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Off the Ice: Taking a look back at the 2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes

I hate writing this piece. Not only because this means the Phoenix Coyotes’ season is done for the year, but writing it for the second time in a row in mid-April makes it all the more painful. Also, this is your chance to laugh at how wrong I was. After such a promising start, the […]
9 years ago
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Coyotes close season with win in ‘hollow’ game

At 8:33 p.m. Sunday, the Phoenix Coyotes’ 2013-2014 season officially came to a close. The game, once possibly a playoff decider, was decribed as “hollow” by head coach Dave Tippett. His team may have emerged as the victor in a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars, but no matter the outcome, he and his squad […]
9 years ago
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Coyotes’ woeful stretch run shows it’s time for change

There comes a time in life when all good things come to an end. An ice cold beer. “How I Met Your Mother.” A playoff run. The Phoenix Coyotes were officially eliminated from the playoffs Friday courtesy of a 3-0 win by the Dallas Stars over the St. Louis Blues. But let’s face it: The […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Confidence key if Coyotes are going to make playoffs

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Confidence is a funny thing. Too low of an amount and a man can look diminished, weak. Too much and the man grows too tall, easily tripping himself up. And just the right amount makes him look taller. It’ll even let him cover up a few mistakes. It’s pretty clear the Phoenix […]
9 years ago
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Ice Bites: Grading Phoenix Coyotes trade for Martin Erat

The National Hockey League trade window has come to a close and, after all the dust settled, the Phoenix Coyotes were up a winger, a pick and a prospect and down three prospects and a veteran defenseman. After it was all said and done, every hockey pundit took to the Internet to grade the trades, […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Should the Phoenix Coyotes make a move for a left wing?

Let’s talk trades, shall we? As it stands, the Phoenix Coyotes are a bubble team this season at best. I’m not bashing the team, but being realistic. They’re not giving their defense the leads it needs, and they are finding ways to let points slip through their fingers. It’s simple. So, where’s the problem? As […]
9 years ago
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Mike Eruzione: Team USA an underdog in Sochi? Try favorites

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Hockey wasn’t really that big of a deal to Americans in the lead-up to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. After all, why should it be? The Americans didn’t medal in the 1976 games and everyone, and I mean everyone, knew the Soviet Union was going to win. How could they […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Pressure on for Coyotes in playoff hunt ahead of Olympic break

The National Hockey League is taking a break soon for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Phoenix Coyotes are three points out of the playoffs. That’s not good. But it’s not the end of the world. Phoenix is part of one of the toughest Western Conference races in recent memory. Five other teams are […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Paul Bissonnette deserves a regular spot with Coyotes

There’s more to a hockey team than forwards, defensemen and goalies. I’m not sure I’ve ever begun a column with such an obvious statement, but it’s true. Team officials spend hours poring over the perfect fit for their team, that perfect player to drop in to the lineup that will make the difference in a […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Phoenix Coyotes clicking without their captain

Coyotes captain Shane Doan missed his third straight game with an undetermined illness Thursday against the New York Islanders. While the Coyotes didn’t exactly struggle on the ice (they won 6-3), it’s strange to watch a team that looks to Doan when times get tough. Say, nearly blowing a 4-1 lead? But the team can’t […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Phoenix Coyotes getting offensive

When we writers cover a game, we don’t just sit there and stare at the ice. We talk. Generally about really unimportant topics (our weekend, personal lives, the latest video games), but sometimes we hit on a really good topic. We found a real gem on Saturday. After Connor Murphy scored the first NHL goal […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Phoenix Coyotes quietly turning Glendale into fortress

We’re all familiar with the old adage that a man’s home is his castle. But for the Phoenix Coyotes, that phrase is taking on a new meaning for the 2013-2014 season: The Coyotes are quietly turning Jobing.com Arena into a fortress. In case you’re unaware, the team has yet to take a regulation time loss […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Are lineup shifts sparking Mike Ribeiro’s play?

Sometimes change is a good thing. And in the case of Phoenix Coyotes center Mike Ribeiro, it could be the spark that gets him going. The highly-touted free agent, who signed with Phoenix over the summer, has posted a point in each of his last four games, including his first goal in a Coyotes sweater […]
9 years ago
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Taking a look at the 2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes

How in the world is it hockey season already? Wait, I don’t care. Because the return of hockey means the end of baseball, no more summer temperatures and a new era of Phoenix Coyotes hockey. In case you missed it during the offseason (read: you live under a rock), the Coyotes sale was finally completed […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Lucas Lessio more NHL-ready than Max Domi

The Phoenix Coyotes have found themselves in a great spot at the close of the preseason. They have two young players, Max Domi and Lucas Lessio, battling for a roster spot. Both are just steps away from being full-on NHL-caliber players. The team is likely to assign one to a minor league team before Sept. […]
9 years ago
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Off the Ice: Five roster questions for Phoenix Coyotes camp

It’s that time of year again, when veterans and selected rookies alike around the National Hockey League return to camp and writers (like me) who took a long summer break (again, like me) working on other projects (heyo) dust off the old keyboard and get back to talking hockey. And boy is it a good […]
10 years ago
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Off the Ice: Time for fans to repay Phoenix Coyotes owners is now

The Phoenix Coyotes ownership saga is over. After more than four years, the team has a home in Glendale. It has an owner. There are no more questions of relocation or dissolving the franchise. The folks over at Renaissance Sports and Entertainment — along with a small part played by the city of Glendale — […]
10 years ago
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Off the Ice: When it comes to the Phoenix Coyotes deal, only two nights matter

Remember these two dates: July 14, 2013 and Jan. 24, 2014. They are very important when discussing whether the Phoenix Coyotes should leave Glendale for good. In case you missed it — or you live under a rock — the Coyotes are in a bit of an ownership pickle. They haven’t had an owner since […]
10 years ago
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Don Maloney contract is first step on long road

One down, two to go. When the Phoenix Coyotes announced that they had re-signed General Manager Don Maloney to a “long-term contract” on Friday, I let out a mixed sigh of relief and frustration. Maloney is one of the biggest reasons for the Coyotes’ success over the past few seasons. He was signed to the […]
10 years ago
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Off the Ice: 2013 Phoenix Coyotes were anything but predictable

Well, that’s done. The Phoenix Coyotes wrapped up their season Saturday with a win in Anaheim, finishing with 51 points in 48 games. Not their worst season, but not their best. Because I’m a sick person, I decided to take a look back at my original season predictions for the Coyotes. In retrospect, I didn’t […]
10 years ago
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Off the Ice: It’s do or die for the Phoenix Coyotes

Six games. Six games without a win. Six long games full of penalties, a new scoreless record and nothing but frustration. The Phoenix Coyotes haven’t won a game since Pope Francis was brought in. Maybe they’re not praying enough or they’re still stuck on Benedict, but the time has come for the Coyotes to play […]
10 years ago
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Off the Ice: Beware of the big bad Shane Doan

On Thursday night, I saw something I never thought I would see before: a Shane Doan who was mad, not at himself, not at referees, but his teammates. And it’s about damn time. The Phoenix Coyotes are currently in the midst of a five-game skid, the longest in years. In those games, they set a […]
10 years ago
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Off the Ice: Possible trade targets for the Phoenix Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes have done a complete 180 over the past week. Despite an offense that seemed to be chugging along, the Coyotes have failed to register a goal in 194:05 of play. Think about that. The last time they scored, the Catholic Church was still looking for its new pope. The Coyotes’ offense has […]
10 years ago
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Off the Ice: A midseason look at the Phoenix Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes are just over halfway through the NHL season and it’s been marked by plenty of ups and downs. The team struggled at first, to the point where some overanxious fans were calling for trades, but picked it up as of late. They have been as high as fourth in the Western Conference […]
10 years ago