Random Notes On Our Yotes: Oct. 30

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

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

1.  The Arizona Coyotes played three road games last week going 0-3-0 and now have an overall record of 0-10-1.  

2.  It’s hard to find anything positive to say about this team right now and I’m not going to sugar coat anything.  I don’t like to sound negative.  I do like a lot of what I see on this team but it is a disaster right now.  Actually, I don’t blame the players.  This is all on the suits.  From the way they handled Don Maloney, Dave Tippett, and Shane Doan, this ownership group has done everything they could possibly do to alienate this fanbase.  If you’re squeamish, look away because I’m pissed off along with a lot of other Coyotes fans.       

3.  The Arizona Coyotes acquired Scott Wedgewood from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fifth-round (Calgary’s) draft choice in 2018.  Adin Hill has been reassigned to the Roadrunners and Louis Domingue has been placed on waivers and will probably be sent to Tucson as well.  The Yotes also recalled goaltender Hunter Miska (.884 SV%) from Tucson.  Antti Raanta was placed on the IR retroactive to Oct 12.  It’s a madhouse.  You know the Coyotes are desperate when they call up a goaltender with a .884 SV%.  The Coyotes haven’t been getting consistent NHL goaltending this season outside of their home opener versus Vegas.           

4.  Even an average fan can see that playing Luke Schenn and Kevin Connauton together as a defence pairing is a bad idea.  Too bad the brain trust can’t see it.  

5.  Along with Clayton Keller’s brilliance, your going to get some glaring rookie mistakes BUT this is coming from a 19-year-old that is contributing bigtime offensively.  He definitely gets a pass and he’ll learn from his mistakes.  I’m wondering what Jason Demers, Kevin Connauton’s and Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s excuses are.      

6.  I was thrilled to see that Shane Doan has accepted a job to join the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department this past week.  I just couldn’t imagine Doaner not being involved in hockey at some level and I know he will be a huge asset to the league.  

7.  In some good news, the Coyotes AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunner are off to a nice 5-1-1 start.  Ex-Coyotes GM, Don Maloney has left this organization with some good pieces to work with.    

8.  Since being reassigned to the Tucson Roadrunners, Dylan Strome has put up 10 points in his 6 games played and is a solid plus 10.  I don’t think he’ll be in the AHL for very long. 

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 9.  I think that Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet should be sent to Tucson for a stint in the AHL.  There’s a big difference between being a head coach with a young NHL team and being an assistant coach with a two-time Stanley Cup winner.  IMHO, he is way over his head along with the boy genius GM. 

10.  Pet peeve:  Last week while watching the Coyotes at Rangers game, a broken stick lay on the ice for over a minute during an Arizona Coyotes powerplay.  It was in the worst possible spot for the Coyotes point men.  It was like an extra penalty killer for the Rangers.  There are FOUR men in stripes and not one of them made an attempt to pick the damn thing up when the opportunity arose.  I’m not even sure players realize they can actually move the debris.  We see this all too often during the season.  C’MON GARY!   

11.  The Yotes PK is dead last in the NHL and special teams are all on the coaching staff.  So far the men behind the bench are failing miserably.    

12.  It was a very classy move by the Tucson Roadrunners retiring Craig Cunningham’s #14 jersey in a pre-game ceremony on Friday night.  Although he only played a handful of games for the Roadrunners, his spirit and determination have left a lasting imprint on this organization.   

13.  FYI:  Rule 53:  No player can throw, shoot, or knock any piece of equipment towards an opponent, or they will be given a minor penalty. The rule specifically states that moving or shooting the equipment off to the side of the ice so that it does not interfere with the play is allowed.  (see #10)    

14.  There was a time when I thought OEL was untouchable but for me, those days are gone.      

15.  Coyotes special teams:  Rule of thumb.  Have the two red numbers total at least 100% when added.  (as your minimum) 

  • PP:  16th at 17.1% … up from 26th last week at 13.3%.
  • PK:  31st at 69.0% … down from 27th last week at 72.7%. 

16.  I hope Andrew Barroway is happy with his new regime.  This ill-fated experiment could be the final straw the runs this team out of town.  Maybe that’s the intent.  Who knows?  Who wants to go watch a winless team?  Based on the attendance, I would say the fans have spoken. 

17.  To be fair to Rick Tocchet, most coaches and their goaltenders are tied at the hip.  Show me a good coach and I bet he has a good goaltender. 

18.  Attendance: no home games last week

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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. Claude Saindon says

    “Boy Genius GM”. I love your style. Take no prisoners.

    • Mitch Kasprick says

      I was pissed when I wrote that and I’m still pissed … I have season tix for the Yotes and I watch every game on tv and I don’t like what I’m seeing …. great young talent but lots of bad players filling out the roster.

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