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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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Report:  Wojtek Wolski Signs 2-Year Deal with PHX

Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet, Wojtek Wolski has agreed to terms on a 2 year deal with PHX for $7.6M.

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Bryzgalov Makes Coyotes “Impressively Good”

From Kevin Allen at USA Today,

At the start of this season, the general impression of the Coyotes was that they were still a patchwork team, a mixture of seemingly mismatched veterans and raw youngsters held together with crack filler and coach Wayne Gretzky’s good name.

Since Bryzgalov was plucked from the Anaheim Ducks on waivers, the Coyotes look like a cohesive group of skilled players. The Coyotes haven’t just been good since Bryzgalov arrived, they have been impressively good. The arrival of Bryzgalov has simply allowed us to see the real Coyotes.

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ASG Memories: 1983 New York

1983 All-Star Game – February 8, 1983, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: Wayne Gretzky set an All-Star record with four goals in the third period.

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Happy Birthday to Wayne today, on his 47th birthday.

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Jovanovski Gets A Game

via the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski was suspended for one game by the NHL for his hit on Marian Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild during their game Wednesday night.

The suspension was announced Thursday afternoon, and Jovanovski, who has two goals and 13 assists, will sit out tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

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Bryzgalov Has Moved On

From Don McGowan at CanWest News,

The 27-year-old Russian, who had played his entire NHL_career with the Ducks, was touched when the Anaheim crowd applauded him as his career highlights were displayed on the Honda Center video screen.

“The crowd stood up and gave me cheering,” said Bryzgalov, who was named Tuesday as the NHL’s No. 2 star of the week ending Nov. 25. “This was a great moment. I started a bit of crying because I don’t expect 17,000 people to stand up and start cheering. It was a great moment.”

That’s where the sentimentality ended.  Bryzgalov stopped 23 shots and two more in overtime as the Coyotes beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 4-3.

“We are all professionals,” Bryzgalov said. “We came to (Anaheim) to win this game. Right now, I play for the Coyotes, so no friends on the ice. We have to beat this team. We need the points. No sharing.”

more… *highlights from Bryzgalov’s NHL press conference call today

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Stars of the Week

From NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers center Daniel Briere, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 25.

continued… with video available featuring each player’s highlights

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HNIC Via Phoenix

from Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,

Now more than 75 years after its inception on radio, Hockey Night in Canada continues to be a special event.

The Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs played the opening game of the Saturday doubleheader. Across Canada, it is always a must-see event.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Coyotes rookie Craig Weller. “Growing up (in Alberta) as a kid, we didn’t have cable. We only had three channels, but it was always on one of the three.

“It’s definitely a thrill to play and have all of Canada watching. I guess every kid dreams that growing up.”

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In The Booth With DeBrusk

from the Arizona Republic,

When Coyotes radio analyst Louie DeBrusk talks about a fight, it’s likely that he imagines himself back on the ice pounding on somebody.

DeBrusk’s 11-year NHL career, including three with the Coyotes, encompassed only 401 games, but he made his presence felt with 1,161 penalty minutes. From the time he had his first fight as a 14-year-old in juniors, the adrenalin rush is something that has never left him. He always knew his role in the league.

“I wouldn’t want to rate myself (as a player) because I’d definitely rake myself over the coals,” he said. “I think I was just a hard-working guy, went up and down, banged bodies, dropped the gloves on a fairly regular basis throughout my career….”

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Aebischer Being “Loaned” to Switzerland

From the Phoenix Coyotes,

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have loaned goaltender David Aebischer to HC Lugano of Switzerland National League A. 

Aebischer, 29, appeared in one game for the Coyotes this season and stopped 30 of 33 shots in a loss at Columbus on Oct. 10.  The Fribourg, Switzerland native signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 19, 2007.

Updated 3:16pm ET: Some comments from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.

 

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Golfing With Wayne

from ESPN.com news service,

On the heels of entertainers Justin Timberlake and George Lopez being named hosts of their own PGA Tour events, the Nationwide Tour announced on Monday that a new tournament will include the name of its own great one.

Check that. The Great One.

Named for the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic will be held June 26-29 at The Georgian Bay Club and the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay, located on the shores of Georgian Bay, northwest of Toronto.

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Bryzgalov Claimed By Phoenix

from TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov off the waiver wire on Saturday and will likely get the start in goal tonight when the Coyotes visit the LA Kings.

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Boynton Suspended

The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #251 between the Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks, November 12.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Nick Boynton has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach Wayne Gretzky has been fined $10,000. Boynton was assessed an instigator penalty at 15:50 of the third period.

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The Latendresse Brothers

from the Montreal Gazette,

The Latendresse brothers, Guillaume and Olivier, remain an inseparable pair, even though they live 3,500 kilometres apart on opposite ends of the professional hockey spectrum….

Guillaume is living out a dream playing for his beloved Canadiens, a media darling who has been portrayed as a saviour to a public starving for a French-Canadian star to carry the Tricolore. Olivier, meanwhile, is toiling in the Central Hockey League with the Arizona Sundogs, unable to make any headway in the Phoenix Coyotes organization after signing a three-year contract in 2004 as an undrafted free agent.

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J.R. Scores Goal #500

From the CP via TSN,

Roenick raised his hands and yelled as soon as the referee signalled the goal. He was immediately mobbed by his teammates.

The game was delayed a few minutes as Roenick skated in front of the Sharks’ bench with the puck raised above his head. He pointed into the stands as the crowd gave him an extended standing ovation. Even a few of the Coyotes joined in tapping their sticks.

Roenick became the third American-born player to reach 500 goals. The nine-time all-star ranks 40th in goals and 44th in points on the NHL career lists.

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Gretzky More In Control - Yotes Start Winning

from the CP via The Hockey News,

With veteran assistant coach Barry Smith gone to Russia last summer and Rick Tocchet not allowed back until February from his leave of absence, Gretzky has had to take on more. And Morris said the players have responded.

“With our coaching situation having changed, I think he’s taken on a bigger role and he’s demanding a lot more out of us,” said Morris. “And it’s good to see him take that step and really say listen, ‘This is my team, and we’re going to play the way I want us to play. And if you don’t like it, you’re not going to play.’

“I think everybody on our team has bought into his system. He’s not a screamer or a yeller, but he’s an honest guy and he demands a lot out of us.”

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Tocchet Learns His Fate Today

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Embattled Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach and former Flyer Rick Tocchet is expected to have his 20-month suspension lifted by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a 1 p.m. news conference today in New York.

This would allow Tocchet to return to his role as assistant coach of the Coyotes.

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Update 1:37pm ET: (by Alanah)

On the NHL’s teleconference today, Attorney Robert J. Cleary discussed the depth of his investigation of Rick Tocchet.  He explained his findings (being released in a written report today) are consistent with the findings of the NJ Attorney General’s office, stating, “We found no evidence of betting on hockey by any NHL player or personnel.” 

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman then formally announced that Tocchet will not be eligible to work again within the NHL until at least February 7, 2008—that would be a 2 year total suspension.  His reinstatement requires he is (1) not involved in gambling—legal or illegal—at any time; and (2) that he is treated for gambling addiction.

Bettman stated he reserves the right to revisit the issue of Tocchet’s reinstatement in February if he feels he hasn’t complied with these conditions.
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*time of post originally 12:20pmET

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Tocchet Possibly Meeting Bettman Today

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

Rick Tocchet’s status as a coach of the Phoenix Coyotes is expected to be clarified this week by the NHL.

In fact, sources tell TSN that Tocchet, accompanied by Coyotes’ general manager Don Maloney, is in New York City today to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

Updated 4:25pm ET:
The CP confirms with sources that Bettman and Tocchet did indeed meet today. No information beyond that for now.

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Veteran Coyotes Need to Stay Calm

From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,

Young team or not, losing is never easy to take, and Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky says it’s important that players not get caught up in a mode of frustration.

“They want to do well, they want to win, and you can get frustrated,” he said. “The worst thing that could happen for this team is that our older guys show that frustration because it bleeds through the hockey team. All of a sudden, you see a guy like (Daniel) Carcillo out there and being very frustrated.

“As I said to Shane (captain Shane Doan) … our older guys got to stay calm and relaxed. If they can stay calm and cool on the bench … it’s infectious to the younger guys, and it’s imperative that they stay focused.”

continued… (*Coyotes at 5 losses in first 6 home games)

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Tocchet’s Status May Be Decided This Week

From Scott Morrison at CBC,

Rick Tocchet could have his status with the NHL determined by the end of this week.

According to sources, the long-awaited Cleary Report, an internal investigation into Tocchet’s involvement in a gambling ring, is expected to be delivered to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week. Once Bettman digests the report, authored by lawyer Robert Cleary, he will conduct a meeting with Tocchet and determine whether he will be allowed to return as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes any time soon.

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David Aebischer Down to the AHL

From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,

Coyotes goaltender David Aebischer cleared waivers Wednesday and will report to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, joining the team in Chicago. [...]

Coach Wayne Gretzky said that with defenseman Zbynek Michalek returning from the injured list, room was needed on the roster.

Phoenix entered the season with a goalie trio that also included Mikael Tellqvist and Alex Auld, another free agent.

“The worst thing , the first three weeks of the season for us, we haven’t had a lot of games,” Gretzky said. “So Aebischer in a lot of ways probably had a right to feel he didn’t get a really good chance. But we just haven’t had enough games to give him that chance.”

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Derek Morris A Bright Spot For Coyotes

from the Arizona Republic,

Positives, such as the Coyotes’ Derek Morris, can easily be overlooked when a team starts a season slowly.

The Coyotes, with only two wins in seven games, are trying to put things together, but Morris has had things together from the opening bell, a leader of a defense that has been the team’s strength.

“He’s been unreal for us,” coach Wayne Gretzky said. “From Day 1 in training camp, he came in in phenomenal shape, better than he ever has . . . He’s always in good shape, but it seems like he’s in better shape this year.”

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Rick Tocchet’s Waiting Game

From Jim Gintonio at The Arizona Republic,

The waiting game the NHL is playing with the Coyotes and Rick Tocchet has turned into a joke.  What gives?

He was charged in February 2006, admitted he was involved in an illegal gambling operation and two months ago was sentenced to two years of probation. No mob ties, no fixing games, no jail time, no betting on hockey.

Yet the NHL has decided to put Tocchet in limbo, to this day not having a timetable on when it will make a decision on his future in the sport. There is no reason for the delay. The league and its counsel, Robert Cleary, have had ample time to rule.

And there is absolutely no reason why Tocchet should not be allowed to return to the Coyotes bench as an assistant coach.

continued… (*editorial compares Tochet’s crime to that of other NHLers who’ve been allowed back into the league.)

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*hat tip to David for the link

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Plan In Place In Phoenix

from Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune,

Let’s be honest. The Coyotes are more irrelevant now than they’ve ever been. You could ask a philosophical question of the franchise: If a hockey team starts a season and nobody cares, does it count?

There’s little doubt Phoenix will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Coyotes may wind up with the worst record in the NHL.

But you know what?  That’s OK.

Because for the first time since they arrived in the Valley, the Coyotes are losing the right way: With young players that should get better and provide the franchise some stability — and success — down the road.

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Phoenix Joins “All You Can Eat Club”

The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that they are now offering an “All You Can Eat” ticket package.  Fans purchasing the package receive five (5) premier weekend games plus they can enjoy unlimited hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn, peanuts and nachos each time they visit Jobing.com Arena.

The package is available in both the upper and lower seating levels.  The “All You Can Eat” upper level package is priced at $150 ($30 per game) and includes an upper level ticket regularly priced at $28. A lower level package is also available at $275 ($55 per game) and includes a lower level ticket regularly priced at $55.

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Can I Use “White Out”?

from the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes haven’t gotten much use lately out of their “White Out” tradition of filling their arena with white-clad fans for the playoffs.

But that doesn’t mean they’re going to stand by without a fight and let anybody else take it.

It seems that Penn State has developed a similar tradition, designating some important games as “White Outs.”

And last season, the school had a student contest to design an official “White Out” T-shirt to be sold for a game.

Trouble is, the Coyotes have trademark rights to the term “White Out.” The club registered the term even before moving from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Phoenix and has reapplied when necessary to keep it up to date.

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Meyer Hoping For New Beginning With Coyotes

from the Arizona Republic,

Defenseman Freddy Meyer joined the Coyotes for their practice Tuesday before the team left on a two-game road trip.

“It’s good be here,” said Meyer, who was claimed off waivers Monday from the New York Islanders. “I’m excited for a new beginning for myself. It’s a nice, young team here, high energy, and I’m looking forward to playing.

“It was a little setback (to be put on waivers), but when I first found out I was on waivers, I knew for a week or so that something was gonna happen, wasn’t sure what. It was a little downer at first, but I was lucky enough to get picked up by Phoenix.”

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Gretzky.com

imageSays Wayne Gretzky:

“As my Dad always said, skate to where the puck is going – not to where it has been.  I know that’s exactly what we will accomplish with my new website.  I’m really looking forward to using Gretzky.com as a great place to relive my greatest hockey memories and to also develop this website into a unique hockey resource for all fans.”

Here’s the website and be prepared for flash running on your system. There are some interesting videos available, though -  definitely worth a bit of exploration for Gretzky fans.

 

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Phoenix Looking At The Big Picture

from the East Valley Tribune,

After years of thinking it was only a few free agents away from the postseason, Phoenix has committed to a long- term rebuilding process to give it a solid corps of young players for years to come. Highly touted forwards Peter Mueller and Martin Hanzal, both first-round picks, have already arrived. The pipeline to the future also includes forward Kyle Turris, the No. 3 overall selection this year, and two other prospects, defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Blake Wheeler, recently rated among the league’s top 50 prospects by The Hockey News.

New general manager Don Maloney admits the franchise’s change in philosophy will lead to some long nights this October and November, but he believes the team will be much better in February and March and that progression will carry over into next season and for many years after that.

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Phoenix Hopes To Forget Last Season

from the Arizona Republic,

Last year.

Two words this organization would like to forget, and with good reason: the worst record in the NHL’s Western Conference and the team’s poorest showing since moving to the Valley 11 seasons ago - 67 points (31-46-5), second fewest in the league.

“I definitely use it as a motivational tool,” defenseman Nick Boynton said. “We don’t want to harp on it, but, yeah, it’s embarrassing. You don’t want it to happen again. You’ve got to come out and prove it’s not going to be like that.”

But can things get better this time around?

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Coyotes Spy Game

From Jim Gintonio at the Arizona Republic,

And the opening night goalie for the Coyotes is…

“What do they call it in football? The spy game?” joked coach Wayne Gretzky. “It’s top secret. I’m not gonna decide until Wednesday. All three of them have played pretty hard, all three of them have been strong, all three of them really worked hard in practice each and every day.  I know who we’re gonna start. I’m just gonna keep it close to the vest until Wednesday.”

The goalie trio: returning backup Mikael Tellqvist and two free agents, David Aebischer and Alex Auld.

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New Goal For Aebischer

from USA TODAY,

After the burden of playing in the shadow of retired goalie Patrick Roy on the Colorado Avalanche for almost two seasons and then enduring a rough year with the Montreal Canadiens, David Aebischer signed a free agent contract in July with the Coyotes, hoping to jump-start his career all over again.

The Coyotes’ goal: Make the playoffs, says Gretzky. Aebischer’s goal: Consistency in net.

The latter seems more likely than the former, but clean slates bring optimism before the first puck is dropped. “I know we have a lot of young guys,” says Aebischer. “But anything is possible.”

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There’s Always Hope For Winnipeg

from the Winnipeg Sun,

In a week where possible future expansion was discussed briefly at the NHL board of governors meetings in Chicago, the subject of Winnipeg’s potential return to the loop provided the usual responses.

“If there’s an opportunity and an opening, I’m sure the NHL would definitely look at it,” said Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. “We realize and know this is a good hockey area, a great hockey city and a good sports town. It’s a beautiful facility here, a great complex.”

“There’s always going to be that hope for hockey in Canada,” added Coyotes captain Shane Doan. “It’s our sport and what we’re so proud of. It’s something we’ve got to make sure is always there

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Jury Still Out On Coach Gretzky

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The question, needless to say, is how much failure can Gretzky stand, or withstand. He’s in only the second year of a five-year contract, but his buddy Mike Barnett was cashiered as general manager last season and the Coyotes ownership made it clear in hiring Maloney that they were avoiding any and all hockey people with direct ties to Gretzky.

Could he be fired if the Coyotes stink? Possible, but unlikely, particularly given that he still has an ownership stake in the team.

But it’s equally hard to imagine he’ll just hang in there if this season turns out to be utterly miserable. Perhaps there will be a resignation, or some other kind of face-saving way out.

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Yotes Face Uphill Climb

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There likely isn’t enough of an upgrade for the Coyotes to challenge for a playoff spot, and in some forecasts they are rated as contenders for 30th place overall. Gretzky is realistic about his team’s chances.

“Obviously, we’ve got an uphill climb,” Gretzky said. “We’re in a tough situation here. We’re an organization that’s gone the young route and we’re going to stay that course for now and see what happens.”

In the new NHL, you almost need a perfect storm in order to succeed — that your kids mature at a time when your veterans still have something left in the tank.

“Pittsburgh is a special case because they have the best player in [Sidney] Crosby, but look at Buffalo,” Gretzky said. “Buffalo turned around their franchise in three years. Because of the salary cap and salary structure, [a turnaround] can happen like that,” Gretzky said, snapping his fingers.

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