Phoenix Coyotes Year End Grades: Def & Goal

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Phoenix Coyotes Report Card For The Defencemen And Goaltenders — 

The Phoenix Coyotes defencemen have all had stretches where they have been a little inconsistent but for the most part have played very well.  The Coyotes backend provides the team with better than average offence but struggles on the defensive side at times.  

In an era where it is trending toward puck possession style defencemen the Coyotes have more than their fair share.  The Coyotes defensive corp as a whole are good at puck possession but one of the problems is they have a hard time winning puck battles and gaining possession.  It’s basically the chicken or the egg syndrome. 

2013-14  Report Card For The Defencemen And Goaltenders

Keep in mind, the first grade is based strictly on what you see on the ice.  The second grade, ROI, is based on whether I think the player is earning his salary or is the team getting the appropriate “bang for their buck”

Under “Salary” column, you will notice this years salary along with the “cap hit” courtesy of 

 Coyotes D&G560

The Phoenix Coyotes received better than average goaltending for most of the season but took an emotional hit when starter Mike Smith injured his leg during the stretch run.  Thomas Greiss filled in and was very solid with the exception of a couple untimely goals against that hurt the team in a period when they weren’t scoring very much. 


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