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PHT Morning Skate: Where Doan thinks Coyotes have mid-market potential in Glendale

Nov 2, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Connor McDavid, who is still just 15 years old, has been selected as the OHL Rookie of the Month. Sidney Crosby recently said that McDavid reminds him of himself and he’s hardly the only person to praise the young prospect. (

Edmonton Oilers prospect Brandon Davidson has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He’ll start treatment immediately and plans to “battle through this.” (Edmonton Journal)

Don Lonergan isn’t a player or an owner, but he’s one of the many people who are financially hurt by the ongoing NHL lockout. (Chicago Tribune)

Shane Doan still believes that Glendale is a viable hockey market. He thinks if they get an owner that reassures fans that the team will not move, then they’ll be able to capitalize on their recent on-ice success and become a “middle of the pack” team revenue wise. He also noted that the lockout hasn’t done them any favors when it comes to growing their fanbase after their impressive playoff run. (ESPN)

Depending on the length of this lockout, unrestricted free agent Andrew Brunette might have played in his last NHL game. Or, as Brunette put it, “I’ve got one foot in the grave and one foot on the ice with the casket slowly creaking to a close.” (Star Tribune)

Steven Stamkos is going to wait at least another two or three weeks before signing with a European club. (Tampa Bay Times)

  1. antkowiak666 - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    today’s the BIG day for the NHL….the cancellation of the BIGGEST CASH COW game ot the regular season. you guys are doing a really great job on making OUR game irrelevant.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Just when it was starting to really steal attention away from the “BS”CS bowl games. Frustrating.

  2. blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Today’s forecast for Phoenix AZ … 86 degrees and sunny ! :)

    Despite the fact that he probably means well, Doan is nonetheless a “predictable” nincompoop. Ice hockey will “never” be viable in the land of hot desert and scorpions, as it’s simply not an “indigenous” game for the people of the Southwest ! Quite frankly, it makes about as much sense as some fool starting up a “banana-growing plantation” in Canada’s high arctic. And you can also forget about trying to entice all those well-healed Easterners & condescending Canadians in Scottsdale. That’s already been done for over a decade now and they simply aren’t buying ! The bottom line is that Bettman’s “Sunbelt” dream is a complete & utter failure and only when he finally admits as much, can the damage then start to be undone. In the meantime, the league’s financial woes will simply continue, though it’ll probably even worsen.

    Other “sunbelt” forecasts for Friday November 2nd:

    Miami – 80 degrees and sunny
    Dallas – 88 degrees and sunny
    Miami – 80 degrees and sun/cloud mix
    Tampa – 81 degrees and sunny

    • thailer35 - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      Aren’t you a Kings fan? What is the forecast for L.A. this weekend? Oh yeah, 70 today, 81 tomorrow, 86 Sunday, and then come Monday it will be at 90.

      Keep the chatter going. You’ll see someday that the fact the Coyotes are in Phoenix has little to nothing to do with their attendance numbers.

      P.S. I’m assuming since there are two Miami’s on your list here that you mean both Miami, FL and Miami, OK?

      • blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        You better believe I’m a King’s fan pal … and I’m a pretty darn good one at that ! I’ll also have you know that today’s high in LA is only going to be 70 degrees ! … “buuurrrrrr” :)

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