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Coyotes’ Yandle: “We got more confidence in our netminder than theirs”

May 12, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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The mood was light in Phoenix this afternoon as the Coyotes practiced in advance of Sunday’s Western Conference finals Game 1 against the LA Kings.

Following the skate, Don Maloney, Dave Tippett, Shane Doan, Mike Smith and Keith Yandle sat and shot the breeze with reporters about a variety of subjects: Smith’s Wikipedia entry, Doan’s observations of Ray Whitney (“he’s a lot older”) and Yandle’s take on Jonathan Quick.

That last one was kind of interesting. Here’s how it went:

REPORTER: Keith, could you talk about the goaltending matchup in this series, two hottest goalies in the league. The fact that you have the ability to get a few past Pekka Rinne, a pretty good goalie, in the last round?

YANDLE: Yeah, we faced two good goalies so far with Crawford and Rinne. We’ve been able to solve them. We know Quick is a good goalie, great goalie, playing well. We got more confidence in our net minder than theirs.

DOAN: And he’s friends with Quick.

(I think this might be a New England thing — Yandle, 25, is from Milton, MA. and Quick, 26, is from Milford, CT.)

Other things we learned from Saturday’s presser:

— According to Doan, Yandle’s nickname is “Jelly”.

— Smith says backup goalie Jason LaBarbera came up with their celebratory handshake:

— Maloney corrected a reporter who asked about Whitney’s three-year deal. “I wish it was three, because it was only two,” he said. “Unfortunately [Whitney’s] up at the end of this year.”

  1. barroomhero80 - May 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    You wish puppies. Kings are gonna kill ya. GO KINGS GO!

  2. blomfeld - May 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    “Sever relations with Yandle immediately !” …

    Obviously we can’t tell Quick what to do. But if we could, then that would be my advice to him ! At any rate, this article may as well have been written in Chinese, because none of this jibberish makes any sense ? … “we’ve got more confidence in our netminder than they have in theirs” … what is that, some kind of a joke ?

    Regardless, I’ve now had a vision where the entire Kings team goes on a maniacal rampage ! Despite our impressive 8-1 playoff record so far, we Kings have yet to weigh in with a full broadside from our big guns. However I’m convinced that this will happen and I can see it starting tomorrow night ! Obviously I know that the Coyotes and their fans “mean well” … and apart from their perverted finances, I’ve nothing against them personally. But they’re the “enemy” now and they’re standing in our way … therefore they must and will be “dealt with”. I can even see our Kings’ getting into “double digits” in terms scoring, during these next few nights ! In fact, there’s a very real possibility now that in the aftermath, this phoney “House Which Gary Built” may not even survive as an organization, such will be the “mauling” that they’re about to receive from us ! So get ready friends ! .. less than 24 hours to go ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. oside760 - May 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    i hope he was trying to imply that the coyotes, not the kings, dont have confidence in quick. either way the coyotes have an ice cubes chance in hell. NONE! GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. highlander24 - May 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Keep it coming my friends! GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!

  5. blomfeld - May 13, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    *** Just yesterday in a little town south of Phoenix called Tombstone ***

    Blomfeld, Highlander, Oside: halt ! … just where do you boys think you’re going ?

    sjsharksfans-11/66/99: we’s a just leaving town ! … we ain’t got no quarrel with ya’ll !

    Blomfeld, Highlander, Oside: word is, you boys have been talking trash about our Kings ?

    sjsharksfans-11/66/99: heck, we ain’t done that !.. but if we did, we was just kidd’n like …

    Highlander: watch it Blom ! … they’re all armed !

    Oside: you men throw your guns down now !

    sjsharksfans-11/66/99: we’s a hate you ! … we ain’t do’n nothing you says !

    Blomfeld: let em have it ! … KAPOW ! .. KABOOM ! .. KAZAM !

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