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It’s Phoenix Coyotes day on PHT

Aug 11, 2013, 9:27 AM EDT

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Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Phoenix Coyotes.

For the first time in four years, talking about the Coyotes over the summer doesn’t necessitate talk about whether or not the team is going to stay in Glendale, Arizona. After all that time, IceArizona led by George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc bought the team from the NHL and now they can all focus on the game on the ice. Thankfully.

Last season, the team had a huge letdown failing to make the playoffs. Coming off a season where they made it to the Western Conference finals, that makes for quite a step backwards. GM Don Maloney stayed vigilant in the offseason, however, as he looks to get the Coyotes back in a position to win a Stanley Cup.

Offseason recap

The Coyotes summer was mostly spent on spending cash to lock guys into staying in Arizona. Goalie Mike Smith signed a lucrative six-year contract. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson inked a six-year deal of his own. Throw in free agent pickup Mike Ribeiro and his juicy four-year deal and you can’t accuse the Coyotes of not spending money.

Of course, deals like that will raise questions. Did they give Smith too much money based on one excellent season two years ago? Is Ribeiro the answer for them at center? Will Ekman-Larsson finally grab everyone by the face and make them see how excellent he is? If anything, the biggest question for coach Dave Tippett is: Is it all enough?

The Coyotes still have some questions surrounding their roster heading into next season, but at the very least wondering if they’ll be in Arizona next season isn’t one of them.

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  1. esracerx46 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    And after its the Arizona Coyotes, it’ll be the Seattle sound or whatever name you want to give them.

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Glad that we’ve still got the coyotes for road trips. Next up is new franchises in Seattle and Portland so the coyotes can move to the central.then all divisions are even steven.

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Coyotes will be in tough to get to fourth in the division competing against the ducks for that spot. Canucks, sharks and kings will fight for the top three slots.

  2. reeggss - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    they put a lot of cash into Ekman-Larsson and Smith assuming they become franchise players/goalie.

  3. multiplemiggs - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    isnt it Phoenix Coyotes Day everyday on here?

    • ron05342 - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Gold.

  4. blomfeld - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    HAPPY LEHMAN BROTHERS DAY !

    Of course unlike the ill-fated financial services firm, our friends in Phoenix now live on to fight another day … and so ‘praise be’ for that ! With all kidding aside, you do have to admire the Coyotes and their fans for their resilience and determination. Despite the mockery and scorn which ‘east coast’ snobs have been heaping upon them, despite the ‘never-ending’ parade of financial gangsters who’ve tried to sully their books and despite the legions of ‘wealthy’ Scottsdale-based Canadians who’ve refused to support their cause … somehow through it all, these ‘plucky and dogged’ Coyotes have managed to survive! I believe there’s a song which contains a line about “our flag still being there” or something which I think is very appropriate in the case of these proud and courageous Coyotes. So best wishes to you Phoenix Coyotes and may God speed …

    ps: we Kings & Coyotes are gonna have a blast cleaning up the Pacific this year ! :)

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