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Darcey Kuemper Not Ready to Go

February 1, 2020 - 2:55 AM ET

Unlike like that song about the rooftop, Darcey Kuemper is not ready to go. The Coyotes star goalie, most important player and honorary ambassador to space, is still too injured to suit up. It is unfortunate that as soon as the Old Yotes got Taylor Hall,aka Big T, their other best player wen...

Handicapping the Pacific Division Playoff Race

February 3, 2020 - 1:12 PM ET

The Coyotes currently sit fifth in the Pacific, six points out of first. They are holding down the last Wild Card spot at the moment, but the Blackhawks have two games in hand and are only three points back. Still, the situation isn't as gloomy as it might appear. While anything can ha...

Coyotes Best Player, Best Goalie Not Going to Play vs Oilers

February 4, 2020 - 4:33 PM ET

The Coyotes will play the Oilers tonight and you can bet we are in for a scrumptious affair. The Coyotes will be without their best defenseman and their best goalie (who also doubles as the best goalie in the world) but I am so confident in their victory that I have made a bet with Oilers blogge...

Oilers Lose to Greatest Team on Earth

February 5, 2020 - 4:17 PM ET

You don't mess with Big T (AKA Taylor Hall). The Oilers learned that the hard way last night when they took their good roster with the shoddy goaltending into a match against the NHL's bad boys, the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes - who rely on goaltending to win as much as even the Islander...

The Coyotes Are Blowing It

February 7, 2020 - 11:27 AM ET

The Coyotes are blowing it. Last night, after a strong start the Coyotes played one of the worst second periods it's possible to play, and that was all she wrote. The Hurricanes are, I think, one of the NHL's best teams and the exact opposite of the Coyotes. The Canes are one of the...

The Generals Are Due (Coyotes vs Boston)

February 8, 2020 - 2:49 PM ET

"So let me get this straight, You took all the money you made franchising your name and bet it against the Harlem Globetrotters?" That is the situation we find ourselves in today. The Coyotes are going up against their own version of the Globetrotters today: The Boston Bruins. The sam...

PLUS/ MINUS: Sports! Chicken Wings! Tank Tops! Goatees! Pick-Up Trucks!

February 9, 2020 - 12:59 PM ET

MINUS: The Coyotes are playing poorly and have lost six of seven, but it's honestly just a bummer that after years of being a bad team with financial troubles who couldn't compete, their goalie (who was having a Vezina worthy season) gets injured immediately after they acquired Taylor Hall. MINU...

Hockey's Most Frustrating Team Gets a Win Despite Bad News

February 11, 2020 - 11:29 AM ET

It turns out Martin Hanzal freaky-friday-ed with Annti Raanta and that is why he gets injured so much.

Coyotes Can't Get It Done

February 12, 2020 - 12:41 PM ET

Down to their third string goalie, the Coyotes went to Toronto to play the Maple Leafs and came close to winning. On the positive side of things, the Coyotes were on the road, having played the night before, and they picked up a point. Can't be too upset about that. The Leafs - if hea...

Coyotes Have the Team Stats of a Basement Team

February 15, 2020 - 1:15 PM ET

The Coyotes are blowing it. Down from first in the division just a week or two ago, the Coyotes now sit in fifth with 64 points, and it's a damn good thing this division sucks or they'd be done. The Coyotes somehow still hold a Wild Card spot even though they have picked up just three points...

PLUS MINUS Salutes NHL Hero Evander Kane

February 16, 2020 - 2:05 PM ET

MINUS: Just hearing that Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez has died. Tony Fernandez is a legend in Toronto and one of my favorite baseball players of all time. He's also an excellent allround person and a perfect rolemodel for kids growing up loving sports. In an era of Jose Cansecos and other...

Two In a Row? Those Coyotes are Going to Town!

February 19, 2020 - 5:09 PM ET

The last time we checked in, our heroes were in peril. They had dropped four of five, and had recently lost to the Senators of Ottawa (a team that is ironically not located in Ottawa, nor is it made up of any senators). Losing to the Ottawa Senators is the NHL equivalent of losing to your s...

Coyotes Need to Go Big at the Trade Deadline

February 22, 2020 - 1:58 PM ET

The Arizona Coyotes have been strangely absent from NHL trade deadline rumours. Other than the rumour that they'd flip Taylor Hall (and I'm nearly certain they won't) I haven't seen a single thing about what they might want to do. And that makes sense, since they already made the biggest mov...

Kuemper Back as Raanta Heats Up and Coyotes Smash Lighting

February 23, 2020 - 1:56 PM ET

Note to Jim from Future Jim: When you're right, try to be less obnoxious. Just kidding, you rock and you're pretty good looking too!

Tallon vs Lou in a Battle of Who Is the Worst GM: UPDATE - Lou For the Win

February 24, 2020 - 10:40 AM ET

Trade deadline is off to a raucous start. Usually we sit around finding the minutia inside of minutia, and as the clock ticks towards 3 PM, we discuss things like which fourth liners will have the most trouble moving their exotic pets to a new climate in case of trade, but this year, there's alr...

The Coyotes Tried for Trochek + Do Nothing + Kuemper Back

February 25, 2020 - 5:56 PM ET

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