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Coyotes ‘OK with that’ if NHL season has already ended

May 13th, 2020

When, or even if, the NHL schedule resumes, several scenarios are out there regarding how the remainder of the season could take shape. Does the schedule pick up from the point of the pause on March 12? To allow for positioning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, could a tournament be held? With 70 games already…

Jr. Coyotes grad, Vegas product Quinney makes NHL debut for Golden Knights

April 1st, 2020

Jason Zucker was born in California, raised in Las Vegas, and currently plays in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Once the Vegas Golden Knights came into the league in 2017, many wondered how long it would be until a Las Vegas native would play for his hometown team. That question was answered on Feb….

Coyotes need to play desperate, confident down stretch

March 13th, 2020

Consistency. Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet continues to pound that core value into the hockey souls of each one of his players. If there are key elements of the game upon Tocchet preaches, they are reliability and regularity. When speaking about the destiny of his club, Tocchet expands on being consistency and the ability to…

Coyotes going ‘inch by inch’ looking for playoff berth

February 25th, 2020

Sixty. That’s a number that should be ingrained in the hockey souls of each member of the Arizona Coyotes. That number represents minutes in a game and if the Coyotes are to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2012, the specter of 60 looms imperative. Between now and Game 82…

After solid first half, Coyotes ‘want to keep it going’

January 27th, 2020

As the critical second half of the NHL season descends, don’t ask Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet to think outside of the box. For Tocchet and his band of intrepid ice warriors, their collective focus going forward is one-dimensional – to focus on the task at hand. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Don’t ask Tocchet to…

Building off fast start, Coyotes emerging as top team in NHL standings

January 8th, 2020

Given the nature of any marathon NHL season, most players tend to view games early as necessary but not terribly demanding and intense. Those encounters are usually reserved for the late season and each shift is magnified. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Over the first third of their current season, the Arizona Coyotes (17-9-4 and in…

Tocchet recognizing honesty is best policy with Coyotes

December 3rd, 2019

If you do not adjust, learn, grow and evolve as a coach, there’s not much of a future to direct a team. In that regard, there is little difference if you’re coaching at the NHL level or at Ice Den Scottsdale. In the end, honesty is the best policy – just ask Arizona Coyotes coach…

Scottsdale native Matthews named NHL’s Second Star of the Week

November 11th, 2019

Scottsdale native and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week today. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Matthews factored on nine of his team’s 11 goals last week, leading all NHL skaters with two goals and nine points in four appearances to help the Toronto Maple Leafs (9-6-4, 22…

Coyotes optimistic as 2019-20 NHL season underway

October 30th, 2019

As the 2019-20 season peaks through the NHL curtain, one of the telling stories of the Arizona Coyotes’ campaign may have been written late in training camp. Coming into the preseason, one of the significant questions to resolve was goaltending. With Antti Raanta out for most of last season, Darcy Kuemper (pictured) emerged and made…

Coyotes add Kessel, confidence ahead of ’19-20 season

October 11th, 2019

Before commencement of free agency on July 1, the Arizona Coyotes were well on their way to addressing a significant point. No need to go the free-agent route. Just ask an old friend and highly-skilled player if he would like to skate in the desert. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE As the Coyotes opened training camp…