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5 Coyotes who must shine this season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett likes the character and compete level of his team after the offseason additions of defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and forwards Boyd Gordon, Brad Richardson and Steve Downie. Coyotes fans are happy that popular players Antoine Vermette and Zbynek Michalek are back in the fold after a four-month hiatus to chase the Stanley Cup. Promising...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes' co-owner: Others are envious of what team has recruited

Arizona Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc was quick to acknowledge that his team struggled mightily last season, but believes a quick turnaround is not only possible - but probable."We were terrible last year. We know that," LeBlanc told Josh Cooper of Yahoo! Sports. "We're going to be a lot better this year, but look at the prospect group coming up."I mean, I talked to other presidents...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes' Gormley facing 'biggest summer of his professional life'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If Brandon Gormley isn't receiving the Coyotes' message, he must be wearing earplugs. The team's coaching and management staffs have made one thing abundantly clear when it comes to their 2010 first-round draft pick. "It's the biggest summer of his professional life," assistant coach Jim Playfair said. "If he is dedicating himself to four-hour work days this summer...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes' salary cap analysis shows room for maneuvering

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes closed the books on their remaining free agents Thursday when restricted free agent defenseman Brandon Gormley accepted the team's one-year, two-way qualifying offer of $850,500 while restricted free agent goalie Louis Domingue opted to play in Europe. With six weeks until training camp begins, the Coyotes have 12 forwards under contract that finished...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes' Smith to host camp for kids in Yukon

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is always interested in growing the sport of hockey, and he'll travel great lengths to do so.This weekend, Smith will head to Watson Lake, Yukon, to participate in a free hockey camp for kids as part of the NHL Players' Association's Goals and Dreams 15th Anniversary celebration tour."I'm very excited about it," the 33-year-old Ontario native...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes ease Mike Smith's worries with hiring of goalie guru Elkin

Sean Burke was a security blanket for Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. Whenever Smith discussed Burke's impact on his game, he gushed with superlatives. Whenever the possibility of Burke leaving the organization was raised, Smith's eyes widened with fear. Those fears were realized when Burke left his post as Coyotes goalie coach and assistant to the general manager on June 30. But it took...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
13 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at Chris Pronger’s Hockey Hall of Fame banner

Chris Pronger was a member of a stacked group of 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees and now his banner can be found at the Hall. Pronger still technically hasn’t retired (in fact, his contract was recently traded to the Arizona Coyotes), but the Hall of Fame elected to waive the eligibility rules for Pronger. Here’s a look at Pronger’s banner: Now up! Hockey Hall of Fame...
Via Frozen Notes
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Vermette brings Stanley Cup to children's hospital

Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette made the most of his day with the Stanley Cup this past weekend.Vermette, who was dealt to the eventual-champion Chicago Blackhawks at last season's trade deadline, visited a children's hospital in Quebec City before being honored in his nearby hometown of Saint-Agapit. The 33-year-old rejoined the Coyotes as a free agent on July 1.Vermette...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Antoine Vermette brings the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital

Antoine Vermette was acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks as the 2014-15 season wound to its conclusion. Vermette was a rental in every sense of the word and wasn’t a major factor in the team’s Cup win, but he can still call himself a Stanley Cup champion. Though he has already decided to return to the Arizona Coyotes, Vermette is still celebrating the victory and decided to give...
Via Puck Drunk Love
16 days ago  |  Discuss

What happens to Coyotes, Glendale after two years?

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Glendale City Council on Friday voted unanimously (7-0) to approve an amended, two-year Gila River Arena lease and management agreement with the Coyotes.  The new deal gives Glendale the cost certainty it sought in the form of a fixed, $6.5 million management fee. The short-term agreement removes the immediate uncertainty the Coyotes faced in a drawn-out lawsuit...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Battle For The Pacific Division: The Arizona Coyotes

As the summer drags on I thought I’d take the time to take a look at the other teams that make up the Pacific Division, what they did and where I think they could end up when its all said and done.  This time I will look at what most expect to be the “dog” of the Pacific Division, The Arizona Coyotes. All information here is accurate as of 7/16/15. Who’s in: F John Scott...

Tippett: Speed, skill stand out at Coyotes development camp

Dave Tippett never expected the Coyotes' prospect development camp to offer much in the way of player evaluations. This was more about putting faces to names and setting expectations for players hoping to make it to the NHL level. Even so, two things jumped out at Tippett from the now concluded on-ice portion of the camp. "The speed and skill of the group is very high," he said Thursday...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the Arizona Coyotes Free Agency

View image | gettyimages.com The Arizona Coyotes have had a very busy offseason just in free agency alone. This doesn’t even count their draft day and continued saga with the city of Glendale, Arizona about their arena lease. Grade: A Right after the NHL Entry Draft the Coyotes acquired D Nicklas Grossmann and D Chris Pronger from Philadelphia for F Sam Gagner and a conditional...
Via TopSportsReport
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Coyotes, Mikkel Boedker Avoid Arbitration With One-Year Contract

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes have signed left wing Mikkel Boedker to a one-year, $3.75 million deal. Boedker filed for salary arbitration on Sunday, but the sides were able to iron out a deal Tuesday before they went before a mediator. The 25-year-old from Denmark has been one of Arizona’s most creative scorers during seven seasons with the team. Boedker had 14 goals...
Via NESN.com
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Coyotes GM tells free agents the honest truth about uncertain future

Things for the Arizona Coyotes are a bit murky. The team has battled the city of Glendale and the future of the franchise is unclear. You’d think that would be a detractor for potential free agents, but the club has managed to convince Zbynek Michalek, Steve Downie, Brad Richardson, Antoine Vermette and Anders Lindback to join the club. While none of those players are marquee...
Via Bloguin Best
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Flyer captain Chris Pronger elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

  View image | gettyimages.com  Two days after his contract was traded to the Arizona Coyotes, former Flyer captain Chris Pronger was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Pronger played 18 seasons in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and the Flyers. He won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with Anaheim and also went to the Final twice...
Via Flyerdelphia
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NHL Draft: Should Coyotes Trade No. 3 Pick In First Round?

The Arizona Coyotes are in the middle of another rebuild and must have a successful 2015 NHL Draft to accelerate the process. Through clever trading, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney has eight picks in this draft to acquire young players or package in trades. He has his own pick in the first round at No. 3 overall, in addition to the final selection in Round 1 (30th overall)...
Via NESN.com
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

City of Glendale Votes to Kill Coyotes Deal Leaving Them Homeless Yet Again

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 26: Sam Gagner #9 of the Arizona Coyotes is congratulated by teammates Joe Vitale #14 and Brandon Gormley #33 after his game winning overtime goal against the Buffalo Sabres on March 26, 2015 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Arizona won, 4-3. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) The Arizona Coyotes, formerly the Phoenix Coyotes, are...
Via The Sports Journal
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Legal Battle Looms for Arizona Coyotes and Glendale

GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 07: Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes skates with the puck ahead of P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Gila River Arena on March 7, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)   The Arizona Coyotes have had a tumultuous tenure in Glendale since moving to the desert two decades ago. As the club...
Via The Sports Journal
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

City of Glendale voting to void Arizona Coyotes arena deal

The Arizona Coyotes just keep getting messier and messier. Per Elliotte Friedman the club held a positive town hall with the Glendale City Council about their arena management contract and the city of Glendale is now in discussion to cancel their current contract worth $15 million per year – news which Friedman said “blind sided’ Coyotes ownership. The city of Glendale...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Unidentified NHL owner: Coyotes will move to Vegas

We’ve talked about Las Vegas receiving an NHL franchise for quite some time now. For the most part, the belief has been that the NHL will award an expansion franchise to the city. Most of the rumors about relocating an existing team to Vegas have failed to gain any traction, but that hasn’t stopped one unidentified NHL owner from offering their opinion on the Arizona Coyotes...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Edler scores goal off Mike Smith's backside (Video)

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler scored a goal that bounced off the backside of Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith during the third period of Sunday night's game in Glendale.Edler scored the power play goal on a bank shot that hit the goalpost and deflected off Smith's back into the net.Edler's goal broke the 1-1 tie and ended up being the game winner in the 3-1 Canucks...
Via Holdout Sports
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Coyotes put rebuild into high gear

Last summer when Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said that the team would be getting faster and younger, many fans expected to see prospects like Max Domi, Lucas Lessio, Hank Samuelsson, or Tobias Rieder make the opening night roster. When the club re-signed Dave Moss out of the Swiss league and sent every forward […] The post Arizona Coyotes put rebuild into high gear...
Via Along the Boards
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Rangers acquire Keith Yandle from Coyotes

The New York Rangers made a surprise run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, and general manager Glen Sather has made a bold NHL trade deadline move to increase his team’s chances of going on a similar playoff run this season. New York has acquired Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle in a blockbuster trade involving several players and draft picks, per TSN’s Darren Dreger. ...
Via NESN.com
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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