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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, So when a trade executed at the NHL draft on Friday paved the way for his return, Michalek was just as eager as the Coyotes to reunite.
“That team’s really close to my heart; so is the city, and I know they have great fans,” Michalek said. “I’m really happy to be back, and hopefully I can continue playing the way I was when I was there.”
With three seasons left on his contract at $4 million per year, Michalek wants to be a factor in the Coyotes’ future. The team’s recent run to the Western Conference finals reaffirmed that.
“Nobody expected anything out of them again, and they proved everybody wrong,” said Michalek, who is in the midst of rehabbing his hip after a procedure in May but is expected to be ready for training camp.
“They’ve had that mentality for the last three, four years, and (General Manager Don Maloney) and (coach Dave Tippett) they’ve done such a good job putting a competitive team on the ice and playing good defensive
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With free agency approaching, the Coyotes were already expected to deal from their strength -- defense -- in order to pick up some much-needed scoring help up front. Trading two prospects and a draft pick to bring defensive-minded blue-liner Zbynek Michalek back to Phoenix only solidified that belief.
Michalek will likely fill the salary slot of unrestricted free agent Michal Rozsival...
We’re a week away from NHL general managers making it rain on unrestricted free agents. Come July 1, anyone without a contract is officially on the market. With the Penguins’ current cap situation, Ray Shero is probably going to be about as busy in free agency as he was at the Trade Deadline.
Good news for Pens fans though is all of the assets the Pens need are locked up at...
Brandon Sutter realizes his role as a checking-line center won't be changing with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He does have reason to believe it's a job that might have become a little easier.
After spending the past four seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes having to defend against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Sutter now counts both as teammates. Better still, he noted...
Brandon Sutter realizes his role as a checking-line center won't be changing with his new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. He does have reason to believe it's a job that might have become a little easier.
After spending the past four seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes having to defend against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Sutter now counts both as teammates.
With about 7 minutes left in the first, Brooks Orpik redefined the term FREE CANDY.
Brandon Sutter unwraps a Tootsie Roll Orpik left for him, and he beats MAF on a crap backhand. 1-0.
That is from our recap on October 24, 2009, Brandon Sutter scored his first NHL goal that night:
What seems like a million years later, Brandon Sutter is...
The Coyotes were already expected to deal from their strength -- defense -- in order to pick up some much needed scoring help up front. Trading two prospects and a draft pick to bring defensive-minded blue-liner Zbynek Michalek back to Phoenix only solidified that belief. Michalek will likely fill the salary slot of unrestricted free agent Michal Rozsival, who made $5 million last...
Yesterday we made the case for Ryan Suter.
Today it is Zach Parise.
A Parise scenario implies a couple of things:
-The Penguins make signing Parise their top priority.
-Crosby has done an effective job selling the Penguins to Parise.
-Parise in effect resists the huge cash money that some teams will throw at him...
Roger Goodell should take a page out of the NHL’s book because Gary Bettman’s boys went through six rounds of drafting about as fast as an NFL fantasy draft. It. Was. Awesome.
After the Day 1 moves Ray Shero made, it was hard to think Day 2 would be anywhere near as exciting. Exciting: not so much. But Shero was impressive with his picks. His first two were a little questionable...
Here's audio from today's media conference call with Brandon Sutter:
NHL experts have long believed Jordan Staal could develop into a true No. 1 center is he could escape the shadow of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh.Now he gets that chance. The Penguins reunited him with big brother Eric Staal by dealing him to the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade that helped both teams.Staal was a year removed from restricted free agency. The Penguins...
from The Mayor John Hoven tweet, Don Maloney confirms to #NHL radio that #Coyotes capo Shane Doan will most likely test free agency starting Sunday. Will he leave Phoenix?
Out of everyone in attendance at Consol Energy Center last Friday, Ray Shero became the biggest winner at the draft.Even after Jordan Staal appeared to whittle his trade value down to nearly nothing, Shero was still able to strike a deal with Hurricanes' GM, Jim Rutherford, sending Staal to Carolina for a pick, a prospect and Brandon Sutter. Shero wasn't done.Later in the...