Not sure Shane Doan had this in mind when he envisioned his shootout opportunity for the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.
In fact, his shootout winner against the Anaheim Ducks, and Andrew Ladd’s overtime winner for the Winnipeg Jets over the Minnesota Wild were among some of the weirdest goals we’ll witness this season. Doan’s stick snapped as he took his shot in the shootout and yet the puck still somehow slid past goalie Frederik Andersen.
Two points for Arizona.
Here is Ladd’s overtime winner for the Jets – a wrist shot that went over top of the net, hit the glass, rebounded back and went in off the back of Minnesota’s emergency call-up goalie John Curry.
Two points for Winnipeg.
Antoine Vermette will probably be traded.
Keith Yandle could be traded, too.
And Shane Doan? Might the Arizona Coyotes trade him as well?
No, probably not.
“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,'” Doan told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun earlier this week.
Doan, now 38, has a no-movement clause as part of his contract, which runs through next season with a cap hit of $5.3 million. When he re-signed in 2012, he said, “I was drafted by this organization and it means a great deal to me to be able to play with the same franchise my entire career.”
Things could still change, of course. Doan has never won a Stanley Cup, and if he stays with the Coyotes until he retires, that’ll be the way his career ends, barring a miraculous turnaround in the desert.
The Boston Bruins could theoretically covet a big right winger like Doan to skate on a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. The B’s know their Cup window is at risk of closing; Zdeno Chara will be 38 when the playoffs start. Heck, maybe they dump some salary and try and get Yandle, too. (According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, “Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is contacting teams with space, seeing what it will cost for them to take players off his roster, so he can free up room to do what he wants.”)
That’s a long shot though. Doan has stuck with the Coyotes through thick and thin. Hard to see him leaving now, especially with reports that Andrew Barroway’s purchase could go through within the next month, despite earlier reports that the deal was dead.
Related: Could Vermette land in Washington?
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.
Jan Loos hopes to set a Guinness record on Friday by becoming the oldest man to play in a competitive hockey game. He turned 85 on Thursday. Former NHL referee Don Van Massenhoven will serve as the event’s recorder. (London Free Press)
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Bill Peters’ first season of head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes certainly has left plenty to be desired. Before Thursday’s game against Toronto, he admitted that it’s been more challenging than he anticipated. (News & Observer)
The Arizona Coyotes struggles aren’t enough to make Shane Doan consider requesting a trade. (Arizona Republic)
In praise of Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley, who recently inked a multi-year extension. (Calgary Sun)
Is it ridiculous to think that Mike Babcock might end up as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers next season? (Edmonton Sun)
John Carlson has been putting in extra work before the start of morning skates and it seems to be paying off. (Washington Post)
Dustin Brown scored twice and Martin Jones made 26 saves for his sixth career shutout as the L.A. Kings blanked the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 Thursday night.
The loss was the Coyotes sixth straight at home tying a franchise record.
The Coyotes have gone 172:23 without scoring a goal at home – a stretch of over two and a half games.
Following Thursday’s loss the team held a 20-minute team meeting.
“Everyone had an opportunity to kind of express themselves and what they think,” said captain Shane Doan. “It’s important that we understand that no one’s going to feel sorry for you. They’ll be a lot of people pointing fingers from the outside, and we gotta make sure we’re good on the inside and we just gotta be better as a group. But our belief in each other has to be better, and we gotta have a belief in the fact that we’re a good enough team to win.”
Jarret Stoll and Alec Martinez had the other Kings goals.
The Coyotes team meeting comes after news surfaced that GM Don Maloney addressed the team on Saturday following its’ 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames.
“We don’t get enough credit for how many skilled guys we have on our team,” said Mike Smith, who was pulled after allowing three goals on 20 shots. “We have good hockey players, and all you read about is how we’re not skilled enough or we don’t score enough goals. But it’s everyone giving a little more to prove people wrong in that sense.”
Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves in relief.
Arizona gets back to action on Saturday when the Boston Bruins visit.
Arizona Coyotes’ forward Tobias Rieder helped erase an early 1-0 Oilers lead scoring twice, shorthanded, in a 58-second span Monday night.
With Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan off for roughing, Rieder, originally an Edmonton Oilers draft pick (114th overall in 2011), doubled his goal totals for the season.
Rieder’s two goals were impressive, but came well shy of the NHL record for fastest consecutive shorthanded goals by one player.
He did however set a record for fastest shorthanded goals scored by a rookie.
Rieder was traded by the Oilers to the Coyotes before ever playing a game for Edmonton.
In March 2013 the Oilers sent Rieder to the Coyotes for Kale Kessy.
Kessey, the Coyotes fourth-round pick in 2011 (111th overall), has yet to appear in an NHL game.
Rieder now has four goals and seven points in 15 games this season.