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  • Off the Ice: Miele confirms his own potential

    It’s official. Hobey Baker award winner and Coyotes top prospect Andy Miele is going to be a part of the roster for a while. With Kyle Turris still a contractual hold-out, the Coyotes had a choice between Petteri Nokelainen and Miele. Nokelainen was dealt to the Canadiens, so it’s obvious the team is banking on […]
  • DDB: Miele to make NHL debut Sunday

    GLENDALE – I had a chance to speak with Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney during Friday’s practice and I asked him to explain why the team recalled center Andy Miele from the American Hockey League. “Andy had a strong training camp and he’s been our best player in the AHL and we think he can […]
  • Off the Ice: Kyle Turris for Zach Parise trade topics tackled

    On Wednesday, I tweeted a rumor about the New Jersey Devils being interested in Phoenix Coyotes holdout center Kyle Turris and the possibility that the Coyotes may be able to pry Zach Parise away from the Devils. Boy, did that get some responses. @ghosthoffa, along with @HR1616, see Parise’s value and know that the Devils […]
  • DDB: Maloney analyzes first five games

    GLENDALE – So, what do we know about the 2011-12 Coyotes after five games? Certainly there have been some highs and some lows already in the young season. I asked General Manager Don Maloney what he thought on Wednesday after the team’s practice inside Arena. “We’ve seen some extremes, that’s for sure,” Maloney said. […]
  • Off the Ice: Defense-first just isn’t working

    When you look at the numbers, the Phoenix Coyotes and their defense-first emphasis seems to be working really well. They have allowed just as many goals as they have scored (16) and have slightly less shots than their opponents (151 to 156) in the first five games. But their record doesn’t back the numbers, as […]
  • DDB: Ekman-Larsson emerging as key cog

    GLENDALE – Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson appears poised to have a breakout season in the NHL. Ekman-Larsson’s three goals in four games this season are tops in the NHL among defensemen and tied for fifth for all skaters. “Ekman-Larsson has taken the next step,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said after Saturday’s 4-1 win over […]
  • DDB: Bissonnette Eager for “Fun Rivalry” to Begin

    GLENDALE — Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has more than 147,000 followers on Twitter so he’s used to getting chirped online on a daily basis about his off-ice escapades, his playing time and a wide variety of other topics. Lately, @BizNasty2point0, has been getting plenty of chirps from fans of the Winnipeg Jets regarding Saturday’s game […]
  • 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 […]