Colorado’s netminder Semyon Varlamov was by far the busier of the two goalies. He stopped all 33 shots he faced. At the other end, Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak faced only 20 shots. He stopped all but one.
However, Injuries to two different players overshadowed the results.
“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”
The presser could be useful for more than the usual quotes and mission statements, as the Coyotes seem like they may parallel the Toronto Maple Leafs in combining an experienced executive, a young up-and-coming thinker and a more empowered head coach.
Dave Tippett is expected to have more of a say in personnel decisions while the Coyotes hope to bring in a Lou Lamoriello-type to assist Chayka, according to Custance.
Details of a restructured front office will also be released, expect an expanded role in roster decisions for Dave Tippett.