If the Coyotes were to listen to the people yelling around them, nothing would change for a franchise doing all it can to find sustainable footing in Arizona.

Armchair owners undoubtedly feel the Coyotes must prioritize a new arena above all else in order to succeed in the Valley. The reality, however, is far more complex and requires that the Coyotes prioritize something far more important — winning.

This is what the Coyotes have done in the form of an offseason agenda punctuated by the acquisition of Phil Kessel, one of the NHL's most consistent goal-scorers over the past decade.

For a Coyotes team that finished just two points out of a playoff spot last season, the Kessel acquisition is the biggest in a slew of messages to fans that the Coyotes are ready to contend.

And the fans have responded.