The Phoenix Coyotes, in my humble opinion, resemble their namesake quite aptly this season. The Coyote, known to be an elusive survivalist in nature, is exactly what this team from Phoenix have emulated. Threatened to the point of extinction, the Desert Dogs have evaded their hunters, – deep pocketed potential owners from cities wanting an expansion. This year, they have a chance to make good on the time extension they’ve been given, but it will not be without it’s difficulties. Star goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made headlines as he pulled up his roots, and headed for the big money in Philadelphia. Glen Brewer of Howlin’ Hockey takes you through everything Coyote related as they embark on a new section of their storied jouney.
It is finally time to start talking about the on ice issues regarding the Coyotes. Time to pack away the baseball gear and break out the skates. Here is a preview on the 2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes.
This is the group that will carry the Coyotes to the level they want to be at. The forwards have a great mix of grit, skill, and responsibility. It is a part of the team that does not get enough credit because they lack the flashy highlight reels, and explosive stats. If anything can be learned from the Phoenix Coyotes play in the last two years, it’s that this team truly relies on smart team play. The one thing that GM Don Maloney and Dave Tippett do well is bringing in players that fit the system and the locker room. This off-season was no different with the addition of Daymond Langkow, Boyd Gordon, and Raffi Torres. All three will contribute heavily to the team, especially on special teams. These veteran players, combined with the promising youth, make the forwards deep and dangerous. The depth at the AHL level will make it easier to deal with minor injuries throughout the long season.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have become accustomed to having a sizable amount of media attention. Of course, having the premier player in the league sidelined due to concussion after effects only adds to the focus. Evgeni Malkin’s story could be just what the organization needs, as he looks primed to make up for lost time last season as well. Considering the significant injuries they endured, the team performed very well, under some excellent coaching. Bill Mayer from Pens Labryrinth delivers his take on what fans of the Penguins can expect from their next campaign.
It’s the day you’ve all been waiting for…my season preview for your Pittsburgh Penguins!
Three words will determine the Penguins fate this season: Sidney Crosby’s health. If Crosby can return to form, the Pens will be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. If Sid misses significant time with post-concussion symptoms or – gasp! – gets re-injured, this could be another one-and-done playoff season.
There’s no doubt Evgeni Malkin’s and Jordan Staal’s health are also vital to Pittsburgh’s success, but let’s be honest – this is Crosby’s team. Without him last year, the Pens just couldn’t score. This proved to be a fatal flaw against Tampa in the playoffs.
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