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BizNasty says it ‘sucks’ not returning to Coyotes

Jul 15, 2014, 10:33 PM EDT

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Free agency can be tough for players that aren’t superstar goal scorers or shut-down defenders. Such is the case for Paul Bissonnette.

While you likely know Bissonnette better as “BizNasty” from his work on Twitter, his job as a fourth liner with the Arizona Coyotes appears to be up now that they’ve acquired B.J. Crombeen from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

As Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona shared, Bissonnette is upset to leave the team that’s helped him become a NHL celebrity despite the lack of flashy statistics.

“It sucks,” the Coyotes’ fan favorite said Tuesday. “It’s really sad because I had a blast there for five years. I met a lot of awesome people — got really close with the fans and the community and I’ll really miss them.”

During his five seasons in the desert, Bissonnette racked up seven goals, 21 points and 318 penalty minutes in 187 games.

As for where BizNasty may wind up next, he said he’s not sure yet but he’s talking with a couple different teams.  He also said he hasn’t ruled out playing in Europe. If you’ll recall, he suited up for Cardiff Devils in Wales during the most recent lockout.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Sign in Colorado so I can see you in the minors for my Lake Erie monsters
    That’d be so fun to watch but it’s unrealistic hed do that
    Maybe he signs in San Jose to make them a badass team lol

  2. fiddytucker - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Fan favorite is right! Great guy on the radio interviews and community. Wish he could stay…. Honest as they come, no BS

  3. cliffatola - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Hey NBC, give him Milbury’s job.

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      bahah he would never get a real sports reporter job. too much of an HR nightmare

      • JerseyGirl - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        He’s not actually a PR nightmare. All of his tweets actually go through his agent before being posted. [At least as far as I can recall] he’s never really said or done anything that required a ‘PR cleanup’ or created a media mess. In spite of what he says & does that humors us, he apparently knows where ‘the line’ is & manages to amuse us without crossing over it.

        In that regard he’d probably make a very entertaining personality in the sports broadcasting world. I don’t really see him as that much of a PR nightmare. [Most of the time he’s poking fun at himself — but not in a way that’s negative to team].

        He’s even somewhat entertaining on the ice. [Those few minutes he’s there] I thought it was hilarious during one Flyers-Coyotes game when Jay Rosehill [i think it was Rosie] was trying to pick a fight with him & he had to look over at his coach & ‘get permission’ before he actually dropped the gloves. I’ve never seen a player [whose role is pretty much that of an enforcer] check with their coach if it was OK to have a faceoff fight with the other team’s enforcer. [Isn’t that sort of why the coach put him out there — or in this case left him out on the ice?]

    • neonpep - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      I agree with you 100%. Mike Milbury is a complete tool.

  4. onemorematt - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    Here’s to him staying in NA. His game might be an enforcer/tough-get in your face guy, but he’s a hell of a character and locker room presence from the players point of view, or at least that’s what we hear….Give him a good, low number 1 year deal, and keep biz in phoenix for another season.

  5. notan9ner - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    I don’t see him getting picked up.

  6. iwt5007 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Fan favorite for what,having a Twitter account?….Can’t wait for the season to start so we can have some real articles

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Yes, believe it or not people like knowing that some of their players have good personalities.

  7. JerseyGirl - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    If anyone should get Biz Nasty, it’s Philly — we traded away our ‘character’ player. Plus I can just imagine the stuff he’d come up with to tweet hanging out with Hal Gill in the press box during most of the games.

    He is a left wing… Philly needs a left wing.

    Technically Philly needs to wait until the season starts, [when Chris Pronger can officially go back on the IR list & his cap hit can be replaced] until they sign any new players. But I bet they totally have a handshake deal with Biz Nasty right to sign him on day one of the new season. He’s probably hanging out with Simon Gagne waiting for his invitation to training camp right now.

  8. canada2014gold - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    This guy is a joke, sign anywhere but the NHL. Go to a bush league.

  9. lilgurgi - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    My guess is he’ll go to Calgary. They appear to be collecting that type of player and might need him if any of their other “protectors” get hurt.

  10. drewsylvania - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM


  11. fiddytucker - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    iwt5007 | Jul 16, 2014, 5:55 AM MST

    The answer to your question,

  12. bobc74 - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    Would love to see him back in Wilkes-Barre or Pittsburgh.

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