Lack of Ownership Doomed Phoenix Coyotes

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They’re not doing enough to win the games.” During this season of failed achievement, players and the coaching staff sing the same song.. Phrases like, “we have to get better,” “we have to play a full 60 minutes” and “what’s happening is unacceptable,” are old and worn.. Yet, one factor above all else appears to convey the lost season: lack of ownership.. While the NHL continues to own and operate the Coyotes, the lack of money to properly operate the team and attract appealing free agents dooms the franchise.. At the trading deadline, the Coyotes unloaded three veterans that had an important role on the team.. By sending Raffi Torres to San Jose, Steve Sullivan to the Devils and Matthew Lombardi to Anaheim, the Coyotes sliced their jugular vein.. In their stead, Phoenix went with several minor leagues (Chris Brown, Chris Connor, Alexandre Bolduc).. Their energy might be impressive, but their experience, acumen and knowledge is nothing compared to the veterans that were traded.. Whether this was the NHL’s hand, we’ll never know, but the Coyotes’ ability to field a team of grit and character may have been comprised.. One example is Torres.. In his seventh game for San Jose since the trade with the Coyotes, Sharks coach Todd McLellan put Torres out during an April 16 shootout with the Kings at home.. Torres managed the only goal and the Sharks skated off with an important two points. source:

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27, in the 4-1 win over Carolina.  Jean-Yves Ahern, USA TODAY Sports April 1: Justin Schultz scored a goal and had two assists for Edmonton in a 4-1 win over Calgary.. It was the 22-year-old rookie’s first three point performance.  Perry Nelson, Getty Images March 31: Chicago’s big 7-1 victory over Detroit was made possible with the help of Brandon Saad, who notched two goals and an assist.  Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports March 31: Boston delivered on a 2-0 win against Buffalo, thanks to Anton Khudobin’s 26 saves in the second shutout of his career.  Kevin Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports March 31: Kimmo Timonen had one goal and three assists as the Flyers shocked the Capitals in overtime 5-4.. Timonen’s goal tied the contest forcing extra play.  Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports March 30: Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov celebrates after scoring in overtime against the Devils.. Kulikov’s first goal of the season gave Florida a 3-2 win.  J Pat Carter, AP March 30: Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun salutes the crowd after shutting out the New York Islanders, 2-0.. Vokoun made 35 saves and earned his second straight shutout.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports March 30: Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri scored three goals against the Ottawa Senators.. Kadri’s hat trick led Toronto to a 4-0 win.  Marc DesRosiers, USA TODAY Sports Related story Fullscreen March 30: Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Corey Potter, left.. Hall had a hat trick by 7:53 of the first period, breaking Wayne Gretzky’s record for fastest hat trick from the start of a game.  Jason Franson, AP March 29: Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist to give new coach Jon Cooper a win against the New Jersey Devils in his debut.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports March 29; Dallas Stars right wing Jaromir Jagr had one assist and a secondary one at that.. But it made him the first European with 1,000 assists and helped end the Minnesota Wild’s seven-game winning streak.  Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports March 29: Columbus Blue Jackets winger Vinny Prospal had a goal, an assist and a plus 3 rating at his team rebounded from a tough loss to beat the Calgary Flames.  Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports March 28: New York right wing Colin McDonald, middle, scored twice for the Islanders, who would go on to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout.. New York improved to 10-4-1 on the road with the win.  Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports March 28: Ottawa Senators goalie Ben Bishop tallied his second career NHL shutout after making 24 saves.. Ottawa defeated the New York Rangers 3-0  Marc DesRosiers, USA TODAY Sports March 28: Phoenix’s Rostislav Klesla aided the Coyotes’ 7-4 blowout against the Nashville Predators by tallying four assists.. The Coyotes used a huge first period to trounce the Preds, ending their seven-game losing streak.  Mark Humphrey, AP March 27: On the night Calgary traded star Jarome Iginla, there was some good news for Calgary fans.. Center Mike Cammalleri scored two goals as the Flames beat Colorado 4-3.  Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports March 27: Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder scored twice against the Bruins. source:

NHL Death Watch: Devils, Oilers eliminated; Red Wings in must-win mode

As for the Wings, the pressure to extend their 21-season playoff streak is mounting.. From, Mike Babcock and Henrik Zetterberg said: “If you’re one of these players who has a stake in the Red Wings, especially the ones who have put in a ton of time, they don’t want it (to end) on their watch either,” Babcock said.. “I think everyone feels that,” Zetterberg said.. “It’s been a long time since we missed the playoffs and you don’t want to be part of that team.. Definitely, I take big responsibility in that.” Coming up, the playoff pictures for the East and West, as we shift the focus to playoff seeding.. The full NHL standings and schedules can be found on Y!. Sports.. All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats ; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL.. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their “Tragic Number” hits 0.. Team (Games Remaining) 1 7 The Jets are in Buffalo on Monday night in a game that’ll go a long way in determining the stakes for Tuesday night’s game at Washington.. Winnipeg is at 49 points with three games let, while the Capitals have 52 points with three games left. source:–nhl.html

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Radio: Matt Cooke in Ottawa; Tyson Nash on Coyotes; playoff bound Leafs

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Log out of Facebook How to remove this experience Marek Vs.. Wyshynski Radio: Matt Cooke in Ottawa; Tyson Nash on Coyotes; playoff bound Leafs LISTEN HERE!. It’s a Monday edition of Marek vs.. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m.. ET/11 a.m.. PT, and we’re talking about the following and more: Special Guest Star: Phoenix Coyotes broadcaster and former NHLer Tyson Nash joins us to talk Yotes and Western Conference playoff race.. • The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in the playoffs.. Wowzer.. • Columbus continues its miraculous postseason push.. • Jack Edwards compares Matt Cooke to RFK assassin.. • The Devils and Oilers are done. source:–nhl.html


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