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Alex Galchenyuk Signs With The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Alex Galchenyuk to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to sign Alex,” said Armstrong. “He is a versatile, skilled forward who works hard and has earned a spot on our roster. He will be a good addition to our team.”

The 27-year-old Galchenyuk registered 5-8-13 with 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 34 total games with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs in 2020-21.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound forward recorded 4-8-12 and 14 PIM in 26 contests with the Maple Leafs. He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes from Ottawa on February 13 and acquired by Toronto from the Hurricanes on February 15 in exchange for forward Egor Korshkov and defenseman David Warsofsky.

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John Ferguson Named Assistant GM For The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have signed John Ferguson to a multi-year contract to serve as the Club’s Assistant General Manager. Ferguson will also serve as the General Manager of the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL). As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to name John as our new assistant general manager,” said Armstrong. “John is extremely knowledgeable about the game and with 20-plus years in the NHL, brings a tremendous amount of experience to our hockey operations department. We are thrilled to have him join our team and I am looking forward to working with him.”

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Arizona Coyotes Trade Christian Dvorak To The Montreal Canadiens

Three hours late with this, had to attend a party or else my name would have been mud fo about two weeks.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have acquired a 2022 first round draft choice and a 2024 second round draft choice from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for center Christian Dvorak.

“On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization, we would like to thank Christian for everything he did for the organization the last five seasons,” said Armstrong. “We wish him the best in the future.”

Dvorak registered 67-79-146 and 70 penalty minutes (PIM) in 302 career games with the Coyotes. He was originally drafted by Arizona in the second round (58th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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Tempe Could Become The New Home For The Arizona Coyotes

from Wills Rice of Arizona Sports,

The Arizona Coyotes have submitted a proposal to build a new arena in Tempe.

The city of Tempe released a statement, not identifying the Coyotes, stating there was one submission for a mixed-use project incorporating a professional sports franchise and entertainment district..

“We are pleased to have submitted a proposal to the City of Tempe,” a team spokesperson said Thursday. “As regulations surrounding the RFP process dictate, we cannot comment any further at this time, but we remain incredibly excited about this extraordinary opportunity.”...

The conclusion of the process would ultimately result in a public meeting and a vote to accept or reject an agreement with the team.

“The city of Tempe anticipates that the next steps in this evaluation process will take many months and will include extensive examinations,” said the city.

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The Future Of The Arizona Coyotes

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

The Coyotes were booted from the Pacific Division to the Central and have no physical address after this season.

Are they doomed to wander the desert? Or flee entirely?

The City of Glendale, Ariz., dissatisfied with its return on investment and some debts owed, on Thursday backed out of its year-to-year, joint agreement with the Coyotes at city-owned Gila River Arena. Team president Xavier Gutierrez said he would be open to renegotiating with the city, but Glendale doesn’t seem too interested, perhaps unless the price plummets.

It’s the latest chapter in a saga that began shortly after the buzz wore off from the former Winnipeg Jets’ arrival. Since 2000, the Coyotes have been among the bottom four teams in attendance every year but three: The high-water mark was 2004, when they moved from the NBA arena in downtown Phoenix to the new rink in Glendale and finished 19th. In the two seasons after that they were 22nd (in 2006) and 24th (in 2007).

Since then, woof.

Ticket sales, game-day concessions, and merchandise account for about 50 percent of annual NHL revenue, commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this year. Safe to say the Coyotes aren’t contributing much of that to the league’s coffers. Coupled with the years of subpar on-ice product, turnover in ownership and management, and stripping down of the current roster, and it’s fair to question the franchise’s viability. To that point: The Athletic reported the Coyotes received “multiple notices” from the city about unpaid bills.

Youth hockey in the area, which can always present Auston Matthews as its shining motivational example to kids with nascent NHL dreams, would suffer immensely without a team.

The 69-year-old Bettman, who has previously stated that the Glendale arrangement was untenable for the Coyotes, brought hockey to several Sun Belt locales in his tenure (29 years as commissioner as of Feb. 1). He likely wouldn’t want to relocate a team as one of the last major acts of his career.

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The Arizona Coyotes May Need To Look For An Arena Very Soon

from Katie Strang of The Athletic,

The City of Glendale has informed the Arizona Coyotes that it will opt out of its joint lease agreement for Gila River Arena, meaning the Coyotes will need to vacate the arena by June 30 of next year, making the 2021-22 season the club’s final one at the facility.

The current lease agreement operates on a year-to-year basis and can be terminated by either party via written notice on or before Dec. 31. The Coyotes also use administrative space within the arena, which the team must also vacate.

The termination notice follows several months of stalled negotiations between the city and the team on the terms of a lease extension and potential renovations to the arena, as well as multiple notices about outstanding and delinquent balances owed by the Coyotes as part of their lease agreement, public records reveal.

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A Look At The Arizona Coyotes

from John Lane of NHL.com,

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2021-22 regular season, which starts Oct. 12. Today, the Arizona Coyotes:

Key arrivals

Shayne Gostisbehere, D: The 28-year-old was acquired July 22 from the Philadelphia Flyers, along with a second-round pick and a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, in a trade for future considerations. He scored 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) and averaged 19:56 of ice time in 41 games last season. … Carter Hutton, G: The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract July 28. He was 1-10-1 with a 3.47 goals-against average and an .886 save percentage in 13 games (12 starts) for the Buffalo Sabres last season. … Anton Stralman, D: The 35-year-old was acquired July 26 from the Florida Panthers, along with defenseman prospect Vladislav Kolyachonok and a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft, in a trade for a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. He scored nine points (three goals, six assists) in 38 games and did not score a point in five playoff games last season. … Ryan Dzingel, F: The 29-year-old signed a one-year contract July 28 after scoring 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 40 games for the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators last season. … Andre Tourigny, coach: The 47-year-old was hired July 1 after it was announced May 9 that Rick Tocchet would not return as coach after four seasons. Tourigny is a two-time Ontario Hockey League coach of the year (2018-19, 2019-20) and was an assistant for first-place Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Championship.

What they still need

More production from the young forward core of Clayton Keller, 23; Nick Schmaltz, 25; Barrett Hayton, 21; and Christian Dvorak, 25. The four combined to score 43 goals last season, when the Coyotes, led by 33-year-old forward Phil Kessel in goals (20) and points (43), saw their goals per game drop to 2.68 from 2.71 in 2019-20. Arizona also could use improved play on the penalty kill, which was tied with the Minnesota Wild for 11th in the NHL (80.8 percent) after it was fifth (82.7 percent) in 2019-20.

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The Colorado Avalanche About To Pay A High Price For A Goalie

 

added 9:28pm, Arizona release is belw.

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Florida Sends Anton Stralman To Arizona

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Arizona Coyotes/Vancouver Canucks Trade

 

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added 5:33pm, Money talk for the Yotes is below.

added 6:17pm, Arizona release is below.

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