Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: May 18

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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 this past week about the National Hockey League and our Arizona Coyotes.

1.  Congrats to Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith on back-stopping Team Canada to a GOLD MEDAL at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championships.  

2.  Congrats to Team USA on winning the BRONZE MEDAL at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Championships.   

3.  The two Conference Finals are finally underway in the NHL.  I don’t know what the hold-up was but I’m not impressed.  

4.  Congrats to Coyotes players, Connor Murphy, John Moore, and forward Mark Arcobello on winning a Bronze Medal at the World Championships.  (see #2) 

5.  I would like to see the NHL implement a  “crease rule” that is somewhere between the NHL’s version and the IIHF’s version BUT with an option for a video review or a challenge.

6.  OEL scored 2 goals and added 10 assists in 8 games for Team Sweden at the World Championships earning him a 1st Team All-Star selection.

7.  Team Canada ended a five year medal drought at this years Worlds.

8.  I did not like the game winning goal by Dominic Moore in Game#1 of the Eastern Final.  I don’t think a player should be allowed to skate through the goal crease and deflect a goal in like that especially when he was in the crease before the puck.  The goal crease is for the goaltender and that’s that!  (see #5)  

9.  Mike Smith finished the World Championships ranked 2nd GAA (1.50) and 3rd SV% (.930).  

10.  Do you think it was a coincidence that Team Canada GM Jim Nill and Head Coach Todd McLellan had fifteen Western Conference players on their roster?  


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

Thanks, Mitch

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