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2014-15 Arizona Coyotes Preview: Blue Line Scoring Key To Playoff Chances

The Coyotes ditched the “Phoenix” part of their name after last season to officially become the “Arizona Coyotes.” The franchise’s success has been built on a deep, talented blue line over the last four years and 2014-15 should be no different. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the best defenseman on the team as a two-way player who plays against elite competition and excels on special...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Expect changes after Coyotes' playoff-less season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hours before his team knew its fate, defenseman Zbynek Michalek finally declared what everyone else was thinking about this so-called playoff race between the Coyotes and the Stars. "It's like nobody wants it," he said. Somebody did Friday night. Dallas came to play in a thorough 3-0 win over short-handed and struggling St. Louis at American Airlines...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars' win ends Coyotes' playoff hopes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hours before his team knew its fate, Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek finally declared what everyone else was thinking about this so-called playoff race between the Coyotes and the Dallas Stars. "It's like nobody wants it," he said. Somebody did Friday night. Dallas came to play in a thorough, 3-0 win over the shorthanded and struggling St. Louis...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Team Czech Republic hockey preview: Too many veterans

Looking up and down the Team Czech Republic roster reveals plenty of notable players. The problem with those names is that the majority of them are on the back end of their careers. Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, Milan Michalek, Petr Nedved, Tomas Kaberle, Michal Rozsival, and Marek Zidlicky have all seen better days. Players such as Jagr and Elias are still playing at a premium level...
Via The Sports Bank
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Coyotes take down the Pittsburgh Penguins at home

When they brainstormed how to combat the seemingly otherworldly skill of Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, defensemen Zbynek Michalek and Oliver Ekman-Larsson decided they would protect the middle of the ice and push Crosby and his linemates to the outside. Let them have shots from the boards, they thought. But what turned out to be one of the pair’s most successful...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes rebound with complete effort against Penguins

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Consistency was the challenge Coyotes coach Dave Tippett laid at his team's feet after an inexplicable loss to the Sabres on Thursday. Consistency was exactly what Phoenix delivered for 60 minutes on Saturday against the Eastern Conference's top dog. The Coyotes' centers were all rock solid, Radim Vrbata buried a huge third-period chance, Mike Smith...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Rare Michalek goal helps Coyotes beat Penguins 3-1

Two nights after losing to the Eastern Conference's worst team, the Phoenix Coyotes handled the best. Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team, his first goal in 83 games, and the Coyotes became the first Pacific Division team to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation this season with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night. Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist for Phoenix...
Via AP on Fox
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes bounce back, take down Penguins

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team, his first goal in 83 games, and the Phoenix Coyotes became the first Pacific Division team to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation this season with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night. Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist for Phoenix. Radim Vrbata scored the third goal for the Coyotes...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 55: Penguins vs. Coyotes Preview

Zbynek Michalek. Anyone remember that guy? Yeah. I don’t either. Mike Smith. Remember early in the season when he had more goals than Claude Giroux? That was fun. In all seriousness though, about the only storyline between these two teams coming into the game is Michalek hosting his former team. My joke about Michalek wasn’t…
Via This Is Getting Old
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Tuesday Morning Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, -  I asked a couple of capologists what they think a 90-cent Canadian dollar (or lower) will do to next year's cap ceiling. Both said it's not insignificant. One predicted it could drop the total by $1 million, while the other said he ran a model that put it closer to $1.5 million. Something to keep an eye on. -  I heard from a couple...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes notes: Michalek returns, brings much-needed grit

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- No sacrifice is too great for Coyotes defenseman (and soon-to-be Czech Republic Olympian) Zbynek Michalek. He played through a cracked bone in his foot last season. He returned early -- too early -- from a hip injury earlier this season. He even blocked a shot with his face in the preseason against the Kings, a play that cost him three front teeth. So when he...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes’ Zbynek Michalek tests ailing hip against Canucks

Considering Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek isn’t sure if his ailing hip will ever regain complete health this season, a timeline for a return hasn’t existed. But after two weeks of skating on his own — and two solid practice days earlier this week — Michalek decided Thursday’s game against a Pacific Division rival, the Vancouver Canucks, was an appropriate time for...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Hanzal, Michalek make Czech Olympic roster; Vrbata snubbed

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The second wave of Olympic roster selections were announced on Monday. Another Phoenix Coyote was snubbed. Center Martin Hanzal and injured defenseman Zbynek Michalek made the Czech Republic's roster, but right wing Radim Vrbata did not. "I'm surprised. I think he deserves to be on the team. His statistics speak for themselves the last couple of years...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Without Doan, Coyotes in survival mode

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There are hot streaks over the course of an NHL season, and there are times when a team just looks to survive. With captain Shane Doan and key defenseman Zbynek Michalek still out of the lineup for an indefinite period of time, it sure feels like the latter for the Coyotes. Phoenix played well enough for much of Friday's post-holiday game with San Jose at Jobing...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes recall D Klesla from AHL; Michalek out indefinitely

The Phoenix Coyotes have recalled defenseman Rostislav Klesla from their AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine. The Coyotes also said defenseman Zbynek Michalek will be out indefinitely after suffering a lower-body injury against Montreal on Tuesday night. He left early in the first period against the Canadiens and has left the team for further evaluation. Once one of Phoenix's...
Via AP on Fox
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes' D Zbynek Michalek out indefinitely

The Phoenix Coyotes have lost defenseman Zbynek Michalek indefinitely with a lower-body injury he sustained in the game Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens. According to the Coyotes, Michalek has left the team to see team medical staff for further evaluation. Michalek has four assists in 24 games and a plus-10 rating that is tops among Phoenix defensemen. He missed nine games...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes cruise past the Lightning, 6-3

Their blue line was short on experience and relying on youth, partly due to injury but also somewhat by design. With veterans Derek Morris and Zbynek Michalek banged up and Rusty Klesla a healthy scratch, the Coyotes called on 20-year-old Connor Murphy to make his NHL debut and also enlisted David Rundblad to round out the defense. But no matter what position the revolving door...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes slip past Flames in OT

Zbynek Michalek scored at 3:53 of overtime Wednesday night to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 3-2 preseason victory over the Calgary Flames. The goal came on a slap shot from the blue line with Reto Berra screened by a group of players in front. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix. The Coyotes finish their preseason Friday night with a home game against the San...
Via AP on Fox
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes slip past Flames in overtime

CALGARY, Alberta -- Zbynek Michalek scored at 3:53 of overtime Wednesday night to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 3-2 preseason victory over the Calgary Flames. The goal came on a slap shot from the blue line with Reto Berra screened by a group of players in front. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix. The Coyotes finish their preseason Friday night with a home...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Game 1 Preview: Phoenix Coyotes @ Dallas Stars

Phoenix Coyotes @ Dallas Stars 7:00 PM CT American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Phoenix (low)down: The Coyotes are coming off their franchise’s best season ever. They won the Pacific Division for the first time in their history and made it all the way to the Conference finals where they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings. They had a relatively...
Via Stars of Big D
January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Things you forgot: The Michalek salary dump

Let's just say it, Ray Shero's tenure in Pittsburgh has been as close to flawless as we've seen. He hasn't made a ton of big moves, but when he does, they usually pay off. But his biggest failures to date were the Paul Martin, and Zbynek Michalek signings in the summer 2010. He signed them for contracts worth a grand total of 45 million. And then, at the draft...
Via The Pensblog
January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Business as usual for Coyotes in free agency

While most NHL franchises are zeroing in on the big-name free agents that will go on the market July 1, a familiar game plan is taking shape in the Coyotes front office. "Well continue to look for value, Phoenix general manager Don Maloney said with a hint of resignation. Its simply a fact of the franchise and our finances. "A year from now, when (prospective owner...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Zbynek Michalek Looks Forward To His Return To Phoenix

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...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Coyotes notebook: Yandle on the way out?

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...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Michalek returns to Coyotes; is Yandle on way out?

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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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