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  • 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 […]
  • Kyle Turris should be given a shot

    An article on ESPN’s Cross Checks Blog, asked if Phoenix Coyotes prospect Kyle Turris will get his shot this season. He has underperformed and is asking for a large contract, possibly reflecting a major ego issue. I can’t deny that Turris’ play hasn’t been up to par. His 19 goals in 131 games as a […]
  • DDB: Doan Thrilled to be Reunited with Langkow

    GLENDALE – Coyotes captain Shane Doan is thrilled to be reunited with center Daymond Langkow, whom Phoenix re-acquired Monday in a trade with the Calgary Flames. Doan and Langkow were roommates on road trips during Langkow’s first stint with the Coyotes from 2001-04. They formed a bond that has stood the test of time and […]
  • Langkow trade good for Doan, bad for Coyotes

    When the Phoenix Coyotes swapped forward Lee Stempniak for center Daymond Langkow, captain Shane Doan had a big smile on his face. I’m not smiling. Now, I’m a confessed Doan fan – his sweater is hanging in my closet – but I think this trade puts the Coyotes attack at risk. Stempniak was a good […]
  • Coyotes trade for Daymond Langkow, part with Lee Stempniak

    The Phoenix Coyotes announced Monday they completed a trade with the Calgarly Flames, acquiring center Daymond Langkow in exchange for right wing Lee Stempniak. Lankgkow, 34, was with the Coyotes from 2001-03, but has spent the last six seasons with the Flames. He missed most of last season with an upper body injury. “We are […]
  • 2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes’ Season Just Around Corner

    GLENDALE – I realize it doesn’t feel like it outside in the triple-digit heat, but the Coyotes’ off-season quickly is coming to an end. In 11 days, the crew at Arena will begin installing the ice for the 2011-12 season, and soon after they’re finished training camp will begin for the rookies and the […]
  • Former NHL owner in line to buy Phoenix Coyotes

    Can it be true? The Phoenix Business Journal said that the former owner of the San Jose Sharks is ready to snap up the owner-less Phoenix Coyotes – and that a sales agreement could be worked out as soon as next week. Coyotes fans, this is good, good news. Greg Jamison, the interested buyer and […]
  • Desert Dog Blog: Murphy Undergoes Knee Surgery

    GLENDALE – Prospect Connor Murphy underwent a knee scope in the Valley on Monday afternoon to repair a torn meniscus he suffered last week during the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp In Lake Placid, N.Y. Murphy, who will stay in Arizona for a few days to begin rehabilitation, is facing between two to four […]