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Coyotes' Busy Offseason Continues with Galchenyuk Trade

Coyotes' Busy Offseason Continues with Galchenyuk Trade

June 19th, 2018 John Chayka, the general manager of the Arizona Coyotes, has been an extremely busy man since the NHL's regular season came to an end on Apr. 7. The 'Yotes have made multiple trades and signings over the past two-plus months, and they could continue to be active as we approach the start of both...
Coyotes the Canadiens Should Have Gotten

Coyotes the Canadiens Should Have Gotten

June 19th, 2018 In case it needs to be said, Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi is not a bad player. He’s just not the player the Habs should have acquired for Alex Galchenyuk, and that reasoning isn’t solely based on the argument that Domi is a downgrade on the left side (based on many metrics). Domi...

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April 9th, 2018
Long Read

As hard as it is to believe, we've come to the end of yet another NHL regular season. For the sixth consecutive year, the Arizona Coyotes are on the outside of the playoffs looking in, but there are reasons for optimism going forward. Rookie forward Clayton Keller emerged as a legitimate superstar this season, while other young players like Brendan Perlini, Christian Dvorak, and Jakob Chychrun continued to take steps forward in their development. Veterans like Alex Goligoski, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Derek Stepan reminded us why the organization made it a priority to lock them up long-term. We even saw flashes of brilliance from 2015 third-overall selection Dylan Strome, who looks to be ready to play in the NHL full-time next season. Of course, the play of Antti Raanta was nothing short of spectacular - his .942 SV% since Jan. 1 was the best in the league among starters, while his .930 SV% for the season is the highest among netminders who played at least 35 games this season....
April 2nd, 2018
Column

With just one week to go in the regular season, the Arizona Coyotes are still playing hard despite having been unofficially eliminated from playoff contention since early November. In the words of head coach Rick Tocchet, this team could easily have "packed it in" for the year, but they haven't - they're 16-8-2 since Feb. 6, and have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the second half of the season. Coyotes - So Hot Right Now After their disappointing loss to the Florida Panthers on Mar. 24, the 'Yotes stayed in the Sunshine State for a matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. The Bolts have been the league's best offensive team this season, averaging 3.51 goals per game, but the Coyotes and goaltender Antti Raanta decisively shut them down. "Rants" stopped 19 of the 20 Tampa shots he faced on the night en route to yet another victory by the score of 4-1. The Coyotes then flew back to the Pacific Time Zone after four games out East and began a...
March 26th, 2018
Long Read

As the NHL's regular season winds down, one would expect that the Arizona Coyotes, who have essentially been eliminated from playoff contention since early November, would pack it in and simply "go through the motions" over the final few weeks as they look forward to a long offseason with their families. However, they've done just the opposite -- they appear to have fully embraced playing the role of spoiler, and will have many more opportunities to affect the playoff position of their conference rivals over the season's final two weeks. Coyotes Playing Meaningful Games The Coyotes, following their disappointing home loss to the Minnesota Wild on Mar. 17, got back on the ice last Monday and wrapped up a five-game homestand against Mike Smith and the Calgary Flames, who desperately needed a victory to stay in the playoff race in the Western Conference. This was Smith's first game at Gila River Arena since being traded over the offseason, and the Coyotes jumped all over him, scoring...
March 19th, 2018
Column

On paper, the Arizona Coyotes had a tough week, as they lost two of three on home ice. However, when considering the fact that each of the three teams Arizona faced are fighting for playoff position in the Western Conference, it becomes clear that this team has continued to take steps forward. Coyotes Competitive Against Top Teams Following their hard-fought 1-0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Mar. 11, the Coyotes opened last week with a matchup against the rival Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Gila River Arena. With starting goaltender Antti Raanta on the shelf due to an injury, and with backup netminder Darcy Kuemper under the weather with an illness, the goaltending duties fell to rookie Adin Hill, who was making his first NHL start since Oct. 26. Hill was outstanding in this one - he stopped 34 of the 37 Los Angeles shots he faced in regulation and overtime, and his teammates got him the win in the shootout after the rookie turned away four of five Kings skaters he...