They gathered for one last showing Sunday before convening one more time today when they empty out their locker stalls, and it wouldn't be unrealistic to expect the Coyotes to look different when they reassemble in the fall. Change, it seems, is the current preferred flavor. Sunday's season finale, a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars in front of 15,146 at Jobing.com Arena that snapped a seasonlong seven-game losing streak, was the last game for the Phoenix Coyotes as the name change to Arizona Coyotes will take hold in the off-season. But not everyone here now might be able to carry out the rebranding efforts of the ownership group. "When you don't make the playoffs, everybody's up for evaluation," coach Dave Tippett said. "That's just the way this game is." Even when the Coyotes lacked owners, a non-playoff finish was below expectations. Now that IceArizona is at the helm, consecutive early exits are interpreted as failure. "We have no excuses next year," President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. "If we don't hit our targets, it's all on us and if hockey doesn't do what they need to do, they can look at us because we're here to support them now." And that's an opportunity that didn't exist in the past — the flexibility to tailor the team as General Manager Don Maloney and Tippett see fit. "Ultimately, that's going to be the question we pose to these guys," LeBlanc said. "'What do you guys need from us to make you better?'" The Coyotes were able to pull past the Stars, breaking a 1-1 tie with 2:31 left on a one-timer from winger Dave Moss. Earlier, the Stars opened the scoring 2:35 in with a power-play goal from center Colton Sceviour and then the Coyotes tied it 31 seconds into the second with a captain Shane Doan redirect. Goalie Thomas Greiss made 16 saves.
Coyotes end season with win over the Stars
Arizona Republic | Apr 14