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  • DDB: Stone seizing his chance

    GLENDALE – Defenseman Michael Stone is being given an opportunity to show what he can do in the NHL – at a critical time in the season no less – and he is seizing it. With each shift, Stone, whom the Coyotes selected with the 69th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, appears […]
  • Coyotes blank reeling Sharks

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Mike Smith stopped 42 shots and Mikkel Boedker and Michael Stone scored second-period goals and the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-0 Saturday. Raffi Torres added his 12th goal of the season early in the third period for Phoenix, which ended a five-game losing streak. The Coyotes have 78 points […]
  • DDB: Coyotes confident despite slump

    GLENDALE — Despite a four-game losing streak that has knocked them from third place in the Western Conference standings to seventh, the Coyotes remain a confident group with 15 games to go in the regular season. “There’s no need to panic,” goalie Mike Smith told reporters after an optional practice at Arena on Wednesday. […]
  • Off the Ice: Give Mike Smith a break — literally

    Have you ever heard the phrase “beating a dead horse” when a conversation gets so stagnant there is no point in carrying it on anymore? The same thing happens when you try to ride that dead horse into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith has been, arguably, one of the best goalies […]
  • Turnovers once again derail Coyotes in loss

    Turnovers once again proved costly for the Phoenix Coyotes, who suffered a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday at Arena. “We’re not good enough,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “The emotional engagement that we can bring in for short minutes, why can’t we have that the whole […]
  • Off the Ice: Coyotes fail to answer the February call

    Having a target on your back in the NHL is a tricky business and the Phoenix Coyotes have dropped the ball so far in March. After an unbelievable February in which the team went 11-0-1, the Coyotes have dropped two bad losses in a row to teams they could have — and should have — […]
  • Doan: Smith key to Coyotes’ success

    The Phoenix Coyotes were the NHL’s hottest team in the month of February, posting an 11-0-1 mark, and claimed first place in the Pacific Division with 75 points. Despite dropping their first contest in March, a 4-2 home loss to the Calgary Flames, captain Shane Doan truly believes this year’s Coyotes squad is better than […]
  • Coyotes look to stay hot in March

    When the month of February started, the Phoenix Coyotes were mired in a 3-way tie for 10th place in the Western Conference. With the month of March now here, the Coyotes are atop the Pacific Division and in possession of the third seed in the Western Conference standings. That’s what happens when you reel off […]
  • Mike Smith named NHL’s First Star of the Month

    One of the reasons the Phoenix Coyotes are the hottest team in the NHL is because they’re riding the hottest goalie in the league. And for that reason, netminder Mike Smith was named as the First Star of the Month for February. Smith posted an 11-0 mark during the month, with a 1.42 goals-against average […]
  • Coyotes should not have to play road games in Glendale

    It was a scene I was familiar with. Growing up an Arizona Cardinals season ticket holder, I went to plenty of games where we were outnumbered by the opposing team’s fans. So what I saw Tuesday night was, unfortunately, nothing new. Arena was a sea of blue shirts, as Vancouver Canucks fans made up […]
  • Off the Ice: Coyotes, D-backs keep it all in the family

    Isn’t family nice? Sure, family members lead to sibling squabbles, stressful situations and an overall dread of the holidays, but at the end of the day, you can sit back, appreciate your similarities and have a laugh together. In Arizona, we have four major sports teams. They seem to get along pretty well, but basically […]
  • DDB: Five things to know about Vermette

    GLENDALE — Wednesday was a busy day for the Coyotes with a practice, a flight to Calgary and the acquisition of Antoine Vermette. Needing immediate help at center, the Coyotes plucked Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets for minor-league goalie Curtis McElhinney and two draft picks. Visit for full details of the trade. I […]
  • Coyotes add veteran Antoine Vermette in trade

    The Phoenix Coyotes made a trade Wednesday, acquiring center Antoine Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a pair of draft picks and minor league goalie Curtis McElhinney. Vermette, 29, comes to the Coyotes having recorded 8-19-27 in 60 games with the Blue Jackets this season. “We are extremely pleased to acquire Antoine,” […]
  • Off the Ice: Time to pump the brakes, Coyotes fans

    Holy rumor mill, Batman. It started late last week with reports of the Greg Jamison group being approved by the NHL as the buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes. There was still a long way to go in the deal, but there was a large amount of progress that fans had been waiting for. Naturally, the […]
  • Conflicting reports on Coyotes ownership front

    Could we be nearing the end of the long ownership saga surrounding the Phoenix Coyotes? A report from Mike Sunnucks in the Phoenix Business Journal indicates that the NHL is close to finalizing a deal to sell the team to former San Jose Sharks executive Greg Jamison that would keep the Coyotes in Glendale. Sunnucks […]
  • Coyotes outshine Stars in overtime win

    Mike Smith’s scoreless streak may have been snapped at 171 minutes in the Coyotes’ 2-1 overtime win against the Dallas Stars Saturday in Glendale, AZ — but the Coyotes netminder’s sterling play along with Radim Vrbata’s career-high 28th goal stole the show. “I am happy about it,” Vrbata said in regards to tallying his career-high […]
  • Smith adds to playoff intensity in win against Kings

    Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith posted his fourth shutout of the season on Thursday in a 1-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings, and that came with an altercation Smith hasn’t been in for some time. “I’ve tried to put that part of the game out of my game and worry about stopping the puck, […]
  • DDB: Smith says being starter easier than being backup

    GLENDALE — Mike Smith was the obvious choice for the NHL’s First Star of the Week award after his outstanding play in four victories last week. Smith allowed only three goals on 122 shots in those four games – wins over Detroit, Dallas, Calgary and Chicago. On Saturday, he blanked the Blackhawks on 38 shots […]
  • Roenick to join Coyotes Ring of Honor

    Jeremy Roenick will enter into an elite class when he is inducted into the Phoenix Coyotes Ring of Honor before Saturday’s game with the Chicago Blackhawks. “It is very, very flattering and humbling for me,” Roenick said. “Being able to play two stints here, the fact that they are recognizing me in this kind of […]
  • DDB: Practices Have Sparked Winning Streak

    GLENDALE – The beginning of this blog is about practice. Not a game. Practice. How silly is that? With apologies to Allen Iverson, it’s not silly at all. The Coyotes had three practices in a row at Arena last week in between games. Since those workouts, the team has posted a 3-0-0 record and […]