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07-26-2011, 01:50 PM
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Greatest Season by a Coyote

Itís hard to compare different eras, so Iím going to suggest we limit this discussion to those who have played for the club from 1996 to the present. What Iím looking for is who you think had the single best season for the Coyotes. Itís open to any position, so itís not just who scored the most goals, assists, points. You can suggest goaltenders, defenders, faceoff specialists, any criteria you like. Take any Coyote from any season in the desert, and tell us why you think that player had the best season in the history of the club and why. Happy howling.


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Good question. Three came to mind, and nicely enough, one for a defenseman, one for a goalie and one for a forward.

Keith Yandle, 2010-2011
I said it a few months ago and I feel even more certain of it now: The season Yandle just had is the best ever by a Coyotes defenseman. His 59 points are more than any Coyotes' defender has ever scored in a year, but more dramatically, he had 26 points on the powerplay for a team that scored only 46 powerplay goals all year. On an aging, slower defensive squad, Yandle provided vitality and creativity that cascaded through the entire team. No player was more important to last year's team.

Sean Burke, 2001-2002
This was probably not Burke's best year statistically for the Coyotes; he had a better GAA and S% the years before and after this one. But it's also the year that he almost singlehandedly carried the Coyotes to playoffs for what would be their final appearance for the next seven years. In this season, Burke had a renaissance and cemented himself as a bright spot during some dark times.

Keith Tkachuk, 1996-1997
Tkachuk's 52-goal, 228-PIM season is probably the biggest reason I'm a Coyote fan. When I first got into hockey in 1995, I was a bit of a free agent: I lived in Philadelphia, but couldn't bring myself to care about the Flyers. I flirted a bit with the Selanne/Kariya duo in Anaheim, but the Coyotes were a newer, shinier toy, and so I gave them a shot. I liked a lot of the players, but I loved Tkachuk. He was everything I wanted in a hockey player, and the year he had in his first year in Arizona was spectacular and still sticks with me.

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Teppo was a baller. I'm just too lazy to go look up his stats.

Remember uhhhhh Yanic Perrault? At the begining of the season he didn't have a job, and by the end of the year he lead us in goals, was our only All-Star and was amazing at face-offs? Then we traded him the year after for a sack of garbage....

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As good as Burke was that year, I think you have to put Bryz in that list too for the season he was nominated for the Vezina. Yandle & Tkachuk were good nominees, but I don't think you can put No Panic Yanic quite in that same category. Doan has had a number of seasons that are probably comparable to Yanic's nice season.

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As good as Burke was that year, I think you have to put Bryz in that list too for the season he was nominated for the Vezina. Yandle & Tkachuk were good nominees, but I don't think you can put No Panic Yanic quite in that same category. Doan has had a number of seasons that are probably comparable to Yanic's nice season.
I wasn't putting him in as "The best season as a Coyote" because Pho probably nailed it, but I was just having a little flashback to that and felt the pull to post.

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As good as Burke was that year, I think you have to put Bryz in that list too for the season he was nominated for the Vezina. Yandle & Tkachuk were good nominees, but I don't think you can put No Panic Yanic quite in that same category. Doan has had a number of seasons that are probably comparable to Yanic's nice season.
I feel like Burke's year was more impressive given the team he had in front of him. It's not that it didn't have its share of defensive stalwarts -- Handzus, Numminen, pre-lockout Vaananen -- but on the whole, the squad in front of Bryzgalov a couple years ago played much better team defense.

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I think it comes down to Doan, Roenick, Nummenin, and Tkachuk.


It'll be fun to see who comes out of this era.

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Greatest coyote? ? Let's see..I know what was that one that used to chase the roadrunner around?

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I think it comes down to Doan, Roenick, Nummenin, and Tkachuk.


It'll be fun to see who comes out of this era.
+1 for truth! Those 4 players come to my mind for greatest Yote ever. Honorable mentions go to Dallas Drake, Mike Gartner, Cliff Ronning, and The Bulin Wall in my eyes.

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Speaking of the Bulin wall, apparently he's gonna do his time rather than appeal his conviction/sentence.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=372511

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Greatest Season by a Coyote: I say Tkachuk, not only did he put up some monster numbers in Phoenix but that 52goal/228PIM season put him in league record books. Only one other player in history, Brendon Shanahan, had a season where he scored 50+ goals and had over 200+ penalty minutes. Tkachuk was a freaking monster!

Greatest Coyote: It has to be Doan!!!!

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Greatest Season by a Coyote: I say Tkachuk, not only did he put up some monster numbers in Phoenix but that 52goal/228PIM season put him in league record books. Only one other player in history, Brendon Shanahan, had a season where he scored 50+ goals and had over 200+ penalty minutes. Tkachuk was a freaking monster!

Greatest Coyote: It has to be Doan!!!!
That was also the first and thus far only season where the league's leading goal scorer also happened to be the league's leader in penalty minutes.

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Doaner.....the guy is the definition of CLASS.

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Boucher and his 5 in a row record will probably stand for a long time.

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Doan is by far my favourite NHL player let alone Coyote. Gives it all night in and night out. Signs autographs for anyone. All around best personality as a player and as a leader. Had the chance to meet him a couple of times, and man is he just a great person.

Not many players were like this in Phoenix. Tkachuk was a bit of a dick, and Roenick was an episode. I cant stand Roenick anymore due to his TV crap. Nummenin I wasnt a huge fan of, but the numbers cant be ignored. He earned his C when he had it.

I think some other honourable mentions can go to Sean Burke, Mike Gartner, and Khabiboulin (for his tenure here).

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The OP said "best season", so Doan is out, as he hasn't had any single season that has been outstanding in Coyotes' history. He also didn't mention anything about congeniality.

I'd agree with Tkachuk in the first season in Phoenix. We haven't had anybody come close to that goal production since then. Close second goes to Sean Burke's 2001-02 season.

I know he turned south quickly, but I wonder if this discussion might include Ladislav Nagy's 2003-04 season had he played 82 games. He was I remember going to games that season where he was clearly the best player on the ice. Just before his injury, he was going at a point per game, and seemed to be getting stronger with each game. And we all know that he never returned to that form.

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I'm glad you mentioned that Nagy season. I tend to forget about it, but it was the best offensive performance of that time period. Nagy could have been as good as, say, Martin Havlat, but injuries completely derailed him.

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The OP said "best season", so Doan is out, as he hasn't had any single season that has been outstanding in Coyotes' history. He also didn't mention anything about congeniality.

I'd agree with Tkachuk in the first season in Phoenix. We haven't had anybody come close to that goal production since then. Close second goes to Sean Burke's 2001-02 season.

I know he turned south quickly, but I wonder if this discussion might include Ladislav Nagy's 2003-04 season had he played 82 games. He was I remember going to games that season where he was clearly the best player on the ice. Just before his injury, he was going at a point per game, and seemed to be getting stronger with each game. And we all know that he never returned to that form.
The title is "Greatest Coyote"....and in my eyes that is Doan without hesitation

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The title is "Greatest Coyote"....and in my eyes that is Doan without hesitation
Not anymore it isn't. From the OP:

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Itís hard to compare different eras, so Iím going to suggest we limit this discussion to those who have played for the club from 1996 to the present. What Iím looking for is who you think had the single best season for the Coyotes. Itís open to any position, so itís not just who scored the most goals, assists, points. You can suggest goaltenders, defenders, faceoff specialists, any criteria you like. Take any Coyote from any season in the desert, and tell us why you think that player had the best season in the history of the club and why. Happy howling.

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Not anymore it isn't. From the OP:
Hahaha fair enough

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I know he turned south quickly, but I wonder if this discussion might include Ladislav Nagy's 2003-04 season had he played 82 games. He was I remember going to games that season where he was clearly the best player on the ice. Just before his injury, he was going at a point per game, and seemed to be getting stronger with each game. And we all know that he never returned to that form.
+1. Was thinking the same thing.

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I saw a couple games live in 03-04 where Nagy was unreal. Great hands complemented by a nasty edge and drive to go to the net. It's amazing how far he fell after the injuries. Even still, Doan was the better player in my eyes that season. He was in his prime. Dominant at times, despite the lack of a team around him, and that continued for several seasons after that.

Tkachuk in 96-97 takes the cake though. 50 goal scorers don't come around often, even if 90% were a combination of tips in front and/or empty netters.


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Nagy's injury was a knee, correct?

BTW: I looked at his Wikipedia page and last year (2010-2011) He played 49 games for 2 teams and but up more than a PPG, but this was in the Sweedish and Slovakian leagues.... He plays in the KHL now. And apparently he is only 32.


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Wrist. But while he may have recovered from it physically, it lingered in the sense that he was no longer willing to drive to the net. After a few years of nagging injuries, I think he became hesitant to engage physically lest he hurt himself again. But unfortunately for him, becoming a perimeter player absolutely killed his productivity.

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