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Phoenix Coyotes Mid-Term Report Card

(Jan.10)  Re: Report Card — With the likelihood of a new CBA happening soon and the season being a shortened schedule of 48-52 games, I will do 2 reports for the shorter season, one at the halfway point and the other at the end of the season.

My report card grading system is based on a little bit of a  different criteria that some fans may or may not agree with.   For the most part it is as simple as what you see is what you get.  This is not a scientific evaluation based on statistics and analysis from experts in the field. I try not to let a newspaper column or a talk show influence my opinions.  I do read most of the newspaper articles and I am a sports radio junkie and love the opinions of the radio personalities and the call-in fans.

What does carry weight with me is what I hear from the Coach and the GM even though I may not agree. I realize that everybody views the game differently and have their favorites and their not-so favorites. The beauty of watching sports is there is no right or wrong when you express your opinions on that you like and what you don’t like.

My opinions are based on my 50 plus years of viewing the game as Coach (15 years), a WHL Scout (15 years), a Player (15 years), a Fan (50 years) and even a Fantasy GM (35 years). So, I guess what I’m saying is I know what I like and what I don’t like.  Listed below is some of the criteria I used in grading this report card.

1. The players position and roll in the line-up for each game.  An example: top 6 forward, PP.

2. The amount of ice time and hard minutes.  An example: playing against top lines, PK.

3. Expectations from coaches, media, fans etc

4. Salary, return on investment (ROI).  This may seem unfair but in 1990 the NHLPA decided to introduce salary disclosure.  This was  to give the players some negotiating leverage in comparing their salary with comparable players around the league.  This info has now exposed the players to public scrutiny from fans and media alike.

The Coyotes record at the 25 game mark is a 12-10-3 record and I feel these are fair grades for the current Coyote roster.







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