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Three new players welcomed to pack

The Phoenix Coyotes added some grit, depth and goaltending on Friday to begin their plunge into the free agency market, also bringing back a familiar face.  Raffi Torres (2 years, $3.5M), Boyd Gordon (2 years, $2.65M) and Mike Smith (2 years, $4M) were all signed to contracts, while Radim Vrbata re-signed with the club in a three-year, $9 million deal of his own.


Welcome (back, for one)! In the opposite vein, defenseman Ed Jovanovski left for Florida, veteran centreman Eric Belanger found a new home with the Oilers and Vernon Fiddler became a Star.


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Torres was last seen in the not-so-distant past.  The Stanley Cup finalist appe...

'Yotes end draft with local flavour


Scottsdale native Zac Larraza was selected by the team he idolized this weekend, in the 7th round, 196th overall.
Photo: phoenixcoyotes.com

Six forwards and two defensemen were added to the pack on draft weekend, beginning with blueliner Connor Murphy, picked 20th overall. The 6 foot 3 native of Dublin, Ohio will play for Miami University in fall 2011 after having played only 14 games this year for the American Under-18 team due to injury, recording six points. Previous to that, he went 7-11-18 when he laced up for 35 games with the Columbus Jr. Blue Jackets. His father Gord is an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers, having played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston...

Hit the 'Reset' Button

They're staying. Yes, that's really all you need to know, isn't it? Let the heads shake and the tongues roll but it's not going to get anyone very far. At least not this year. While Coyotes' fans do get to heave a sigh of relief, let it be known that they're also feeling the bitterness of seemingly everyone else in the league, but in a different manner. Not only because they've endured this real-life version of snakes and ladders for two years, but because they're right back at square one. Photo: phoenixcoyotes.com The Glendale City Council agreed 5-2 late Tuesday to pay the National Hockey League up to an additional $25 million so the Phoenix Coyotes could stay another year...

The...end?

So I get to do the first big post-mortem of this 2010-11 season. Needless to say, it's not something that makes me very happy or that I was very much looking forward to. In fact, I'd probably rather put my head in a vat of eels. But I was saved from detailing the more unpleasant, heartwrenching thoughts brought on by the outcome of this series by my colleague here at TCL, Jordan Kuhns. No one knows what's going to happen now, and that thought is potentially more devastating than how the series ended. This was supposed to be the chance at revenge, it was supposed to be the exclamation point on the breakthroughs of last season, it was supposed to be the year people would stop asking who...

Coyote Ugly

PHOTO CREDIT: AP Such a shame. Just such a huge shame. The Phoenix Coyotes needed this series to be a rallying point. They needed it to gain favorable opinion, and they needed it big time. Ever since the team moved to Phoenix, the team and its ownership have lost considerable amounts of money. There were years that the "Desert Dogs" were completely forgotten about. The team was located in a bad spot from the very beginning, not to mention tooled with very average players. The only real glory years they could look back to were their beginnings in the late 90s. The team gained tons of popular support. Plenty of fans came out to take part in the White Out. They were Phoenix f...

Déjà vu, or welcome revenge?

While the outcomes of just about every Stanley Cup playoff series were decided in nail-biting, nervous-wreck fashion on Sunday, a rematch of last year's best-of-seven first round series opposing the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes seemed imminent--and somewhat logical, in all the madness--for this year's Western Conference quarterfinals. The Coyotes got 4 out of a possible 8 points in their April contests after having gone 9-4-1-0 in March. The Red Wings had also split their contests this month before the grand, nationally televised finale against the Chicago Blackhawks that saw them hold on for a 4-3 final. With all the kerfuffle boiling over during the past two days, the f...

Phoenix Acquires Last Original Jacket

The Phoenix Coyotes added some help to their blueline on Monday, shipping forward Scottie Upshall and defenseman Sami Lepisto to Columbus in exchange for Rostislav Klesla. Photo: Life.com Upshall had 27 points in 61 games this season, 16 of them goals. He was tied for first in that category along with Radim Vrbata and Taylor Pyatt. Lepisto, for his part, had racked up 11 points in 51 games and was in and out of the lineup before the Coyotes' defense corps became rattled by injuries, such as Ed Jovanovski's broken orbital bone that required surgery ten days ago. Without him, the Coyotes had to fill a need for a defensive defenseman with enough experience to bring them into the play...

'Yotes Win Streak Extends its Roots

Yesterday the Shane Doan hockey card tree was born. Its creation was not planned, per se (impromptu trip to the card store with friends = every single Doan card being thrown in my direction, even on the part of the manager) but it was certainly timely, as last night's game marked his 1,098th in the league, tying the Jets/Coyotes' all-time games played mark last reached by Teppo Numminen. Then he did one better than that, scoring in overtime against the Philadelphia Flyers to secure Phoenix's eighth straight win with a "heck of a shot" that flew past Sergei Bobrovsky with just over three minutes left in the extra frame. The goal was his third in as many games, after having undergone a ...

Much Like Vegas, We'll Never Speak of it Again

Tuesday night's last featured NHL game was more than a timely reminder that the All-Star break is indeed over. The Phoenix Coyotes were well on their way to opening the month of February with a bang--or better yet, with a BOOM--but after seeing their 3-0 lead evaporate with five unanswered opposition goals, including one by a familiar face last seen packing his bags on his way out of training camp's Battle of the Kyles, they were stunned by their rival San Jose Sharks in a 5-3 loss. Not long after Ed Jovanovski was boarded by Dany Heatley and forced to leave the first period, Radim Vrbata opened the scoring by deflecting in a Shane Doan point shot on the power play at the 16:11 mark, f...

Turning Wrongs Into Rights

The Phoenix Coyotes are hoping to rebound on the road after a tough pill had to be swallowed Tuesday night with a 4-3 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Dustin Penner scored the game winner with 21.3 seconds left in the third period after the Coyotes saw their 2-0 lead erased by three unanswered opposition goals and had to tie the game only to see it all just slip away so suddenly. Dave Tippett's crew has little time to recoup before facing off against the Avalanche tonight, and the one point they missed getting last night is the same margin that separates the two teams in the current edition of the Western Conference standings. The Avalanche also have a game in hand, and are 15-0-0 when...