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.  Now that the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone we can turn our attention to the gong show know as Free Agent Frenzy.  This is where normally sane men spend money like drunken sailors on shore leave.   

2.  Don Maloney swung a deal with Philly sending Sam Gagner and a conditional pick (2015 4th or 2016 3rd) for Nicklas Grossman and Chris Pronger. This really helps the Flyers who always seem to be up against the salary cap.   

3.  The NHL Board of Governors have approved 3 on 3 in overtime as well as limited “coaches challenge” for the upcoming season.  It’s about time!  

4.  I wonder how the contract negotiations with RFA forward Mikkel Boedker are going.  I guess it depends how many of his UFA years the Yotes are trying to secure.  

5.  The Arizona Coyotes selected the right player in choosing Dylan Strome with the 3rd overall pick.  I really like his size and skill-set.

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6.  Hey Arizona Coyotes fans, who is on your July 1st “Free Agent ” wish-list?      

7.  I’m not sure I like Milan Lucic coming over to our Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings.     

8.  The Arizona Coyotes selected nine players this past weekend and I think Coyotes, Director of Scouting, Tim Bernhardt and his staff had a pretty good draft.  

9.   I think that Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche should be arrested for highway robbery.  Acquiring Zadorov, Grigerenko, Compher and the 31st overall pick (traded to San Jose) for O’Reilly and McGinn was larceny.  Way to go Joe!       

10.  I still can’t wipe the smile from my face after the Coyotes selected Nick Merkley with the 30th overall pick.

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11.  Don’t worry Coyotes fans, the actual cash value of Chris Pronger’s contract is nowhere near his $4,941,429 cap hit.  (see #2)  

12.  Free Agent Frenzy countdown: 3 days

13.  I wonder if the trading of center Sam Gagner potentially opens the door for Mark Arcobello to return.  

14.  I’m not alone in the hockey world being shocked that Nick Merkley dropped from a projected 15-20 overall pick all the way down to 30.  (see #10)  

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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