Jan. 18 Random Notes On Our Yotes

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Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week –

Some of my thoughts, some info, and notes from the past week about our Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League.

1.  The Arizona Coyotes played three games last week going 1-1-1 and now have an overall record of 22-17-5 and are in second place in the Pacific Division.  

2.  According to Sports Club Stats:  After Arizona’s loss at home to New Jersey on Saturday afternoon their odds of making the playoffs went from 69.6% to 59.8%. At the end of play on Sunday night, they were at 59.2%.   

3.  I like the Coyotes waiver wire pickup of Kevin Connauton.  I’ve always thought he was a decent, serviceable depth defenceman.    

4.  Next – The Coyotes traded defenceman Stefan Elliot to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Victor Bartley and then flipped Bartley and John Scott to the Montreal Canadiens for former 2010, first round pick (22nd overall) defenceman Jarred Tinordi and forward Stefan Fournier.  AND the word on the street is that the Coyotes insisted that the Habs take John Scott in this deal.   

5.  One thing you can’t do against the New Jersey Devils is let them score the first goal and Yotes goalie Anders Lindback gave up a weak goal four minutes into the game while Cory Schneider shut the door on the Coyotes offence and was outstanding all afternoon in a 2-0 Devils win.     

6.  I was absolutely shocked when I heard that the Arizona Coyotes acquired defenceman Jarred Tinordi.  I can’t believe the Habs gave up on him and it took so little to acquire him.  Tinordi was a 1st round pick, 22nd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  He hasn’t even come close to reaching his ceiling as a player and I think the Coyotes absolutely committed hi-way robbery here.  

7.  The Yotes have reportedly placed Steve Downie on waivers.  I don’t quite understand this move.  Are they going to re-assign him or release him?  I like what he brings to the table and hope this is just a roster manoeuvring ploy.      

UPDATE:  Steve Downie has cleared waivers and has been re-assigned to the Coyotes AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.  The Coyotes still have one roster spot available so expect a call-up from the farm team.      

8.  According to “NHL Insiders”, John Scott was asked by the league and by the Coyotes to decline his roster spot in the upcoming All-Star game in Nashville but he politely refused.  After a trade to Montreal on Friday, he has since been dispatched to the Habs AHL outpost on “The Rock” in St. Johns, Newfoundland. You let this happen on your watch GARY!  Well done! (see #4)    

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9.  Attendance update:

Edmonton Oilers – 11,391

Detroit Red Wings – 12,014

New Jersey Devils – 11,745

The Coyotes only had three home games last week and the attendance was very underwhelming again.  I can’t remember the last time a Red Wings’ game wasn’t a sellout.  

10.  As of this morning, the Arizona Coyotes have no representation at the All-Star game.  Not that John Scott was a true representative.         

11.  Did anybody else out there think that Detroit’s tying goal on Thursday night was goaltender interference?  When Dave Tippett challenged the goal, I thought it was a no-brainer to be overturned and especially based on some of the calls I’ve seen go against Martin Hanzal on more than a couple of occasions.  The Detroit bias kicks in again.           

12.  I really enjoyed that Saturday afternoon game versus the New Jersey Devils.  I wish the Coyotes would play more afternoon games on the weekends.    

13.  Arizona Coyotes special teams update:

PP:  12th at 19.1% up from 24th at 16.8% last week 

PK:  27th at 77.3% down from 21st at 79.0% last week     

14.  Countdown to the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline:  43 days (Feb. 29)

15.  Countdown to the 2016 World Cup:  244 days (Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto). How many Coyotes do you think will be in this tournament?  Hanzal?  OEL? Domi?  Duclair?  Boedker?  

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If you have any thoughts on any of these questions please let me know. 

Thanks, Mitch

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  1. Again, agree with attendance..
    Unless the owners address this complaint AT the fans of NHL hockey in the valley…who are in complete denial about the importance of this…
    It will do no good for an ordinary fan to address it..
    The fans who don’t show up, don’t think they have to…
    They think deep pocket owners don’t mind losing 365000 dollars a game on empty seats alone. (median seat price of 88 dollars, 5000 empty seats a game…my figure may be off! ha)
    The owners have to step up and tell the fans they are concerned about this.

    • Mitch Kasprick says

      I was shocked by the Detroit crowd … this game was a sellout last year even though the Red Wings were playing in the Eastern Conference … Det and Chi are a couple of teams the owners probably pencilled in as sellouts … ouch

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