Geez, I'd hate to deal Mara at this point. He's actually had a fairly strong season but his performance has been overshadowed by Tanabe's unbeleivable skating and overall excitement level.
I'd hate to deal Mara too, but I think ideally he is a 2nd pair defensemen, and we need him to be a top pair. My new philosophy is that everyone is available for the right price. If it will improve this team, I will trade a player like Mara. It just has to be part of the big picture, not trade Mara now to win in 8 years.
I am not ready to throw in the playoff towel just yet. The coyotes just survived a stretch of 9 games against solid playoff bound teams. Yet still sit at .500. As hard as the schedule has been the last few weeks, it is just as soft after the all-star break.
Only 4 of the first 14 games after the break are against western conference playoff teams. The coyotes get the ducks twice, Edmonton twice and Pittsburgh, all teams struggling. If the coyotes can get on a roll they play 11 games in 19 days. No more than one day off between games. Suck it up, strap em on and play hard.