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  • Doan’s been here forever, will he stay in PHX?

    A lot of things have changed in the Valley of the Sun since 1996. One thing hasn’t: Shane Doan, an original Phoenix Coyote, is still in town. Phoenix’s longest-tenured athlete will play in his 15th home opener Saturday night when the Coyotes host the Winnipeg Jets at Arena in Glendale. The fact that Doan […]
  • Off the Ice: Trade wishlist for Phoenix Coyotes

    When the Phoenix Coyotes announced that Kyle Chipchura was going on waivers on Wednesday, I assumed there would be a young center coming in, most likely Andy Miele. I may be wrong. The Coyotes said that Chipchura would not be moved down to AHL Portland, but would remain on the roster, tipping the hat towards […]
  • Off the Ice: Phoenix Coyotes are the next Green Bay Packers

    Potential is a nasty little word for a sports team. It can mean that a team is on the -up-and-up, headed for playoff, and possibly championship, glory. It can also be used in a sense of confusion by fans when they wonder why a team with so much potential can fail. But potential was the […]
  • Off the Ice: Time to embrace Paul Bissonette’s talents

    The time has come. The Phoenix Coyotes are a West Coast hockey team who play a West Coast style — the emphasis is on passing, fluid skating and, well, “pretty” hockey. It has moved away from the grittiness and physicality of the East Coast brand, but there are still players in the Western Conference who […]
  • Off the Ice: Hanzal needed a kick in the ‘A’

    Things are looking up for Coyotes centerman Martin Hanzal. Not only did the Czech lockup a nice five-year deal that will keep him with the team through 2017, if you look very closely at the photo in this story, Hanzal received a little promotion. He’s now an alternate captain. While it isn’t officially listed on […]
  • DDB: Lengthy Contract Extension Thrills Hanzal

    GLENDALE – The last time center Martin Hanzal inked a contract with the Coyotes he was driving out of state for a mini-vacation and had to pull over and sign the deal at a service station along I-17. On Thursday, Hanzal took a more conventional approach by signing a five-year contract extension with the team […]
  • Coyotes goalie to honor Pat Tillman on his mask

    NHL goaltenders like to express themselves via their masks, which are often adorned with impressive graphics, which can mean any number of things. Coyotes goaltender Jason LaBarbera’s new mask will be used to honor Pat Tillman and other service members. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Pat Tillman and everything he did for […]
  • Desert Dog Blog: Team Bonding Trip in Prescott Valley Going Well

    PRESCOTT VALLEY – With a week off between the preseason finale and regular-season opener, the Coyotes are in the midst of a three-day trip here to fine-tune, to bond and to focus on the start of the 2011-12 season as a group. On Monday, the team practiced for an hour at Tim’s Toyota Center, the […]
  • Desert Dog Blog: Coyotes roster must be trimmed

    GLENDALE – The Coyotes had 26 players on the roster for Saturday’s win over San Jose in the preseason finale and six players were scratched. General Manager Don Maloney and his staff need to trim at least three players before noon (AZ time) on Wednesday. Maloney told me before Saturday’s game that he may slice […]
  • Lauri Korpikoski should be a Coyotes captain

    As the Phoenix Coyotes head into a new season, the team is facing a lot of questions. How will the goaltending situation fare after the departure of Ilya Bryzgalov? Is the first line made of veterans the best option? Who can help captain Shane Doan lead the team into a (hopefully) great season? The Coyotes […]
  • Kyle Chipchura would be a good fit for the Coyotes

    The Phoenix Coyotes wrap up the preseason this Saturday and will have to reduce their current roster down to the mandated 23 players shortly thereafter. Forward Kyle Chipchura deserves to be on that final roster. While I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing him skate so far this preseason, I’ve read several articles on him […]
  • Coyotes showed the rust on Wednesday

    Thank goodness it’s the preseason. The Phoenix Coyotes had their first home preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. And it looked like preseason hockey. Never before have I seen a player who vied for a Stanley Cup last season fan so many times or two veterans collide then stop to look at […]
  • What if Coyotes’ Mike Smith doesn’t work out?

    The Phoenix Coyotes signed former Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith in the offseason to replace want-away netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. The problem is, Smith is injury-prone and spent half of last season with the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL. He played well — when he played — for Tampa Bay last season […]
  • Desert Dog Blog: Coyotes Report to Training Camp

    GLENDALE — Arena was hopping on Friday as players, coaches, staff and media members assembled for the first official day of the Coyotes 2011-12 Training Camp. Sixty-two players have been invited to this camp, including newcomers Mike Smith, Daymond Langkow, Raffi Torres and Boyd Gordon. Friday was a long day for the players. It […]
  • DDB: Q & A with New Broadcaster Matt McConnell

    GLENDALE — I had a chance to speak with Matt McConnell today moments after he was announced as the new Play-By-Play Announcer for the Coyotes. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation. Q: Matt, congratulations on being named the successor to Dave Strader as the TV voice of the Phoenix Coyotes. Your thoughts on […]