Posted on: March 31, 2009 10:56 am
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Matthew Lombardi, Petr Prucha & Scottie Upshall

If the Coyotes have any sense they would keep this tandem together for a long time. Only Matthew Lombardi is under contract for next year. Their chemistry since being brought together has been outstanding and that is saying a lot with the season the Coyotes have had. If only we had gotten these guys right after the All Star break, I think we would of been in the mix for the final playoff spot. Not very often do you throw together three guys from three different teams, put them on the same line and the rest is history. They combined for 7 points in last nights 6-5 OT win over the Stars and have a combined for 29 points in 13 games since being with the team. Here is hoping when they announce the new owner or get their cash influx, we do the right thing.

 

Posted on: March 6, 2009 11:14 am
 

Are the new additions enough for a playoff run?

GM Don Maloney said the chemistry just wasn't there with Olli Jokinen. So when he traded him to Calgary for Matthew Lombardi, did he know what he was doing? My answer is a resounding YES! as Marv Albert would put it. Lombardi has played with Doan before on Team Canada. While he did not register a point in last nights 2-1 win over Boston, his presence was felt on the ice in the face-off circle and with his speed by generating scoring chances.

If you told me that we would get 3 quality players in return for Derik Morris, I would of laughed. Coyotes fans may just have the last laugh anyways, Nigel Dawes, while I didn't know much about him before, I certainly do now. And he is a keeper. Great vision and skater.

The biggest suprise of yesterdays trade deadline regarding the Coyotes though was the trade the brought Scotty Upshall here for Daniel Carcillo. Again, not knowing much about him, but after watching him play and score our first goal, I already liked what I saw. He played that way the whole game and from what I hear, he plays like that all the time.

So who is the big winner after all of the moves made? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Phoenix Coyotes. Sure, we may not get into the playoffs this year. Calgary might make a big run. But when it comes to next year, we will have the pieces put together and Calgary will have a salary cap issue to figure out.

 

Category: NHL
Posted on: February 27, 2009 12:10 pm
 

If the Phoenix Coyotes are not going to care.....

.....then why the hell should I?

The heart, desire, will and want shown before the ASB has completely disappeared. So therefore, my hope, passion, respect and excitement has also disappeared. Have a fire sale I say. Get rid of the clowns who don't want to work, keep the ones who have tried. (there are a few) Call up as many young players as you can and let them play. Nothing to lose now. I have had it this year. I shall again remain optimistic for next year and see what changes have been made.

16-4 over the next 20 is probably the minimum they need to get in this year and I don't see that happening. Good luck everyone with your favorite team. May they give you the excitement that my team could not give me.

Category: NHL
Tags: Coyotes
 
Posted on: February 3, 2009 6:53 pm
 

The Phoenix Coyotes need a PP overhaul.....

.....otherwise, I am afraid, it's lights out on the playoffs again.
They have been shutout a league high 8 times. They are 1 for their last 18, 0 for 13 their last 2 games and overall they are at 13.2%, 29th in the league. It's really amazing that there is another team that is worse.
What's even more amazing is that they are coached by a guy who should know how to set up a power play system.
It's either the players or the system. Even this far into the season I can't point my finger as to which one it is.
We need a solution fast.

Category: NHL
Tags: Coyotes
 
Posted on: January 22, 2009 10:08 am
Edited on: January 22, 2009 10:10 am
 

The Coyotes head into the All-Star break.....

.....in sole posession of the #5 seed. There are 34 games left and 68 points up for grabs. 20 more wins I think gets them in but who knows. It is going to be one hell of a battle as everyone is still basicaly in the hunt. The Blues, who are last in the Western Conference with 42 points are just 9 points out of the 8th spot.

Let's take a look at some things that have gotten Phoenix where they are now. It starts up front with their All-Star captain Shane Doan with 18 goals and 28 assists. I don't think there is a team in the NHL that could not use a guy like Doan. Olli Jokinen has been a nice addition but I kind of expected more. Here is hoping for a better 2nd half from him. The rookies, what can I say. They may not have the best stats, but as far as playing our system and being responsible on the defensive side of the puck, I don't think you could ask for more. Speaking of defense, an area that has improved so much since earlier in the year and probably what has helped got us to this point more than anything, is the improved play of Jovo, Morris, Yandle and Michalek. I think Zbynek Michalek is the most underrated defenseman in the league. Why most defensemen get noticed for their offensive stats, lets face it, that is what wins them the Norris, I don't think they get recognized for playing actual defense. Michalek leads the league in blocked shots. His defensive positioning is superb. I think the sacrifices you make for the sake of your team, far outweighs goals and assists. I think I can add the goaltending of Ilya Bryzgalov to the mix of why Phoenix is where they are right now. Yes, there has been a few bumps in the road, but his play over the last month and a half has been stellar.

Over in the Eastern Conference, only two things that stand out besides Boston of course, are the Penguins and the Panthers. Pittsburgh with all the offensive talent in the world is really struggling on the defensive side of things, while Florida with not alot of offensive talent are right there in the battle for that last spot.

Enjoy the 2nd half, it will be a fun ride.

Category: NHL
Posted on: December 19, 2008 11:11 am
Edited on: December 19, 2008 11:13 am
 

The Phoenix Coyotes move into uncharted territory

Above the playoff line. Since their 7-1 loss to Chicago, Phoenix is 3-0-2 and have moved into the 7th spot in the Western Conference. We all know it's way too early to get excited about the playoffs, but if you are a Coyote fan, then you have reason to be excited. The youth is really being served out in the desert and they are having a tremendous impact already. I can only imagine how much better they will be by March. On top of the youth, has been the stellar play of Ilya Bryzgalov since the aforementioned loss to Chicago. Kyle Turris seems to be turning a corner with his confidence and skating ability. He had his frst 2 goal game of his career last night against Nashville. Enver Lisin may be the fastest player in the NHL and no one knows about him. Newly aquired Joakim Lindstrom has been a big help for Turris. We have Columbus on Saturday night, then embark on a 3 game road trip that takes us to Edmonton, Colorado and LA.
Go Yotes!!!
Category: NHL
Posted on: December 1, 2008 7:09 pm
 

Coyotes still only 2 points out of 8th spot.....

.....despite inconsistant play and being one of the lowest scoring teams in the league. That really tells you alot. 1) It tells you how much Phoenix has improved defensively. You have Zbynek Michalek leading the NHL in blocked shots, a stat that mostly gets overlooked. You have Keith Yandle who has already equalled his point total from all of last year. Then you have veterans Morris and Jovo who have not yet put it all together yet. 2) When we do start scoring, and we will, the close games we have been losing, we will win. I see alot of potential even if I do get on Gretzky's case every now and then. 3) Only thing to be concerned about at this point is the goaltending and the PP. Ilya Bryzgalov still does not give his all every night and has trouble letting in soft goals early in the game. Not a sign of a #1 goaltender. On the other hand you have Mikael Tellqvist who, as a backup, has a .940 save percentage in 6 games. So while Gretzky says IIya is still the main guy, you really have to wonder how it is all going to play out. The PP is an area where I have no clue what the problem is. They are just not moving the puck around fast enough. But it needs to get resolved soon if they want any chance of making the playoffs.
Category: NHL
Posted on: November 19, 2008 12:13 pm
 

Is Gretzky the right guy for the Coyotes?

1-2-1 after games with Columbus, Minnesota, Dallas and Chicago. Three out of a possible eight points is not going to get it done. I am not sure what it is going to take to get this team going. Everytime we lose, Wayne Gretzky always says the other team was beter prepared. Okay, so what you are saying is that you did not prepare your team to play? That is kind of like shooting yourself in the foot. Let's face it, Gretzky was the best player in the history of the NHL, but as far as coaching goes, I think maybe a change is needed. Constant line juggling, an inept PP, lack of consistant offense. I mean those are what Gretzky, the player, excelled at. Gretzky, the coach, has no clue. All the peices are in place. You have had 8 pre-season games, 17 regular season games, numerous practices and we still can not find consistincy and chemistry in the lines. The young guys should be over the shock and awe of the NHL. Kyle Turris looks like he needs another year in the minors and another 20 pounds. Jovo and Morris still look lost. They need to be benched for a game just to send a message. That is another area where Gretzky seems to be lacking. No accountability. Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen are carrying this team with little help from anyone else other than Peter Mueller and Steve Reinprecht. Martin Hanzal has played well on the defensive side for a forward and rookie Mikkel Boedker is the only young player showing any signs of speed and determination. Turris, for being 19 and skinny sure isn't blowing anyone away with his speed. You would also think he could find some open spots on the ice, but that has not been the case. For as great a player Gretzky was, it does not seem he is sharing any of his secrets to his younger players.
So we are 8-8-1 heading into a 4 game road trip that will run through Carolina, Philidelphia, NY Rangers and Columbus. Splitting this trip would be average and that would not be that far from what this season has been so far. And it would not be far from what Gretzky seems to expect out of this team. When you say the other team is/was better prepared, it just does not look good for you. And if the players cannot be prepared for playing for the best player ever, who could prepare them?
Category: NHL
Tags: Coyotes, Gretzky
 
 
 
 
 
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