Tag: Shane Doan

Mikkel Boedker

Boedker’s three point night leads the Coyotes past the Jets

Mikkel Boedker had two goals and an assist and captain Shane Doan added a goal and two helpers as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 Thursday night.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had Arizona’s other goal as the Coytoes rebounded from an ugly 6-0 loss to the Blues Tuesday night.

Mathieu Perreault had the lone Jets’ goal while Ondrej Pavelec made 26 saves in the loss.

Mike Smith saw his record improve to 7-16-2 with a 34 save performance.

Coyotes use Easter Bunny to shoot down Shane Doan trade rumors

Shane Doan

From the Arizona Coyotes:

The @SportsHubAZ Twitter account maintains that it is run by one Casey Gagnon, an “Arizona native, ASU grad, professional sports writer and history buff.”

Full disclosure: on Dec. 30, we cited Gagnon’s report that the Coyotes’ sale to Andrew Barroway was on the verge of closing. Which it did, on Dec. 31.

And so, given he was right about that, we admit to have been following Gagnon’s tweets about Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

A sampling:

Granted, those tweets don’t mesh with Doan told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun in mid-December: “When I made the decision a few years ago to stay with the team at 36 (years old), I said: ‘You know what? This is the bed I’m sleeping in. This is what I want.”

But considering the current state of the Coyotes, we’ll go ahead and keep monitoring the situation anyway.

Just to be safe.

Barroway calls rumors of flipping Coyotes ‘completely untrue’

Andrew Barroway

The Coyotes have gone from the team that no one seemed to want to a franchise that’s adding on a new majority owner roughly 18 months after IceArizona bought them from the NHL. Andrew Barroway sat down with the Coyotes’ leadership this afternoon to introduce himself to the public after the NHL’s board of governors approved his purchase of the Coyotes.

If the theme of the press conference could be summed up in a single word, it would be stability. It’s what the Coyotes desperately wanted after years of being ownerless and waiting to see if the franchise would be moved. At one point the uncertainty surrounding this franchise was so great that even re-signing captain Shane Doan was complicated. But now?

“We have the stability we need to have long-term success,” Don Maloney said, per the Coyotes’ Twitter feed.

Of course, there was speculation that Barroway was interested in flipping the team to someone who would want to put a franchise in Las Vegas, but Barroway, who described being an NHL owner as a childhood dream, shot down those rumors.

“I did not buy this team for a quick flip,” Barroway said. “I want to bring a winner to the Valley.”

The sale of the Coyotes comes at a key time for the Coyotes as the trade deadline is approaching and Maloney needs to decide what to do with Antoine Vermette. His five-year, $18.75 million contract is set to expire this summer and he’s earned a substantial raise thanks to his versatility. He’s generating a lot of interest on the trade market, but the ideal for the Coyotes would likely still be to re-sign him.

“Since day one we’ve been waiting on our ownership to be restructured,” Maloney told PHT on Dec. 22, “and we’ll continue to wait on that, and once it gets restructured we’ll see whether there’s an opportunity to re-sign him or not.”

From a cap perspective, there’s no question that the Coyotes can fit him in even if Vermette expects a big contract, but Arizona has its own internal budget to consider. With Barroway on board, perhaps that’s less of a constraint.

At the same time, Maloney is looking to build the team from the ground up, so even if he has more flexibility, the Coyotes aren’t likely to dramatic increase their payroll in the near term.