Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes

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

Some random facts and a few thoughts from the past couple of weeks about the National Hockey League and our Arizona Coyotes.

1.  The Arizona Coyotes will be unveiling their new jerseys on June 26 at their Draft Part at Gila River Arena.

2.  Coaching changes:  Mike Babcock signing on to coach the Maple Leafs … the Edmonton Oilers have hired former San Jose Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan … former Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma has been hired as the new Head Coach of the Buffalo Sabres … former Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils bench boss Peter DeBoer has been hired as the new Head Coach of San Jose Sharks.  

3.  The NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee is recommending a limited “coaches challenge” for the upcoming season.  It’s about time!  

4.  2015 NHL Entry Draft countdown: 18 days 

5.  The Arizona Coyotes are rumored to be shopping their #3 overall pick. 

6.  The NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee are still undecided on whether to look at 3 on 3 in overtime.  They are going to discuss it further and try to make a decision by the end of June.   

7.  For those of you that miss CapGeek.com, these two websites are pretty decent >>> Sportrac and General Fanager.  

8.   New Jersey Devils GM, Ray Shero, dipped into his old organisation (Pittsburgh Penguins) and hired Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Head Coach John Hynes as his new bench boss in New Jersey.

9.  Quirky fact: The Lighting beat three “original 6” teams to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Det, Mtl, NY)     

10.  Only in the NHL do you have to give a team a 3rd round pick for a fired coach.  You would think they would be happy to get off the hook for the remaining salary, not be looking for compensation but it’s in the CBA.  It’s actually a joke IMO!    

11.  For the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup they will have to defeat 4 of the original six franchises. (see #9)

12.  Free Agent Frenzy countdown: 23 days

13.  At age 40, John Hynes is now the youngest Head Coach in the NHL. (see #8)

14.  The NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee should recommend that all games in the NHL be worth three points OR totally get rid of the loser point.  (yes I’m still on my soapbox on this subject)

15.  Arizona Hockey Talk is looking for Arizona Coyotes and ASU Sun Devils writers.  If you or somebody you know is interested, please contact us.

LET’S GO YOTES 

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

Thanks, Mitch

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