Coyotes' Vitale hopes position switch helps him find his game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Perhaps no one explicitly told Joe Vitale about his position switch. Maybe that's why the Coyotes forward cracked wise Tuesday when asked about a move that was all but sealed when the Coyotes signed three free-agent centers this summer in Antoine Vermette, Brad Richardson and Boyd Gordon. "You're the first one who has told me," Vitale said, smiling. "That's usually...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

City of Glendale Votes to Kill Coyotes Deal Leaving Them Homeless Yet Again

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 26: Sam Gagner #9 of the Arizona Coyotes is congratulated by teammates Joe Vitale #14 and Brandon Gormley #33 after his game winning overtime goal against the Buffalo Sabres on March 26, 2015 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Arizona won, 4-3. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) The Arizona Coyotes, formerly the Phoenix Coyotes, are...
Via The Sports Journal
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 72: March Sadness. Pens head to the desert to face the Coyotes.

Pittsburgh Penguins (39-22-10) at Arizona Coyotes (21-42-8) 9:00 PM – ROOT Sports Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona Here’s a post that could go two ways depending upon your outlook on glasses being half full or empty. We could just write, “Four game losing streak, the **** is hitting the fan, it is another turning-point-in-the-season game.” We also could write, “well...
Via The Pensblog
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Quality of Puck Possession – Arizona Coyotes

In the last feature we explored the Anaheim Ducks and their quality of possession. Once again we must acknowledge the efforts of   A.C. Thomas and Sam Ventura of WAR On Ice for bring the Scoring Chances statistic into the collection of modern hockey statistics. Once again if you are wondering the details of what qualifies as a Scoring Chance, their site has an in depth explanation...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Quality of Puck Possession – Arizona Coyotes

In the last feature we explored the Anaheim Ducks and their quality of possession. Once again we must acknowledge the efforts of   A.C. Thomas and Sam Ventura of WAR On Ice for bring the Scoring Chances statistic into the collection of modern hockey statistics. Once again if you are wondering the details of what qualifies as a Scoring Chance, their site has an in depth explanation...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Boedker back in Valley, spleen stays in Winnipeg

Coyotes (16-25-6) at Maple Leafs (22-23-3) When: Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Where: Air Canada Centre TV: FOX Sports Arizona Season series: Coyotes lead, 1-0. Injuries: Arizona: F Mikkel Boedker (spleen injury) is out indefinitely. C Joe Vitale (upper body) is day to day. Toronto: D Dion Phaneuf (upper body) is week to week. D Stephane Robidas (upper body) and F Joffrey Lupul (lower body...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Q & A with Coyotes majority owner Andrew Barroway

Blue Jackets at Coyotes When: Saturday: 6 p.m. Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale TV: FOX Sports Arizona Injuries: Blue Jackets: F Nathan Horton (back), D Ryan Murray (knee), F Mark Letestu (groin), F Artem Anisimov (torn triceps), F Brian Gibbons (knee), F Boone Jenner (back) and F Cam Atkinson (shoulder) are all on injured reserve. Coyotes: F Joe Vitale (lower body) and D Chris...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Minutes in the Box with Joe Vitale

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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

What to watch: Coyotes vs. Panthers, 4 pm, FOX Sports Arizona

The Arizona Coyotes (3-4-1) are set to take on the Florida Panthers (2-2-3) tonight in the second game of their four-game road trip. The Coyotes beat the Panthers in overtime on Saturday and will look to sweep the season series that concludes with tonight's game. Here's what to watch for tonight on FOX Sports Arizona, coverage beginning with "Coyotes Live" at 4 p.m.: PREGAME, 4 P...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Coyotes at a glance

ARIZONA COYOTES LAST SEASON: 37-30-15, 89 points. Ninth overall in Western Conference. COACH: Dave Tippett, fifth season with Arizona, 156-96-42; In 10th NHL season as coach, 427-252-107. ADDED: C Sam Gagner, C Joe Vitale, RW B.J. Crombeen, G Devan Dubnyk. LOST: RW Radim Vrbata, C Mike Ribeiro, D Derek Morris, LW Paul Bissonnette, G Thomas Greiss. PLAYER TO WATCH: C Antoine Vermette...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Vitale, Smith lead Coyotes to 4-2 win over Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Joe Vitale had a goal and an assist, Mike Smith made 23 saves and the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 Monday night. Brandon McMillan, Shane Doan and David Moss also scored for the Coyotes, who improved to 4-0-2 in exhibition play. Oliver Ekman-Larsson added two assists. Derek Dorsett and Radim Vrbata scored for Vancouver, which...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Why was I not consulted about the Penguins?

Despite what many people who know would say to the contrary, I am not a negative person. With that being said I have a few things I would like to get off my chest regarding the current state of affairs in Penguins land. My biggest complaint is how is Craig Adams still on this roster but Joe Vitale, Lee Stempniak and Brian Gibbons are not? Adams had Amnesty buyout written all over...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Some great GIFs from the Pens playoff run

For the sake of the Internet, we’re just linking to the files directly. Sid jammed Dubinsky’s OT winner Foliiigggnooo! Foligno spin Buckle Up Baby Thank God Joe Vitale is gone Back to the drawing board Marc Staal was out of control Nice drop pass The King jammed Crosby scores! Block the puck, Paul Whoo man  
Via The Pensblog
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Coyotes: Grading free agency

With a free agent pool whose biggest names were Ryan Miller and Paul Stastny, 2014 was already destined to be a slow offseason. Take all that indifference and combine it with a shoestring budget and you get the Arizona Coyotes offseason. Or at least, that’s what the moves suggest.When your biggest signings are a backup goaltender and a fourth-line center, there is very little to...
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes walking fine line between financial prudence, relevance

The first day of free agency was a deflating one for the Coyotes fan base.  Midway through the day, TSN reported there had been 70 deals totaling $500 million. Only two of those belonged to Arizona and neither would be considered major: fourth-line center Joe Vitale and backup goalie Devan Dubnyk, who is coming off a nightmarish season (the team also added six minor league players...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pensblog Podcast – 7/1 – Free Agency breakdown

Going live at 10:38pm – also available to rewatch. Topics: -Free Agency breakdown - ID4 talk - Making fun of Joe Vitale  
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency Update: Joe Vitale to the Arizona Coyotes

Another free agency domino falls and another once Penguin is now former as Joe Vitale heads to the desert.Go ahead, read the rest »
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s the worst play of the Penguins’ season

Joe Vitale’s garbage play in Game 7: We can’t get over this. The crowd was cheering for this extended shift by the fourth line, but they should’ve stopped and calmed their **** because the line didn’t even get a shot on goal. Their best chance was when Vitale was fed the puck behind the net with the Rangers scrambling and out of position. What does Vitale do? He actually...
Via The Pensblog
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 7: The Fall on Fifth Ave.

In the movie “Armageddon,” there is a scene where the drilling fails and a news anchor announces to a stunned public,“We’re getting sketchy information that the mission has suffered massive failure.” If “Armageddon” was based on the Penguins’ 2014 season, it would have just ended there, and Joe Vitale would have been shot into the sun. The phrase “massive failure”...
Via The Pensblog
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Ladies and Gentlemen...Game 7

Well, just when we thought this was going to be a breeze. Here we are. Game 7 just a day away. If you're looking for a straight up explanation as to why the Pittsburgh Penguins were up 3-1 in this series against the New York Rangers and now find themselves locked at 3-3 waiting for (in my opinion) the most nerve-racking situation in sports history...I don't have an answer for you...
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME FOUR. Pens win 4-2, burial Friday night

Don’t discredit what the Penguins are doing in this series by saying the Rangers suck. Because they don’t.   All that’s happening is that the Rangers are a one-dimensional team, and they’re a horrible matchup against the Pens like the Pens are a horrible matchup against the Flyers. In Game 4, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin paved the way for the Penguins again. And again...
Via The Pensblog
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Vitale fell 6 times in Game 2

We were curious, so we went back and watched all of his shifts. Only took like 45 seconds. wtf. no one even touched him. you’re in the nhl. Keep an eye out for him tonight. May have to make up some kind of Joe Vitale Bingo Card.    
Via The Pensblog
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dogs of the playoffs

Pete and Ernest jammed up for the Game Wednesday. (Pics sent in by Nadine S.) Feel free to send us cats, dogs, and whatever other animals you have, in Pens gear or barking at Joe Vitale. thepensblog @ gmail. Solid shirts for Pete and Ernest:  
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2 – Pens 3 Rangers 0

Pens 3  Rangers 0 Series tied at 1. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) **Sorry if you see odd characters in the post, the site is being temperamental today** Goals Letang (2) from Malkin, Kunitz Jokinen (4) (PP) from Neal, Letang Malkin (4) (EN) from Letang Lundqvist did everything humanly possible to try to stop Jokinen. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo) Game 2 Leaders Shots: Crosby ...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME TWO. Pens win 3-0, even series.

In a game they needed to win, the Penguins got their best performances from their biggest moneymakers, and they evened the series at one. That’s more like it. 71 and 87 The Penguins’ coaching staff made a mistake not playing Crosby and Malkin together in Game One. In Game Two, Malkin and Crosby played together the majority of the night, and they flourished. In fact, not only...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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