Posted May 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett have had one of the most difficult jobs in sports: Trying to build a team without an owner. With determination and a like-minded approach, they've made it work. Fighting past the financial and organizational limitations that come with being run by the NHL, Maloney and Tippett have built a team that has made the playoffs each of their three seasons together. They've reached a pinnacle in the franchise's history this season, leading a team with no true star players into the Western Conference finals for the first time while igniting a moribund fan base. Led by Maloney and Tippett, the Coyotes open the conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night in the desert.

Team Anonymity label suits Coyotes just fine

GLENDALE, Ariz. Keith Yandle sounded like Old School character Frank The Tank Ricard when recounting his Wednesday errands. I went to Best Buy, Home Depot and Frys Grocery Store, Yandle said. I was in each of them for probably a half hour to 45 minutes, and I didnt get recognized once. Thats two-time NHL All-Star Keith Yandle. You know, the Coyotes assistant captain? The guy whos...

Phoenix Conspiracy Theory

We have seen enough numbers since the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy three years ago to know that hockey in Phoenix (at least in Glendale, Arizona where Arena the Coyotes home) is a money loser. The only way that one can make money is if somebody else pays for the losses. In the recent term somebody else has been the city of Glendale itself. They have put up $25 million...

Paying For The Coyotes

from Brad Parks of the Wall Street Journal, On Monday, the Phoenix Coyotes advanced to the NHL’s Western Conference finals for the first time since moving to the desert in 1996. But here in Glendale, the Phoenix suburb where the Coyotes play, not everyone is cheering. “If you need a poster boy for how to pour your whole budget down the drain of professional sports, Glendale...

Kings, Coyotes shaped by Gretzky's influence

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Asking a Canadian to criticize Wayne Gretzky is like asking a Catholic to criticize the Pope. Not going to happen, said Halkirk, Alberta, native and Coyotes captain Shane Doan. Gretzky is a Canadian icon. A sacred cow. Hes untouchable. Aside from the wondrous things he did on the ice, the four Stanley Cups he won in Edmonton and the 61 NHL records he still...

The Phoenix Coyotes have a buyer…again

How does that feel Canada? Another town that didn’t know hockey existed 5 weeks ago could be hoisting your nation’s most treasured prize. And with that comes another thrilling announcement. The Phoenix Coyotes have a buyer! Gleefully, Gary Bettman stepped to the microphone Monday night and announced that the NHL has a verbal agreement with [...]

Coyotes Need Fan Support To Survive.

After three years of uncertainty, the Phoenix Coyotes ownership issue could be on the verge of resolution. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday acknowledged a tentative agreement had been reached with an ownership group (led by former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison) which would keep the team in Glendale, Arizona. This doesn’t mean it’s a done deal, as the NHL Board of...

Kings-Coyotes: A rivalry in the making

Which team is the Coyotes arch-rival? Ask six people and youll get six different answers. Its really hard to say, Phoenix captain Shane Doan said. It seems to change over the years. Some will tell you its Detroit because of playoff series matchups the past two seasons. Not so. A rivalry is played on a two-way street. The Red Wings dont consider the Coyotes their rival. That distinction...

Conn Smythe Trophy Watch

Through (almost) two rounds of action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, here are the top contenders for the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given annually to the NHL’s postseason MVP.1. Mike Smith, CoyotesIt’s really hard to decipher between Mike Smith and Jonathan Quick. However, one thing that does make a difference in this Conn Smythe race is how much the Coyotes have depended on...

All The Kings Men - The Other Half: Phoenix Coyotes

Podcaster General Jesse Cohen is killing the time before the Los Angeles Kings begin their 3rd Round Series (I'm sorry, it's just so hard to write that each time) against the Phoenix Coyotes by Podcasting his little heart out. So I guess what I'm saying is that there is a plethora of brand-new episodes of All The Kings Men available right now! First, Jesse and I talk...

Playoff Preview Party - Know Your 3rd Round Opponent: Phoenix Coyotes

When I asked Brigitte from One Girl, One Puck to write a "Know Your Opponent" for the Los Angeles Kings against the Vancouver Canucks... she thought it would be a fun one-time gig. Then when she wrote another one for the St. Louis Blues series... she thought that Jordan Nolan had a better chance of scoring a goal than writing one for Round 3. Well... here we are......

Coyotes making hockey cool in the desert again

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer The Westgate entertainment district is nearly empty, a few people watching their kids play in the fountains, a handful of others scattered among the tables and barstools inside the restaurants and bars. It's like this most of the time, particularly during the day, when the only visitors are typically workers taking a break...

Explosive Turnarounds Not Involving Diarrhea

It’s always interesting to take a look at players who exceeded expectations with career years (or even returning to past glory). Here’s three of ‘em: Radim Vrbata - In 77 games, he scored 35 goals (8 above his prior career high), tallied 27 assists and put up a +24 (17 above his prior career high). His 62 points helped lead Phoenix to the postseason. Where did this come from...

Shaking the headshots right out of the playoffs, one Torres suspension at a time

With perhaps the exception of Claude Giroux’s hit on Dainus Zubrus, talk of intent to injure hits and deliberate targeting of players’ heads, which started with Shea Weber’s face-smash on Henrik Zetterberg, seem to have subsided, and the Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis believes that hockey fans owe Raffi Torres’s stupidity in hitting Marian Hossa, and its reaction from the “Department...

Series preview: Coyotes vs. Kings

3) Coyotes vs. 8) Kings How they got here…(3) Coyotes-WCQ: Beat (6) Blackhawks in 6WCS: Beat (4) Predators in 5(8) Kings-WCQ: Beat (1) Canucks in 5WCS: Beat (2) Blues in 4Season Series…Tied 3-3Previous Playoff Meetings…First meetingTale of the Tape…Forwards-Edge: Kings… Anze Kopitar.  Dustin Brown.  Mike Richards.  Do I need to keep going?Defensemen-Edge: Coyotes…...

The Wraparound – Stanley Cup Conference Forecast – Tonight at 8 p.m. EST

While Luciana and Jim certainly can’t tell you what the weather will be like, they can preview the upcoming Western Conference Final between the LA Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes. They’ll also look ahead to the Devils and the Capitals/Rangers, as well as review the crazy Round 2 results that probably no one but a [...]
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