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Stempniak re-signs with Phoenix, BizNasty2point0 signs in on Twitter

In late Monday news, the Coyotes and forward Lee Stempniak have reached a deal reportedly worth $3.8 million over the next two years, officialized today by the club. The twenty-seven year old forward racked up 14 goals and four assists after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2010 NHL trade deadline. He was less fortunate in the playoff points department (two assists in seven games) which is surely something he's going to be counted on to improve if Phoenix wants to go above and beyond last season. Having lost a few key acquisitions, notably Matthew Lombardi on offense, Stempniak is expected to be one of the core elements in the Coyotes' goal-production this year. Mea...

Too early to call this a steal, but...

I have news for the 12 teams that went to the podium at the Staples Center first last night. (Save maybe the first two.) Sucks to be you. But never mind where Brandon Gormley was supposed to go (and I don't mean Calgary, but I'll take a bittersweet bite out of them too, thanks Darryl). He received ample praise from E.J. McGuire that may have lifted much weight out of the Wait, so to speak, in that Gormley was compared to Olympian Shea Weber. He has also drawn a few similarities from another Moncton defenseman, now teammate, Keith Yandle. While each former #3 Wildcat rocked their own blueline in their respective eras of the QMJHL, Yandle is more offensive-minded whereas Gormley ...

The Time To Move Is Now Gary: an Open Letter To Gary Bettman

Dear Mr. Bettman, I’m going to be blunt with you Gary; I’m not going to sugar-coat anything. Look around you, Gary. You’ve got ownership problems with a number of franchises. Every time you seem to get one squared away, like Tampa, another one or two crop up (Los Angeles and Phoenix for example). It’s time to make some hard choices my friend. No one wants to admit they’ve made a mistake. But if you haven’t already noticed, most of the franchises that are experiencing ownership problems and/or financial issues are in the Sun Belt; where you so bravely expanded the NHL to in the ‘90’s. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have done that but maybe you went a little too far wit...

One storied season, here's to many more

There is so much to celebrate in the season that concluded last night. But with a final score of 6-1, that may not be so visible right away. Example: most teams down by that many would just let go and skate out the final minutes, disgraced by the insurmountable embarrassment. Not the Phoenix Coyotes, who pushed towards the opposing zone and continually away from their own, not wanting Ilya Bryzgalov to have to suffer any more than he already had up until that point. There was the same frenetic pace in their movements as there had been all game long, despite knowing their initial mission had failed. The game itself was about the constant battle of momentum, played out for the most pa...

3 for 5 ... for seven

There will be a Game 7 in Arizona on Tuesday. The Phoenix Coyotes pulled out the big guns with their backs against the wall. Aggressive, no-quit control on the puck. Hitting even the hardest of hitters on the Detroit side. Defensemen pinching up on each attack. Presence in front of the net. And lo and behold... A FUNCTIONAL POWER PLAY? Say it ain't so. A passing grade: 3/5, heavy upgrade over the previous score (which frankly is too depressing to even try to look up, but you can bet there are many appearances by the number zero). Why it took this long to get a bona fide solution, who also goes by the name Mathieu Schneider, for the man-advantage we'll never know. But it w...

Whiteout in Cowtown? Flames fans resort to cheering for Yotes

Is it just me or are there a lot of people in Calgary cheering for the Phoenix Coyotes? Case in point, I was out on Friday night at a bar on 17th avenue grabbing a couple of beverages after the Hitmen game, while catching glimpses of the Yotes Wings game on the screen behind me. And to my amazement, and less than the time it took for me to order a beer an enormous cheer was let out in the bar as if the Flames had just been allowed back into the playoffs on account of good behaviour. Unfortunately this pipe dream was not the case, but instead it was a goal by Coyote Captain Shane Doan that set the place a blaze. Ok, so maybe I over exaggerated the level of cheer, but it was a defin...

Octopi and Snakes: Two Unlikely Adversaries

The Red Wings were supposed to be a natural choice for home-ice advantage. The Coyotes weren't supposed to be anywhere near the playoffs, let alone 4th-best in the entire league. This wasn't supposed to happen. But here we are. Taking into consideration the assumptions made in September versus what actually happened for 82 games for both teams constitutes exactly what makes this series difficult to predict. But the NHL's motto for this year seems to be "expect the unexpected." If you had told me Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby would be sharing the Rocket Richard Trophy and that AO was shut out of both that and the Art Ross I might have laughed you out of the room. But more to t...