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Barroway doing ‘what’s right’ for Coyotes

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CHICAGO — If it wasn’t clear that Andrew Barroway is running the show in Arizona, it sure is now.

Since Barroway bought out his minority partners earlier this month, the Coyotes have cut ties with captain Shane Doan, traded goalie Mike Smith, and parted ways with head coach Dave Tippett.

That is no coincidence. Doan, Smith, and Tippett were the old guard, and Barroway wants to chart a new path.

For the breakup with Tippett, Barroway cited “philosophical differences on how to build” the team.

“I mean, he’s 100 percent owner,” GM John Chayka said Friday before the NHL Entry Draft. “Usually those guys do have some influence. … I think he’s trying to do what’s right for the organization moving forward. He wants to help find us an arena and keep us (in Arizona) long term. He wants to help us build a team. He’s invested emotionally, financially, everything. I respect that about him.”

Read more: ‘It was the owner’s decision’

But the shakeup hasn’t been easy on Chayka, who now has to find a new head coach, in addition to everything else on his plate.

“I’m 24 hours past Dave Tippett, and he’s a tough guy to get over,” said Chayka. “I’m focused on picking the best player tonight, then going from there.”

The Coyotes have the 23rd overall pick tonight. That was the selection they got from Minnesota in the Martin Hanzal trade. Arizona’s pick, the seventh overall selection, went to the Rangers in today’s Derek Stepan trade.

Hectic times for the Desert Dogs.

Related: Coyotes acquire Niklas Hjalmarsson from Chicago

End of an era: Coyotes part ways with Tippett days after Doan departure

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The Arizona Coyotes will look different in 2017-18, and not just because longtime captain Shane Doan won’t be back. The team confirmed that they’re parting ways with head coach Dave Tippett late on Thursday.

Tippett spent eight seasons as head coach of the Coyotes, peaking with a run to the 2012 Western Conference Final. Early on, he distinguished himself as being able to coach a sound enough defense to help the team correct for a low-budget roster.

In recent years, he hasn’t been able to conjure that same magic. The Coyotes missed the playoffs in the last five seasons of Tippett’s tenure.

“On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Tip for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization,” Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway said. “Tip is a man of high character and we are very grateful for his leadership during his tenure as our head coach. Ultimately, we have some philosophical differences on how to build our team. Therefore, we mutually agreed that it is in everyone’s best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward.”

Along with Doan and Tippett, Mike Smith is also out of town, and the ownership situation has come into focus. Former GM Don Maloney was fired last summer, so this franchise has been making big changes for some time, even ignoring the perennial arena drama.

The Coyotes announced that a new coaching search would kick into gear “immediately.” They might not have scored points with potential candidates considering the last week or so …

It’s a true changing of the guard out in the desert. This is also a time of stability heading into Friday, the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

More on the changes

Coyotes receive criticism for the way they handled Doan’s departure.

Mike Smith traded to Calgary, “no consolation prize” for Flames.

Plenty of trade chatter now that freeze is over

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The NHL trade freeze officially ended at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday morning, but we haven’t officially seen any moves. Still, expect some transactions to go down in the very near future.

According to TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie, there are a few specific names that might find themselves in new cities sooner than later.

Per McKenzie, the Carolina Hurricanes are very interested in new Golden Knights defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who they acquired from Chicago during the expansion draft.

The former Blackhawk is 25 years old, and he had 16 points and 29 penalty minutes in 58 games during the 2016-17 season.

McKenzie also mentioned the strong possibility of the Oilers dealing Jordan Eberle at some point, but he also added that a deal isn’t necessarily close. A trade could occur on Friday.

Eberle had 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games, but he was nowhere to be seen during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as he had two assists and a minus-6 rating in 13 games.

The fact that Eberle comes with a cap hit of $6 million doesn’t help his odds of sticking around in Edmonton. After all, they’ll need all the cap space they can get for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl‘s extensions.

For over a week now, the Minnesota Wild have been at the front of the line when it comes to trade rumors. The Wild have bodies they can move on the blue line, as they were able to keep Matt Dumba, Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin away from Vegas.

Now, it sounds like Scandella may be the player most likely to move in the next little while.

Going back to McKenzie’s Twitter timeline, he suggests that Brodin is the player they least want to part ways with, while Scandella is the one most likely to be dealt.

The Arizona Coyotes have already made some noise this week. They traded for Nick Cousins, moved Mike Smith to Calgary and parted ways with Shane Doan. But TSN’s Darren Dreger believes there will be more movement in the desert.

Now all we need is for two teams (or more) to pull the trigger!

Coyotes facing criticism for ‘ham-handed’ Doan dismissal

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The Arizona Coyotes have parted ways with Shane Doan, and the reviews are poor.

It wasn’t so much the decision that’s drawn criticism. After all, Doan is 40 years old and coming off a seven-goal season.

Rather, it was the way the Coyotes handled it — with a statement from owner Andrew Barroway, but no words from Doan or GM John Chayka or head coach Dave Tippett.

Doan was told of the decision Saturday morning during a brief meeting with Chayka at a Scottsdale restaurant.

Here’s Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports:

Doan deserved a better fate than this ham-handed dismissal. There was no rush to get this done. Why not wait until after the NHL Draft? Why not have several private conversations with Barroway and Tippett in attendance? Get your message right, be clear on why this must be done, make that offer of a front-office role immediately, not after the fact, and bend over backwards to respect a guy who literally gave his blood, sweat and tears to this organization.

And here’s Dan Buckley of the Arizona Republic:

Anyone watching the Coyotes in 2016-17 could see that Doan doesn’t have much left in his legs. NHL teams are now putting a premium on speed and skating ability, and the aging power forward struggled to keep up during the previous season, losing ice time and power-play opportunities.

But the Coyotes won’t be a Cup contender next season. They don’t need to give his roster spot to a rising young star. Pulling up the stakes on the most popular player in team history only reinforces the belief that current management isn’t concerned with your feelings, exacerbating fears that the Coyotes will end up in Seattle, where KeyArena is being renovated to lure an NHL team and the return of an NBA franchise.

That’s the thing with the Coyotes — everything that happens with this team happens under the shadow of their arena situation.

That Barroway took full control of the franchise last week, then quickly cut ties with the team’s most popular player is bound to get people talking.

That Barroway hasn’t spoken publicly since buying out his minority partners has left Coyotes fans wondering what, exactly, is going on.

Related: ‘It was the owner’s decision’

PHT Morning Skate: Bob McKenzie’s top 100 draft prospects

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–The Vegas Golden Knights won’t necessarily pick the best possible roster during Wednesday’s expansion draft, but here’s what they roster could look like if they did go with the best available players. They probably won’t go with guys like Alexei Emelin, Toby Enstrom or Jay McClemment. (Sportsnet)

–TSN’s Bob McKenzie drew up his top 93 draft prospects (and honorable mentions) ahead of this Friday’s amateur draft. Nico Hischier got the nod as the top player. (TSN.ca)

–So you’ve been picked by an expansion club, now what? Post Media’s John Matisz spoke to different players that have been claimed in past expansion drafts. Jamie McLennan, who went from St. Louis to Minnesota in 2000, had a hard time: “I knew I was going from a first-place team to potentially a last-place team. It was excitement but a little bit of nerves. Because you’re likely given an expanded role but certainly aren’t going to have the (same team) success.” (Toronto Sun)

–Yesterday, the Arizona Coyotes announced that they’d be walking away from captain Shane Doan, so The Score looks at three teams that would be good fits for the veteran. The two teams from Alberta might just be perfect for Doan. (The Score)

–Top draft prospect Nolan Patrick’s uncle, James Patrick, tells the story of how he watched his nephew grow up as a person and as a young hockey player. “I saw him play a bit when he was 7, 8 years old. I remember seeing him around 10, 11 years old, scoring a real big goal. By that time, you could definitely tell he was one of the best players on his team as a young kid growing up.” (CSN Philly)

–Here’s a fun read by Sean McIndoe. He made all-time protection lists for every team in the NHL. As you’d imagine, there are some great players on the list that didn’t make the cut. In Montreal for example, McIndoe kept guys like Jean Beliveau, Rocket Richard, Guy Lafleur and Ken Dryden, but that means that players like Steve Shutt, Jacques Plante and Patrick Roy were all left unprotected. (Sportsnet)