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No-quit Yotes continue unbeaten streak; grab Pacific Division lead

I'll stop with the whodathunkit?-themed posts eventually. But the masses of NHL fans who aren't me still won't believe this. Phoenix is tied for top spot in the Western Conference with the Chicago Blackhawks. While I may have skimped a little this weekend by only being able to catch the short-reels of both games (except in the case of the Saturday night thriller overtime featuring those same Blackhawks, a game in which you could literally tell there was a sellout crowd screaming in the desert), I am able to tell you that franchise records were established, set, tied, or hinted at in those two matchups. For what concerns this season, 12 shootout wins leads the league. The Closer (not...

Even old dogs can surprise with new tricks

There was once a time that Phoenix Coyotes' defenseman Adrian Aucoin was better recognized by a nickname that now, come to think of it, is rather harsh in today's context that now makes only discreet mention of everything past a certain part of hockey players' anatomy as "lower body"... Yes. Adrian Agroin. The former Chicago Blackhawks' captain lived through some of the more unfortunate seasons of that franchise, the ones predating the Toewses and the Kanes and the...well, fanbase. Foggy now are the days where they took up the basement of the league, but he was there. He soaked up most of the blame for the two years that followed the lockout and his highly-publicized stint with the I...

Here we go again: NHL sues Jerry Moyes

It's been nearly a year since Jerry Moyes sent the Phoenix Coyotes to bankruptcy court in order to sell them to Jim Balsillie. And after a long legal battle which ended with Balsillie giving up on his nearly decade-long battle to own an NHL franchise and move them to Canada, it seems as though it's about to get a little bit longer for most of the parties involved. As of Friday, the NHL has filed a lawsuit against the former owner, alleging that Moyes breached his contract and violated a number of agreements between himself and the league when he set into motion the bankruptcy proceedings that flooded the hockey headlines throughout the summer and early fall. "The league claims that Mo...

Howl if you're ready for the playoffs

Who could've predicted this? The Phoenix Coyotes are being called the early winners of Trade Deadline Day 2010. In a day that by no means went quickly, GM Don Maloney managed to make the most noise, acquiring the likes of Lee Stempniak, Derek Morris, Mathieu Schneider, Alexandre Picard, Petteri Nokelainen and Wojtek Wolski. At least three of those names were considered highly enough to be on the watch list as per network trade coverage, and just five picks and five players were shed in order to get them all. Only one of these, Peter Mueller, was on Phoenix's original roster (though after I wrote this, recent signing Anders Eriksson also disappeared in a minor deal.) With moves l...

Coyotes Trade Mueller and Porter to the Avalanche for Wolski

The Phoenix Coyotes have acquired Wojtek Wolski in exchange for Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter. Wolski, 24 years old and a 1st round pick in 2004, is having the best season of his career. He has 17 goals and 30 assists in 62 games this season. Mueller, 21 years old and a 1st round pick (8th overall) in 2006 has struggled in the last couple of seasons after scoring 54 points in his rookie year. He has 4 goals and 13 assists in 54 games this season. Porter, 23 years old and a 4th round pick in 2004, has spent the majority of the season in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage, recording 15 goals and 25 assists in 52 games this season. He has played 4 games with the Coyotes this seas...

Coyotes Acquire Derek Morris

According to TSN, the Phoenix Coyotes have acquired defenseman Derek Morris from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 4th round pick in 2011. Morris actually spent five seasons with the Coyotes until he was traded to the Rangers at the deadline last season. The Bruins signed Morris in the summer to a one-year contract worth $3.3 million. Morris has 25 points in 58 games this season with the Bruins.

Ex-Flame lights up the desert

Something had to give. The Oilers and Coyotes were both shut out in their last respective games, and neither club had done much in the way of offense recently. Definitely no stranger to the Oilers, former Flames centre Matthew Lombardi had gone without a point in his last five games and easily made up for that by racking up two goals and three assists in the 6-1 final. One could argue he could have even added to that total, as he was dangerous in the Oilers' zone all night long. One could also argue that Dave Tippett deserves credit for putting him on the wing and having ex-Hab Robert Lang take over as centreman (Lang finished with 3 points of his own, for those interested). See t...

Don't leave the desert without them

I feel like I need more than my homemade Zbynek Michalek t-shirt to qualify for writing about the Coyotes, but like said t-shirt, I can assure you that I am an original. It has to be said that Phoenix's story has evolved over the course of the last six months from one of depressing bankruptcy headlines to one of continually stringing victories (and fans) together, which makes my job here at The Checking Line a little easier. My self-diagnosed addiction to this particular team is almost a year old, but they've had my intrigue since a little after the lockout. After joining the hockey fandom almost 12 years ago with the Turner Stevensons and the Andy Moogs of the Montreal Canadiens th...

Ice Edge Close To Purchasing Coyotes

After winning a long drawn out court battle against Jim Balsillie to purchase the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, it appears that the National Hockey League has found a buyer they like. According to TSN, Ice Edge investment group is on the brink of finalizing the deal for the Coyotes franchise. Ice Edge were one of the groups that bid for the bankrupt franchise this past summer but eventually dropped out. The NHL purchased the Phoenix Coyotes from Jerry Moyes for $140 million. The sale to Ice Edge is reported to be approximately $150 million and the investment group does plan on keeping the team in Phoenix. The league bought the team in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for about US$140 million afte...

Judge Says No To Balsillie And NHL


Judge Redfield T. Baum has made a decision and it favours neither Jim Balsillie nor the National Hockey League, the two parties who submitted bids to purchase the suffering franchise. Judge Baum has decided that neither bid was sufficient and has thus rejected both bids. Jim Balsillie has announced that he will not appeal the decision. From TSN.. Judge Baum threw out the $242.5 million (US) bid by Balsillie, saying it could not work because he could not properly satisfy the NHL's rights regarding relocation. "In the final analysis, the court cannot find or conclude that the interests of the NHL can be adequately protected if the Coyotes are moved to Hamilton without first havin...