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Montreal Canadiens v Arizona Coyotes

Doan: Arizona’s situation is ‘kind of embarrassing’


With just 12 games left in the season, the Arizona Coyotes find themselves sitting 28th in the NHL, tied on 50 points with Edmonton, just three up on last-place Buffalo and right in the thick of the McEichel Derby.

For the organization, there’s silver lining in the prospect of landing a generational talent like Conor McDavid or Jack Eichel at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

But for veteran captain Shane Doan, this year has been lousy.

“Obviously, it’s kind of embarrassing,” Doan said, per Mayor’s Manor. “As a player, it’s always tough. You never want to be stuck in this situation, but we are and we have to deal with it. The new guys coming in, they’ve played well. We’ve been in games; we just haven’t found ways to win, and that’s the name of it.

“It’s just disappointing. You just feel bad, we’ve been bad. There’s no way to get around it. We’ve been bad and we have to be better.”

Doan, 39, is one of a few holdovers from the team that went to the Western Conference Final just three years ago. Fellow vets Antoine Vermette, Zbynek Michalek and Keith Yandle were traded at this year’s deadline, the latest in an exodus that previously saw Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Daymond Langkow, Ray Whitney and Rostislav Klesla all leave town.

The result? Arizona’s slumped steadily and hit rock bottom this season, especially over the last 16 games — the Coyotes are 1-14-1 and Doan’s one pace for one of the least productive seasons of his career (averaging .46 points per game, his lowest since ’97-98.)

Earlier this month, Doan expressed dismay about the direction Arizona was taking, saying a rebuild “was not my idea,” and “not my ideal situation.”

That was met with a rather sharp reply from GM Don Maloney.

“I get it, I understand it, but we’re not in the Girl Scout business,” Maloney said, per Arizona Sports. “We’re in the business of winning. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’re getting paid.

“Shane’s a pro, he’ll get through it, he’ll understand it when he sees where this can take us.”

That back-and-forth reignited talks about Doan’s future in the desert. He’s in the third of a four-year, $21.2 million deal and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, leading many to speculate he could be on the move to a contender.

Doan didn’t say he wanted to be moved,  but didn’t rule it out either.

“I really haven’t thought too much about it, going forward,” he explained. “It’s one of those things – we have 14, 15 games to go. Every game you get to play in the NHL is pretty special. I don’t want to miss those games. I want to make sure I’m focused on them and enjoying the moment that we’re in; not getting caught up worrying about what’s going to happen in the future.

“When you get there, it will take care of itself.”

PHT Morning Skate: Ryan Kesler hosts ‘Betweeen Two Zambonis’

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Playing off of Zach Galifianakis’ webseries “Between Two Ferns”, Anaheim Ducks’ forward Ryan Kesler hosts his own segment called, “Betweeen Two Zambonis”. His first guest was defenseman Cam Fowler. Have a look:

George Parros and the crew at Violent Gentlemen introduced new jerseys by reenacting the “GAME ON!” scene from Wayne’s World. (Bar Down)

After his latest knee surgery, San Jose Sharks’ forward Raffi Torres is optimistic he’ll be ready for the start of next season. (San Jose Mercury News)

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With news of the Leafs scratching Nazem Kadri for disciplinary reasons, Sportsnet analyst Doug MacLean discussed hiring a private investigator to follow Nikolai Zherdev while he was the GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Sportsnet)

A Devastating hit in a Swedish Hockey League playoff game leads to ejection. (Puck Daddy)

As Doan vents, Maloney says ‘we’re not in the Girl Scout business’

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Earlier today, Brough wrote about Arizona captain Shane Doan being less than thrilled with his team’s deadline moves, saying a rebuild “was not my idea,” and “not my ideal situation.”

Today, Coyotes GM Don Maloney offered his take on things.

“I get it, I understand it, but we’re not in the Girl Scout business,” Maloney said, per Arizona Sports. “We’re in the business of winning. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’re getting paid.

“Shane’s a pro, he’ll get through it, he’ll understand it when he sees where this can take us.”

Maloney said that Doan was “shaken” by the Keith Yandle trade, adding “it hit him hard.” The two had been together in Arizona for the last nine years and while many — Doan included — figured pending UFAs Antoine Vermette and Zbynek Michalek would be out the door, moving Yandle wasn’t a given; he’s under contract for one more season and, at just 28 years old, could’ve been part of Arizona’s rebuild if he chose to re-sign.

But Yandle and Vermette and Michalek are all now gone, leaving Doan as one of the few left standing. To put it in perspective, eight of the key veterans from Arizona’s run to the 2012 Western Conference Final — Yandle, Vermette, Michalek, Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Daymond Langkow, Ray Whitney, Rostislav Klesla — are no longer with the team.

Maloney acknowledged all of this is tough on Doan, but said it shouldn’t prevent him from providing leadership during what promises to be some trying times.

“We still need leadership and how we’re going to play in this organization, but you can’t deny that he was pretty shook up the last couple days seeing very good friends and teammates that had survived the ‘war’, so to speak, over the last four or five years here,” Maloney explained. “To see them head out the door, it was tough for him.”

Torres undergoes another ACL surgery, won’t return until next season

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The San Jose Sharks officially put a wrap on Raffi Torres’ 2014-15 campaign Thursday, announcing the veteran forward underwent a second ACL surgery yesterday, one that rules him out for the remainder of this season.

More, from CSN Bay Area:

Torres, who had a problematic right ACL removed in the offseason, had the ligament replaced from a cadaver. It’s essentially the same surgery he had on Sep. 26, 2013, after which he suffered numerous infections.

The delay for Torres’ most recent surgery was to ensure that no further infections occur, according to [Sharks GM Doug] Wilson.

Torres, 33, has only appeared in five regular-season and seven playoff games since suffering the initial ACL tear during an exhibition game against Anaheim in 2013, and hasn’t appeared in any contests this year.

Per Wilson, the gritty winger should be ready to return for next season’s training camp, at which time Torres will be in the last of a three-year, $6 million with a $2M average annual cap hit.

Torres skates, but has ‘a long way to go’ before returning

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Raffi Torres hasn’t played a game this season for the San Jose Sharks. But he appears to be working towards a comeback, having skated on Wednesday, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

“We’re not counting him out,” head coach Todd McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News.

“If anybody can fight back it’d be Raffi. . . . I met with him today and he had a smile on his face, which was really good to see. He’s going to do everything in his power to come back and help the team, but he does have a long way to go.”

The 33-year-old Torres, a hard-hitting and gritty winger throughout his career, last played in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, on April 30, against the L.A. Kings.

In late November, it was reported he had hoped to soon start skating, after choosing in October to not undergo a second ACL surgery.