Biosteel Sports' pro camp in Toronto on Monday, and in addition to reminiscing upon his time spent in Toronto, Kaberle told the National Post's Michael Traikos that he's got a try-out deal in the works...

“It’s not in Ontario,” Kaberle said Monday at the BioSteel Pro Hockey Camp at St. Michael’s College. “I’m planning to stay around here if possible, so we’ll see what’s going to happen in the next few weeks.”

Kaberle discussed his decision to spend a year with his hometown team...

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Shoalts: NHL’s deal with Rogers, ‘Stadium Series’ success = an ‘extra’ $150 million in revenue

According to the Globe and Mail's David Shoalts, Rogers Communications is worrying that it overpaid for its Canadian TV-and-internet rights package, but the NHL discovered that the first payment from Rogers and strong performances by the outdoor games held this past season yielded an extra $150 million in revenue for the league:

Thanks to another run of prosperity after the NHL settled its labour problems 18 months ago, [NHL commissioner Gary] Bettman was able to tell the owners there will be a little extra in their piggy banks for the coming season. Each of the 30 teams will get an unexpected $5-million (all currency U.S.) thanks to the success of the league’s Stadium Series and the first payment by Rogers Communications Inc., on its $5.2-billion, 12-year broadcast deal. That is a total of $150-million in cheques mailed out this summer.

The Stadium Series was the four outdoor games played last season in addition to the existing Winter Classic and Heritage Classic. They were added for a revenue boost following the 2012-13 lockout and paid off nicely for the NHL despite fears the league was flirting with killing the golden goose.

Shoalts continues and explains how these revenues will effect the NHLPA going forward (as you already know, the NHLPA chose to accept a $69 million salary cap instead of pushing for a $70-71 million cap to minimize escrow withholdings after surrendering significant portions of their paychecks to the league during the 2013 and 13-14 seasons):

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Afternoon line(s): not-so-major signings and…a trade show!

We haven't had this kind of day in a long time. It's the middle of July, officially, and while the Wings named their assistant coach and the Predators signed Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro, the balance of the day's stories have played out as follows:

The NHL also sent out this press release:

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Tampa Bay keeps wheeling and dealing

As Paul noted, the Tampa Bay Lightning went and snagged Sam Gagner from the Edmonton Oilers for Teddy Purcell, sending Purcell's $4.5 million cap hit to Edmonton for Gagner's $4.8 million deal (all figures from Capgeek). Then the Bolts flipped Gagner to the Arizona Coyotes (who were likely looking to replace the behaviorally-challenged Mike Ribeiro), and shuffled B.J. Corombeen's $1.15 million salary off to Arizona as well, receiving all of a sixth-round draft pick in return.

Then, while some of you were sleeping, the Lightning made another trade, sending (per Sportsnet) Nate Thompson and his $1.6 million cap hit to Anaheim for a 6th-round pick.

The team did bring in Jason Garrison's $4.6 million cap hit during the first day of the draft, but it looks like the Lightning are trying to do something big, but ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports that there be cap weirdness afoot:

This stuff happened so quickly that even Capgeek hasn't had a chance to catch up, but the Bolts have a little short of $9 million in cap space now. Who are they going after? Sportsnet's Chris Johnston believes it might be a familiar name...

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Matheson weighs in on Babcock, Ovechkin, PK’s payday, Caps GM talk and top prospects

I kind of "stole" the prime quotes from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column for my Malik Report overnight entry, but I smiled broadly and nearly laughed out loud form the Blog Cave while reading Holland tell Matheson the same dang thing--almost word for word--that Babcock's been repeating to journalists and radio talk show hosts who can't or won't believe that Babcock will remain with Detroit when he can coach anywhere he wants after his contract's up a summer from now:

“I don’t believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence … I believe he’s happy in Detroit, but there are options,” said Holland, whose contract is also up next July, but will certainly get a new one from owner Mike Ilitch.

Holland has got the Red Wings into the playoffs in each of his 17 seasons. There were three Stanley Cup championships in 1998, 2002 and 2008, plus a Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

Late-season rallies were required to keep a 23-year playoff streak alive while the Red Wings integrated lots of young players — Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurko, Danny DeKeyser — into the lineup each of the last two years.

“Two years ago, we won our last four games to get into the playoffs. This year, we got in again (despite a terrible run of injuries),” said Holland. “Mike’s a tremendous coach, if not the best coach in the league, then one of the best.”

Matheson's main column focuses on Babcock and Holland, but he also included this nugget of wisdom from Ottawa Senators assistant coach Perry Pern (regarding Barry Trotz's attempts to get Alex Ovechkin to "buy in" to playing defense, as Matheson addressed in a Sunday afternoon column):

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Stars,’ Coyotes’ battle amidst inconsistent West

According to the Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek, the Western Conference's playoff field may be relatively set, but it's not for a lack of trying--and failing--by an inconsistent set of playoff-bound teams:

[T]here’s really only one battle of note. It’s for the second wild-card spot, between the Dallas Stars and the Phoenix Coyotes – two teams that have sputtered down the stretch. Dallas went on the road last week and managed a win over the Tampa Bay Lighting. But the Stars lost to two non-playoff teams on that trip, first to the Carolina Hurricanes and then, more ominously, the Florida Panthers. Had Dallas beat the lowly Panthers, it would have all but locked up that final playoff spot.

Both teams are in action Tuesday: Phoenix is travelling to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets, and Dallas starts a three-game homestand against Nashville. The Predators are technically still alive in the playoff race after unexpectedly defeating two of the West’s big boys, the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks, on a California road trip last week.

That’s been the state of the West for a week or so: A lot of teams with a lot on the line, stumbling and fumbling their way to the finish line after being mostly great all season long.

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

New York Rangers at New York Islanders

Twenty-four hours after their home opener the Rangers were on the road again. This time just a short trip to the neighbors the Islanders.

After losing at home long time starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist sat out last night while rookie netminder Cam Talbot got the start.

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed

It Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins Puck dropped in Boston to start the season for the two Atlantic teams’ first game of the 2013-14 season. Neither team wasted much time getting on the box score; however, to start it was on the penalty side. A hooking call to Bruins Reilly Smith would lead to a shorthanded goal by teammate Chris Kelly.

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Duhatschek ponders the decline of the ‘pure goal-scorer’

The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhtaschek penned an article about the decline of the "pure goal-scorer," and in asking why scoring continues to decline, he went to the party that is, in my opinion, the biggest culprit--a member of the NHL's digital video-equipped coaches:

“If you watch the game now compared to 20 years ago, you don’t see nearly as many mistakes happen,” [Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave] Tippett said. “I do believe coaching is very strong, but the other thing is players have a lot at stake financially now. … Players work hard not to make mistakes and if they do make a mistake, they work hard to get the mistake back.

“The evolution of goaltending, and goaltending equipment, and far fewer mistakes in the game is the reason why scoring is down. We can tweak it however we want, but if you watch a game from 20 or 25 years ago, and see how many mistakes are made – the number of 2-on-1s, the lack of back pressure, the lack of back-checking – it is a very different game than now.”

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Coyotes’ new owners hope to right the ship

The Phoenix Coyotes aren't exactly going to be a moneymaking machine under their new ownership, but ESPN's Craig Custance, penning an Insider-only column, spoke with IceEdge Arizona's George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc about their plans to turn the franchise around, and Custance outlines fie teps that the previous owners seem to have ignored--gaining sponsorships, snagging a decent TV deal, earning a take on the rink's food and beverage sales, actually asking people to pay to park at the rink and more aggressively-pursuing season-ticket sales--that ought to at least help the Coyotes no longer hemorrhage "desert brick."

Regarding that last point? There's some serious room for improvement:

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Life After Bryzgalov

From Emily Kaplan at NHL.com:

“Bryz is not exactly replaceable. We know that,” [Sean] Burke, Phoenix’s goaltending coach, told NHL.com. “So for us, this offseason was about trying to search for the type of goaltending that gives the opportunity to win every night.”

In Burke’s eyes, the Coyotes found that.

On July 1, Phoenix signed former Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith to a two-year, $4 million contract. Burke describes Smith as “very big and very athletic”—and exactly what the Coyotes were looking for.

“I think we get a guy that has a lot of upside, but he also has a fair amount of experience and a lot of confidence,” Burke said. “Basically, I think we’re getting the perfect guy at the perfect time.”

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Comparing the Coyotes to the Yankees

Not the teams, but their deals with their respective cities.  From David Shoalts in the Globe & Mail:

Carrie Ann Sitren wrote a report for Goldwater that once again said the municipal bond deal to provide Hulsizer with $100-million (all currency U.S.) to help buy the Coyotes from the NHL for $170-million and cover this season’s losses of $40-million, is a bad one for the taxpayers of the suburban city of Glendale.

The interesting thing about this report is that Sitren compares it to a similar one for one of the most successful franchises in sport. The New York Yankees strong-armed the city of New York into coughing up $102-million through a bond sale for the baseball team’s new Yankee Stadium.

Like the plan in Glendale, parking revenue around Yankee Stadium is supposed to cover the bond payments. But it is not working out that way.

Sitren said in her report the Yankees’ parking revenue is 40 per cent below projections. According to her, the Yankees could not even cover as much as $1.5-million of the annual $7-million in bond payments. And the company that handles the parking owes the city $17-million in back rent and taxes.

Considering the millions of fans the Yankees draw each season and that on a good night a Coyotes crowd might number 14,000, that is not a promising indicator for Glendale’s bonds.

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News and Notes from Europe

Hello readers,

I hope everyone is enjoying the hockey season and are gearing up for the upcoming holiday season! Remember the holidays mean the World Junior Hockey Championships are just around the corner, beginning on Boxing Day!

Now, some news and notes from various European leagues.

On the subject of the World Juniors, Team Sweden is hoping that the Edmonton Oilers will release Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson for the tournament. The Swedish rookie has collected 9 points in 25 games this year, while currently riding a three game point streak. However, the Oilers have already stated that they have no plans for releasing the talented winger for the tournament. On the bright side for Sweden, they do have the Ottawa Senators blue chip goalie prospect; Robin Lehner on their training camp roster, as well as the Phoenix Coyotes young defensive phenom; Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

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