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Video: Pinizzotto knocks Stone out of the game with heavy hit


The Arizona Coyotes have lost defenseman Michael Stone for the remainder of Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Stone was on the receiving end of a hard Steven Pinizzotto hit in the first period. He played only four shifts in the game, before leaving for the dressing room after the hit. Stone suffered an upper-body injury and will not return, according to Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports.

There was no call on the play.

With Arizona in shakeup mode, more trade calls could be coming

Don Maloney

A sixth straight home loss was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Following Thursday’s listless 4-0 defeat to L.A. at Gila River Arena, the Arizona Coyotes shook things up in a major way (by Coyotes standards, anyway) on Friday: Kyle Chipchura was waived, Rob Klinkhammer was traded and David Schlemko was sent to the minors.

On their way up? Andrew Campbell, a 26-year-old defenseman that’s appeared in just three NHL games and 22-year-old Jordan Martinook, the club’s second-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft who’s yet to make his big-league debut.

Those two will join the likes of Connor Murphy (21 years old) Tobias Rieder (21), Brandon McMillan (24), Michael Stone (24) and Brandon Gormley (22, on injured reserve) as some of the young faces on the active roster.

The shakeup shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The Coyotes held a team meeting following last night’s embarrassing loss and, on Saturday, GM Don Maloney reportedly threatened to ship out some of the team’s players.

It’s the most definitive move Maloney’s made in recent months.

The organization has repeatedly flip-flopped on philosophy this season; in September, Maloney said Arizona would make a “concerted effort” to give young prospects a shot at making the NHL, and gave a sobering preview of what he expected for the year.

“We can’t sit here and say we match up, No. 1 line to No. 1 line, with many teams in the West,” he said, per Fox Sports Arizona. “But maybe we can control the top lines and outperform the lower lines.”

That approach didn’t last long.

In early October, the club scrapped the proposed youth movement — sending first-rounders Max Domi to junior and Henrik Samuelsson back to the AHL — because, according to Maloney, the Coyotes “need to be a playoff team.”

“We just think for our franchise right now, we have to be competitive,” he explained, per the Arizona Republic. “We need to be a playoff team. That’s what’s going to get people excited and in the building.

“Nobody has an appetite to just throw in the towel.”

In late October, Maloney flip-flopped again. He said the team was “not anywhere good enough,” adding “we need to get better or things are going to change around here.”

Last week, the GM seemed to be at his breaking point with his struggling team, one that currently sits second from bottom in the Pacific Division and 13th in the Western Conference.

“When you take a hard look at where you’re at relative to the competition and when you take a look at what’s happening around the league, I think that’s where we need to take this team,” Maloney said, per FOX Sports Arizona. “The team speed and tempo and pace that we play at it is not as high as it needs to be. The way you get more quickness is generally with younger players and you see that all around the league.

He added, “The last three to four years, we’ve been reaching down to older, veteran players and that’s how we started the season, but we haven’t gotten the results we had hoped to get.”

Given today’s moves, all eyes will probably turn to two of Arizona’s key assets: Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle. Vermette’s a UFA at season’s end and already at the center of trade talks; Yandle’s rumored to have been on the block for what feels like three years, and is only under contract for one more season.

All of this, of course, comes with the franchise purchase by Andrew Barroway still looming. The transaction will reportedly be approved soon, at which time Arizona could make even more moves in an effort to further embrace the youth movement — or, make a potential foray into the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel sweepstakes.

Coyotes waive Chipchura


One year after posting the best season of his career, Kyle Chipchura is on waivers.

The Coyotes made the move on Friday, waiving the 28-year-old center that’d been with the club since 2011. The move comes after Chipchura played 9:39 in Thursday’s ugly 4-0 loss at home to the Kings; previously, he’d sat as a healthy scratch on a few occasions.

A decent two-way checking forward, Chipchura posted a career-high 20 points in 80 games for the Coyotes last year, despite the fact he averaged less than 10 minutes per night.

The decision to place him on waivers is perhaps another nod to GM Don Maloney’s proposed youth movement; last month, the club waived another veteran (defenseman David Schlemko) and has been slowly integrating younger players into the lineup, like Tobias Rieder, Brandon McMillan and Michael Stone.

Chipchura is in the second of a three-year deal that carries an $875,000 cap hit. It stands to reason he could be picked up off waivers from another club, especially given the need for center depth across the NHL.

Avs erase 3-0 deficit to edge Coyotes 4-3

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Antoine Vermette, Michael Stone and Tobias Rieder scored first period goals for the Arizona Coyotes chasing Colorado Avalanche starter Reto Berra after three goals on eight shots.

However, it was all Colorado after that.

Captain Gabriel Landeskog got the visitors on the board in the second period. Landeskog added his second of the night, and sixth of the season, in the third to pull the Avs to within one. Matt Duchene tied the game 3-3 at 4:05 of the third.

After hitting Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson with an elbow to the head early in overtime, Martin Hanzal put the puck into his own net for the overtime-winner, which was credited to Daniel Briere.

“We were resilient tonight. I think that is the story of the night,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said post-game. “Down 0- 3 and coming back. Like I said to the guys, ‘lets go and win the second period’ and see where we are after.

“I mean all last year I was reading a lot of comments on how resilient we were and we were playing with no fear. We were always going at the other team and that’s what we did.”

Roy did not have an update on Johnson, who may have suffered a concussion on the play.

Pickard was perfect in relief making 25 saves for his second win of the season and second win in as many games. The 22-year-old rookie stopped all 17 shots he faced in relief on Saturday in the Avs 4-3 win over Carolina.

Asked post-game if he had to tell Semyon Varlamov he had a new No. 1 goaltender, Roy had a good laugh.

“I guess so. We’re going to go with Pickard tomorrow,” he said. “It’s a tough stretch right now for Reto and unfortunately for him… but good for us Calvin’s playing well.”

Trotz: ‘Some of the behavior has to change’


The Washington Capitals have just one win in six games following a 6-5 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night.

Washington had a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes, but slowly saw the visiting Coyotes chip away at it scoring five unanswered goals to take a 6-3 lead late in the third period.

Coach Barry Trotz has seen enough.

“The behavior has to change,” said Trotz. “We’ve done this multiple times. We took a lot of penalties, we turned a lot of pucks over. It’s the same old story and it’s too old for me.”

The Coyotes converted on 2 of 6 power play opportunities and out-shot the Capitals 24-21 through 40 minutes.

Following the game, the Capitals held a 20-minute, players’ only meeting at the Verizon Center before the doors were opened to the media.

“That behavior has to change or we have to change people. Plain and simple,” continued Trotz. “To me it’s absolutely unacceptable. They have to fix it. It’s my job to fix the behavior. If they’re not going to fix it internally, then I’ll make sure I fix it.”

Alex Ovechkin led the way offensively for the Capitals with a goal and three assists. He is now tied with Peter Bondra for first place on the Capitals’ franchise points list (825).

“I think we had a great [first] period,” Ovechkin said. “After that we just stopped playing like we’re supposed to play. It’s all our fault. It’s not about the system. We made bad decisions with the puck, we made bad penalties and it cost us.”

Ovechkin also picked up two minor penalties in the loss.

“We have to work harder,” said Troy Brouwer, who had a goal in the loss. “We’ve got to work smarter. It’s not one or two guys; it’s collectively every guy in here that needs to be better. It’s not something that is going to change tonight or change tomorrow. We’ve got to work at it and be on guys to make sure they are giving their best every night and that’s the only way we’ll get better.”

Arizona entered Sunday’s game with just one win their previous six games, an overtime win over Florida.

Antoine Vermette opened the scoring with his second of the season in the first period. After Tom Wilson, John Carlson and Ovechkin had given Washington a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes, the Capitals proceeded to take five second period penalties.

Michael Stone and Shane Doan had second period goals to tie the game 3-3 after two periods.

Sam Gagner picked up his first as a member of the Coyotes, Doan scored his second of the night and rookie Tobias Rieder scored third period goals to give Arizona a commanding 6-3 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the third.

Joel Ward and Brouwer scored in the final two minutes, but the Caps could not get the equalizer.

“The commitment level has to be a little better than it is now in a lot of different areas,” said defenseman Brooks Orpik. “We have guys making mistakes that experienced guys shouldn’t make.

“Right now one guy makes a mistake and everybody else kind of watches it happen.”

Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves to improve to 2-0-1 on the season while Justin Peters made 24 saves in the loss.