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09-01-2009, 03:24 AM
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Coyotes/Hockey news for the week of August 31, 2009

GMDM will be holding a press conference this afternoon at the Job. I'll have a writeup of the presser later this evening.

Included in the article are Individual Coyotes Tickets going on sale, video of the Athletes Resource Conditioning Camp, Day 1 of the ASU Hockey Open Tryouts, and some other cool stuff.

http://coyotes.azvibe.com/2009/09/01...ugust-31-2009/


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What is the press conference for?

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What is the press conference for?
Maybe tell us what the h-e-double hockey sticks happended with Tanguay!!!

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Hopefully he addresses the coaching situation. With training camp two weeks away
it would be great to have it settled now. With the situation being the way it is, I
suspect Wayne steps down as coach for the good of the club.

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It was more of a media availablity session along with letting the media watch the ice being put in. However, they just canceled the session about an hour ago.

I was planning on asking a bunch of questions about off-season transactions and whatnot. There was at least one other reporter that was wondering about the coaching situation too.

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I've wanted Gretzky to step down as Coach for a while now, but I hate the fact that it takes us possibly losing our team for it to happen.

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It was more of a media availablity session along with letting the media watch the ice being put in. However, they just canceled the session about an hour ago.

I was planning on asking a bunch of questions about off-season transactions and whatnot. There was at least one other reporter that was wondering about the coaching situation too.
Cancelled, huh? Dubya tee eff, m8? We haven't heard from The Don in too long.

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The coaching situation will not be addressed until after the auction. Ice Edge made it clear they're planning on keeping him on board, and Gretzky made it clear he supports their bid.

I'd be shocked if the Ice Edge / Gretzky negotiations revolved around a puppet role as an honorary exec. I'm sure he'll take a big pay cut, but it's obvious he loves the coaching job and feels like he still needs to prove something. If he's being demoted from the coaching job and has to see his pay reduced by at least 50%, why wouldn't he just walk away?

If Ice Edge wins, Gretzky will be behind the bench for the foreseeable future.

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Cancelled, huh? Dubya tee eff, m8? We haven't heard from The Don in too long.
I know, I know. However, the coyotes cited 'unforseen circumstances' which is fine. It happens.

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I know, I know. However, the coyotes cited 'unforseen circumstances' which is fine. It happens.
Hopefully those circumstances are that Donny is too deep in talks involving us getting another top six scorer. I seriously doubt it, but a guy can dream, right?

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If Ice Edge wins, Gretzky will be behind the bench for the foreseeable future.
What's the point of keeping the team in Phoenix if they're just going to continue to lose, miserably, every year?

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Hopefully those circumstances are that Donny is too deep in talks involving us getting another top six scorer. I seriously doubt it, but a guy can dream, right?
Yeah, you gotta give him the benefit of the doubt tho...

That said, I think I have the topic of my next Coyotes editorial....

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What's the point of keeping the team in Phoenix if they're just going to continue to lose, miserably, every year?
Other than us Coyote fans, I haven't seen any media coverage citing Gretzky's poor coaching as a reason for the team's sub-par performances. Sure, a few quotes here and there wondering about his abilities, but nothing even close to calling for his dismissal. Instead, everything I've read about Gretzky has to do with the outrageous amount of cash he was being given for the job.

My point is that I'm not sure a whole lot of people other than Coyote fans are thinking a Gretzky-coached team can't win. And it looks as if canadien potential owners (Balsillie, Ice Edge) are getting a serious hard on about the prospect of bringing back in canadian arenas. Balsillie was willing to pay him $ 22M + arena naming rights, Ice Edge want to give him an important role.

Don't get me wrong, I definitely want him out. But whereas both Reinsdorf and Bettman were pretty clear about Gretzky not being part of their plans, JB and Ice Edge want to keep him. And that concerns me.

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Other than us Coyote fans, I haven't seen any media coverage citing Gretzky's poor coaching as a reason for the team's sub-par performances.
Gretzky wasn't the problem last season. The lack of organziational depth was the achilles heel.

That said, they do need tatical help on special teams.

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Let's not go down that road again.

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Gretzky wasn't the problem last season. The lack of organziational depth was the achilles heel.

That said, they do need tatical help on special teams.
That's why you got to give it to the Don. He improved the team going back to the deadline in a lot of areas that we needed to improve. He had his hands tied but he still went out and got a valuable pk energy line guy in Fiddler. More experience on the back end with Vandemeer and Aucoin, and a top 6 forward who had chemistry with our team, for our 2 worst players.

As for the games in Saskatoon, I can live with it if it means the team is here for the long run. When the team starts drawing better I'm sure we will see 41 games out of jobing again.

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¿Qué?

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When the team starts drawing better I'm sure we will see 41 games out of jobing again.
I don't know. Once you open that door it's pretty hard to close it again.

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¿Qué?
That is, let's not derail yet another thread into a "Should Gretzky still coach the Coyotes?" echo chamber.

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That is, let's not derail yet another thread into a "Should Gretzky still coach the Coyotes?" echo chamber.
Oh. I guess I should've been able to figure that out on my own. Perhaps my Gretzky hate was blinding me.

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I don't know. Once you open that door it's pretty hard to close it again.
I'm sure. I guess I would rather have 36 games in Glendale rather than 41 in Hamilton. I don't know a ton about what's going on, I'm just kind of hoping for the best.

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That is, let's not derail yet another thread into a "Should Gretzky still coach the Coyotes?" echo chamber.
I don't think he should.





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