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  • Sen. John McCain encouraged by ownership news

    Senator John McCain is encouraged about the potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to former San Jose Sharks owner Greg Jamison after listening to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “I think he’s cautious,” McCain told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Tuesday. “I think he’s guardedly optimistic but he knows that there are a number of […]
  • Game 5 celebration at Jobing.com Arena

    A sellout crowd of 17,182 watched the Phoenix Coyotes defeat the Nashville Predators 2-1 to win their Western Conference Semifinal series in five games. If you weren’t there, here’s a quick look at the celebratory atmosphere at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale Monday night. And yes, the horn got a workout. Follow @Vincemarotta
  • Confessions of a bandwagon Coyotes fan

    I went to three Phoenix Coyotes games during the 2011-12 regular season. I’ve been to six so far in the postseason. I plan on going to more. My name is Adam Green, and I’m a bandwagon fan. It’s not that I used to dislike the Coyotes, far from it. I would usually attend a few […]
  • Coyotes cap big day with ‘business-like’ win

    Business-like. It’s not an adjective that has been used historically when describing the Phoenix Coyotes. After all, before this postseason, the Coyotes had never won a playoff series, squandering opportunities in 1997 (up 3-2 on Anaheim, lost 4-3), 1999 (up 3-1 on St. Louis, lost 4-3) and 2010 (tied 3-3, lost 4-3). In the first […]
  • NHL, Coyotes announce tentative deal to sell team

    The Coyotes ownership saga looks like it finally is coming to an end. At a Monday press conference prior to Game 5 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs between the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced that a deal had been struck to sell the team to former […]
  • Coyotes will have to make do without Klesla

    NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan is no friend of the Phoenix Coyotes. Shanahan, who is in charge of doling out discipline for the NHL, suspended defenseman Rostislav Klesla for a boarding call on Matt Halischuck in Game 4 against Nashville. While the Coyotes are undoubtedly not pleased with the ruling, they […]
  • Coyotes have chance to clinch at home — again

    The Coyotes have been in this position before. Up 3-1 with a chance to clinch a playoff series at home, the ‘Yotes are hoping not to repeat the same mistakes they made in the first round against Chicago, when they lost 2- 1 in overtime. Needless to say, they know the Predators won’t go down […]
  • Report: Bettman to announce tentative sale

    Monday is the biggest day in the history of the Phoenix Coyotes. The ‘Yotes play host to the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals at Jobing.com Arena with a chance to clinch a berth in the franchise’s first-ever conference final. And, according to the Phoenix Business Journal, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman […]
  • Report: Coyotes sale getting closer

    According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, a sale that would keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale is getting closer to completion. LeBrun wrote Thursday night that Coyotes president and chief operating officer Mike Nealy had positive news concerning the potential deal that would end in former San Jose Sharks executive Greg Jamison gaining control of […]
  • Coyotes look to rebound from first loss of series

    As the old adage goes, it’s not a playoff series until someone wins on the road. If true, the Western Conference Semifinals battle between the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators is not yet a playoff series. The Coyotes, still up in the series 2-1 after dropping a 2-0 decision Wednesday in Nashville, know all they […]
  • Coyotes’ Raffi Torres to appeal suspension

    The NHL Players Association and Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres plan to appeal the 25-game suspension handed down by the league April 21. The harsh penalty was the result of Torres’ hit on Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Marian Hossa during Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. However, Torres and the NHLPA are not appealing the […]
  • Coyotes know Predators will come out strong in Game 3

    A Game 3 victory by the Phoenix Coyotes would all but put them in the Western Conference Finals. After all, just three teams have ever come back from an 0- 3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Needless to say, the Desert Dogs expect the Nashville Predators to come out […]
  • Predators suspend pair of forwards prior to pivotal Game 3

    The Phoenix Coyotes’ chances of beating the Nashville Predators in Wednesday’s pivotal Game 3 got a little better. According to The Tennessean, the Predators have suspended forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for Wednesday’s tilt. “The Nashville Predators have a few simple rules centered around doing the right things,” General Manager David Poile said in […]
  • Vermette making his mark in the playoffs

    The Columbus Blue Jackets were pretty much an afterthought all season long when it came to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Columbus limped out to an 0-7-1 start and finished the regular season with an NHL-worst 65 points. At the trade deadline in February, the Jackets started unloading players in trades, including a deal that sent […]
  • It’s starting to feel like a ‘hockey town’ around here

    During my Sunday errand running, I found myself at a local grocery store with my 16-year-old son, picking up a few items for a visit to my sister’s house. We were headed over to watch Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Nashville Predators. Watching big sporting events in […]
  • No drama here: Coyotes play complete game in win over Predators

    Coyotes coach Dave Tippett appeared to do something he hasn’t done in a while. Just days after being as upset as you’ll ever see a coach whose team just won a playoff game, Tippett joked around, seemingly pleased with what had transpired on the ice not long before his post-game press conference. Saying his team […]
  • Same song, different verse: Coyotes beat Predators in Game 1

    In truth, we probably should have seen this coming. The Phoenix Coyotes took a 1-0 series lead over the Nashville Predators by winning 4-3. In overtime. After surrendering a third-period lead. It’s hockey, the Coyotes’ way. “We do everything the hard way,” game-winning goal scorer Ray Whitney joked after the game. “There’s certainly nothing easy […]
  • ESPN’s Melrose breaks down Coyotes-Preds

    The Phoenix Coyotes find themselves in very unfamiliar territory – preparing for a Game 1 of a conference semifinal series. The Nashville Predators aren’e exactly grizzled playoff vets, either with exactly two playoff series wins in franchise history. Yet, this best-of-seven series is shaping up to be a hard- hitting, tightly-contested, low-scoring affair headlined by […]
  • Off the Ice: Reliefs vs. Concerns in Coyotes vs. Predators

    The Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators faceoff Friday night in their opening game of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s another winnable series, but the Coyotes will have to be even more disciplined than they were against the Blackhawks. The Preds are very, very similar to the Coyotes. Both teams focus on defense-first […]
  • Eyes on the Predators

    The Phoenix Coyotes are battling the Nashville Predators for the right to go to the Western Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Most expect it to be a hotly-contested series, as the teams play similar styles and are both playing well of late. At least, that’s what we think here in the Valley. But […]