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Raffi Torres' game is based on force and fury, his hard-hitting style fueling his teammates and inspiring fear in opponents.
But as he sat out for 21 games, the result of a suspension for hitting Chicago's Marian Hossa in last year's playoffs, the Phoenix Coyotes left wing had to rethink the way he plays, find a way to retain his aggressiveness and remove some of the questionable hits that have gotten him in trouble in the past.
After hours of watching video with coach Dave Tippett, the new-version Torres gets his first live test when the Coyotes host the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
''I'm excited - it's been quite a long time,'' Torres said Thursday. ''I just want to be out there helping the boys out.''
Since he broke into the NHL with the New York Islanders in 2001, Torres' contributions have come from his combination of skill and physical presence.
Playing for six teams in his 11 NHL seasons, Torres has scored 25 poi...
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The Phoenix Coyotes seem to be good for the Dallas Stars' psyche -- and their offense. The Stars look to continue their success against the Pacific Division rivals by sweeping this home-and-home set Saturday night in Phoenix.
Dallas (3-4-1) is among the worst offensive teams in the league with 17 goals, but eight have come in two meetings with Phoenix (2-4-2).
The Stars opened...
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris attacked Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney as he celebrated teammate Nail Yakupov's game-winning overtime goal in Wednesday night's 2-1 Oilers victory.
Whitney got the assist on Yakupov's power play goal at 3:52 into overtime, but Morris thought the puck deflected off Whitney's glove, which would have been a hand...
Here are the complete statements released Thursday and Friday related to the Coyotes' ownership situation.
"We will not be able to complete our purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes today in time to meet our deadline with the city of Glendale. However, our journey to purchase the Coyotes will continue. We realize this will require additional conversations with the...
NEW YORK (Feb. 1, 2013) -- National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today released the following statement regarding the Phoenix Coyotes sale process:
“We remain hopeful the Coyotes sale process will be resolved successfully and we will continue to work with the City of Glendale to move the process forward.”
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes...
The Phoenix Coyotes are probably hoping Mike Smith returns to form when he is back on the ice.
Smith is expected to play for the visiting Coyotes on Friday night when they try to hand the Dallas Stars a fifth straight loss in the opener of a home-and-home set.
Smith will be back for Phoenix (2-4-1) after missing four games with a lower-body injury. Jason LaBarbera and Chad Johnson...
A league official tells The Associated Press that prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes is unlikely to complete a deal to buy the team from the NHL before a lease agreement with the City of Glendale expires.
Barring a last-minute change, former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison won't have the money or investors in place to meet the midnight Thursday deadline for the lease...
Phoenix Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera kept sharp during the NHL lockout by joining his teammates for informal workouts at the team's practice facility.
He didn't go overseas to play, as some goalies did, but tracking pucks and turning away shots every day gave him an edge over players who stayed at home.
Of course, once the lockout ended, it was a scramble, leaving LaBarbera...
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes is unlikely to complete a deal to buy the team from the NHL before a lease agreement with the City of Glendale expires, a league official told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Barring a last-minute change, former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison won’t have the money or investors in place to meet the midnight Thursday...
After prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison missed a deadline late Thursday to purchase the team, the NHL is optimistic that an agreement can be reached in the near future. "We remain hopeful the Coyotes' sale process will be resolved successfully and we will continue to work with the city of Glendale to move the process forward," NHL deputy commissioner...
With the deadline for the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Greg Jamison passing yesterday without the team being purchased, so many fans are wondering when in the world this saga will end. "End" can mean a lot of things -- to most Canadian fans, "end" might mean relocation to Quebec City or Markham. For Phoenix fans, "end" obviously means for their team...
So... Greg Jamison missed his deadline to secure and/or announce his partners (his deep-pocketed partners) to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes from the National Hockey League. Along with that went the subsidies approved by the old City of Glendale government which would have given Jamison US$300-million to keep the team at City Center for the next 20 years...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Two league sources have told FOX Sports Arizona that it is unlikely prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison will be able to assemble the money and investors in time to meet a Jan. 31 deadline to purchase the club. If that deadline passes, Jamisons bid to end the team could be over.
If that happens, the league could open the bidding process again to other potential...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nail Yakupov scored a power-play goal 3:52 into overtime to give Edmonton a 2-1 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday, enabling the Oilers to break a five-game losing streak in the series. Yakupov scored his fourth goal of the season, tipping in a puck sent toward goaltender Chad Johnson after Coyotes center Antoine Vermette was called for high-sticking against...