Posted January 14, 2013 on
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The Phoenix Coyotes officially returned to the ice with their first full workout of the season.
About 100 of their fans came to watch, too.
While most of the NHL's teams jumped on the first opportunity to practice after the lockout ended, Phoenix waited until Monday for its first full-team workout. They Coyotes have been practicing on their own since the lockout began and practiced so hard on Saturday that coach Dave Tippett only held an optional skate on Sunday.
The Coyotes are holding open practices at Jobing.com Arena this week in preparation for their season opener Saturday in Dallas. A scrimmage Wednesday night also will be free to fans.
Phoenix used Monday's workout as essentially a refresher course for a team that has just three new players.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the NHL lockout dragged on, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith took part in some of the well-publicized, well-attended skates at Scottsdales Alltel Ice Den with his teammates. The conditioning was helpful, but the lack of coaching and structure was often detrimental.
You try your hardest to compete on every shot, but when theres not much defense, it gets pretty frustrating...
The NHL's 48-game season will put a premium on teams getting off to a fast start.
With so few games, there's not a lot of time to make up ground.
The Phoenix Coyotes appear to be one of the teams in good position to get out to a quick start.
The Coyotes have essentially the same roster from last season, which was the best in franchise history, and play in a defense-first...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The NHL's abbreviated schedule makes it even more important to get off to a fast start this season. With just 48 games, there won't be much time to make up ground for anyone who falls into an early hole.
With little roster turnover after the best season in franchise history, a discipline-based system and more depth than they've ever had, the Phoenix...
GLENDALE, Ariz. Heres what we already know about the Coyotes 48-game schedule.:
One-third of their games (16) will be played in back-to-back sets. The season will end about three weeks later than last season, and there arent many minor-league players in training camp because the coaching staff and general manager Don Maloney dont have time to evaluate up-and-coming talent or alter...