Coyotes Rumors & News

  • Capitals’ Karl Alzner ‘improving,’ and Barry Trotz would consider dressing seven defensemen

    Washington Post "Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner is “improving” in his recovery from an undisclosed upper-body injury, Washington Coach Barry Trotz said on Saturday. Alzner has been skating for the past three days, and on Friday, he participated in the morning skate with his teammates, indicating that he’s nearing..." April 22

  • Coyotes sign goaltender Hunter Miska to entry-level contract "Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Hunter Miska to an entry-level contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "We are very pleased to sign Hunter to an entry level contract," said Chayka. "Hunter was..." April 15

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Patrick goes No. 1 in TSN's post-season mock draft

    TSN "Nolan Patrick is on pace to make history – twice. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Brandon Wheat Kings’ centre going first overall to the last place Colorado Avalanche – provided it wins the draft lottery scheduled to take place April 29 – in the TSN post-season mock..." April 11

  • Wild ride four-game winning streak into playoffs

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau expressed little concern over his team's 4-10-2 March swoon that allowed the Chicago Blackhawks to climb past Minnesota and secure the Central Division title and the Western Conference's top seed. "Once the playoffs come, everybody's got..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • After heart attack, leg amputation, Coyotes’ minor-leaguer Craig Cunningham takes ice again

    The Comeback "Six months ago, Craig Cunningham almost died after suffering a pre-game heart attack that led to his heart not beating for two days. Four months ago, the Arizona Coyotes’ minor-leaguer had part of his left leg amputated thanks to infection fears. Today, he took the ice at the Coyotes’ Gila River..." April 09

  • Uncertainty surrounds Doan ahead of potential final game

    Arizona Sports "Shane Doan has not decided if he will retire after this season — one in which he has just six goals and 26 points, which would be his lowest output since the 1998-99 season. “I really don’t know,” said Doan, who has not set a timeline for making his decision. “I truly wish I did. It would make..." April 08

  • Craig Cunningham receives award for dedication to hockey "Craig Cunningham, who collapsed on the ice prior to an American Hockey League game on Nov. 19, was named the winner of the AHL's Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award on Friday. The award is given to the AHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to..." April 08

  • Vrbata's two goals lead Coyotes past Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ever since they fell off the playoff pace, the Arizona Coyotes insisted they were focused not on draft position but on progress. They made some more Thursday. Radim Vrbata scored a pair of goals and Luke Schenn and Alex Burmistrov also scored as the Coyotes beat the..." April 07

  • Honka's first career goal lifts Stars past Coyotes in OT

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Julius Honka scored with 1:15 remaining in overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday at American Airlines Center. Honka scored his first career goal on a slap shot from the slot after getting a pass from Jason Spezza. "It feels good," Honka said...." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • Kings' playoff hopes dashed by nemesis Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The Coyotes usually play the Kings tough at Staples Center, yet Arizona's 2-1 victory Sunday night is likely the most difficult loss of all for Los Angeles to swallow. Arizona's fifth straight win at Staples Center eliminated the Kings from playoff contention for the second..." April 03

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Ekman-Larsson takes leave of absence from Coyotes "Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Club has granted defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson a leave of absence from the team following the death of his mother. Ekman-Larsson will travel back to Sweden today to be with his father, brother and other family members and..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Coyotes halt Capitals' six-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz wanted at least a three-point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets heading into Sunday's Metropolitan Division showdown with the Blue Jackets in Columbus. He'll have it, but not the way he would have scripted it. Louis Domingue made a..." April 01

  • Blues close in on playoffs with another win over Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The St. Louis Blues moved within a point of a playoff berth on Wednesday with a win over a familiar victim. Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored, and Carter Hutton made 22 saves in the Blues' 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River..." March 30

  • NHL to unveil protected and available player lists for expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Call it a victory for the people. The NHL has decided to change course and publicly release the list of protected and available players during the June expansion draft. The decision was made after "further consideration of views and feedback we received on the subject," NHL deputy..." March 29

  • IOC email links NHL South Korea participation to Beijing 2022

    Sportsnet "Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its..." March 29

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Schwartz scores twice to lead Blues past Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- There was a long stretch this season when Jaden Schwartz had to find satisfaction in ways other than scoring goals for the St. Louis Blues. During a stretch of 25 games, his only goal came into an empty net. His teammates and coaches kept telling him that when he finally did..." March 27

  • Coyotes sign Clayton Keller to 3-year, entry-level deal

    Arizona Sports "The Coyotes are bringing in one of their most promising prospects a little ahead of schedule. Boston University freshman forward Clayton Keller signed a three-year entry-level deal on Sunday, one day after the Terriers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 loss to Minnesota Duluth in..." March 26

  • Winnik helps make Capitals a winner against Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- With just over seven minutes left in a game they couldn't afford to lose, the Washington Capitals suddenly found themselves a man down and tied with the Arizona Coyotes. Daniel Winnik helped kill off the penalty and then won the game. Winnik scored twice, including the..." March 25

  • Panthers didn’t want to trade Crouse, but Bolland contract was ‘strangling’ them

    Miami Herald "Rookie forward Lawson Crouse, the 12th overall pick by the Panthers in the 2015 draft held in Sunrise, also made his BB&T on-ice debut Thursday. Florida traded Crouse to the Coyotes last summer as part of a salary cap dump; Arizona took on the final three years and $16.5-million of Dave..." March 24

  • Arizona lawmaker suggests Coyotes pledge more money for new arena

    Arizona Republic "Legislation that would give the Arizona Coyotes $225 million in public funding for a new arena is nearly dead, Senate President Steve Yarbrough told The Arizona Republic Thursday. "At this point, I have no expectation that that bill is going to move," Yarbrough said. The Chandler Republican..." March 24

  • Marchessault's outburst lifts Panthers past Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Speed defines Jonathan Marchessault. He is fast and, on Thursday night, he scored fast -- twice in 26 seconds -- breaking a tie and leading the Florida Panthers past the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 at BB&T Center. "He gave us a huge boost," Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said..." March 23

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • Lightning suffer crushing loss to Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Every advantage was there for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They were at home against a lesser opponent playing a backup goalie on the tail end of a back-to-back. Up 3-2 in the third period, the Lightning let two points slip away in the wild-card chase when the Arizona Coyotes..." March 21

  • Bettman: 'Assume' NHL not going to Olympics

    TSN "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman is advising fans to brace for the 2018 Winter Olympics to take place without NHL players in Pyeongchang. Speaking to Reuters in New York on Tuesday at the Sports Business Summit, Bettman said “people should assume” the NHL is not going to play in..." March 21

  • Ellis' two goals propel Predators past Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- According to Ryan Ellis, his increased production this season is a combination of opportunity and confidence. "I'm just trying to keep things going in the right direction," the Nashville Predators defenseman said. "We've got some great forwards on this team, and I'm just..." March 20

  • Retirement could be in cards for Coyotes’ Michalek

    Arizona Republic "The Coyotes added options to their roster Sunday on the brink of a five-game road trip, recalling defenseman Zbynek Michalek and center Laurent Dauphin from the American Hockey League. Arizona had enough healthy players Saturday to field a lineup (20), but coach Dave Tippett said Sunday the..." March 20

  • Blues continue mastery of Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The St. Louis Blues were already on a roll when they arrived in Arizona, but the Coyotes never seem to slow the Blues down. Alex Pietrangelo, Scottie Upshall and David Perron scored and Jake Allen made 31 saves for his fourth shutout this season as St. Louis beat Arizona..." March 19

  • Adorable 4-year old pops the question to NHL player, gets ‘engaged’

    Fox Sports "A 4-year-old Arizona Coyotes fan named Gracie got to meet her favorite player, LW Anthony Duclair, and she had a very special note prepared for him. Via “Dear Duke, I’m Gracie, and I’m four. I love you! Are you happy to be back? Will you marry me?” Duclair said it was his first..." March 19

  • Nyquist's shootout goal gives Detroit a win over Arizona

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Detroit Red Wings and Arizona Coyotes owned the NHL's two best shootout records entering Thursday's game at Gila River Arena. Something had to give, and it was No. 2 giving way to No. 1. Gustav Nyquist scored the format's lone goal and the Red Wings improved to 8-0 in..." March 17

  • Kings suffer blow to playoff prospects with SO loss

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- On a night when the Los Angeles Kings needed a victory to keep pace in the Western Conference race, the undermanned Arizona Coyotes left Staples Center with an extra point that made the home team's path to the postseason more difficult. Max Domi scored twice, including the..." March 15

  • Smith sets Coyotes shutout record in win over Avs

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Smith was not aware he was within striking distance of the Coyotes' franchise shutout record when the season began. On Monday, he took sole possession of it. Brendan Perlini scored his 13th goal of the season and Smith made 22 saves to record his franchise-record 22nd..." March 14

  • Filling No. 1 center void could be tough for Arizona Coyotes

    Arizona Republic "The title has transferred ownership over the years, moving from Jeremy Roenick to Daymond Langkow and on to Mike Ribeiro – for just a season – and then Antoine Vermette. Martin Hanzal was the latest to hold the distinction as the Coyotes’ No. 1 center, sitting at the top of the team’s depth..." March 14

  • Coyotes want to sign Clayton Keller after his season at Boston University

    USA Today "Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka’s long-term investments may pay dividends quicker than anticipated. The Coyotes hope to sign prize prospect Clayton Keller as soon as his season at Boston University is over, Chayka told USA TODAY Sports. TSN hockey analyst Craig Button, a former..." March 13

  • Smith saves day as Coyotes outlast Devils

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The last time New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was in Arizona, the Coyotes fired 96 shot attempts his way and never put one past him. On Saturday at Gila River Arena, the Coyotes only needed 10 shots to end Schneider's night. Arizona scored four goals in the..." March 12

  • Coyotes GM John Chayka reflects on first year: 'We are 29th'

    USA Today "Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka’s first season as the youngest GM in the history of the four major sports has given him an understanding of why the job makes you old before your time. Asked to grade his performance, the 27-year-old Chayka said: “We are 29th and that’s how we grade..." March 12

  • Karlsson's two goals lead Senators to OT win

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion stepped into the press box elevator at Gila River Arena after the second period and asked to ride it down to the 100 level to watch the third period. "With what I'm seeing up here, I want to puke," said Dorion, whose team..." March 10

  • Glendale: Coyotes, not city, to blame for financial mess

    Arizona Republic "Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps and former Mayor Elaine Scruggs said they have had enough after the Arizona Coyotes and National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman this week badmouthed the city and threatened to move the team if lawmakers don't provide the franchise a new arena. Phelps,..." March 10

  • Ex-NHLer Craig Cunningham makes amazing progress after leg amputation

    Fox Sports "One of the most emotional stories of this hockey season was that of Craig Cunningham, who collapsed on the ice before an AHL game late last year. Cunningham, who spent time in the NHL with the Bruins and Coyotes, went into cardiac arrest just prior to a Tucson Roadrunners game in November. His..." March 09

  • Colin Campbell ‘nervous’ as unchanged offsides rule looms ahead of playoffs

    Sportsnet "Colin Campbell refers to it as Mike Murphy’s Law. A nod to his right-hand man, yes, but also the NHL’s penchant for finding itself in some kind of rules quagmire at the most important time of year. Consider it a by-product of a game played with a bouncing piece of rubber on ice. "We always..." March 08