In order to pass the summer time and keep hockey in the forefront, I asked some fellow Coyotes bloggers and friends to do a roundtable discusssion about the past season. It should be interesting because it is a very diverse group!
AJ: ME! :D Twitter: @Yotesgurl
Michael is a Coyotes fan who also plays hockey………. in Perth, Australia. He may be the Coyotes most long-distance fan, but he is very knowledgeable, especially about the prospects we have coming up the pipe!
Ashley is a season ticket holder who is originally from the Toronto area and her other team is the Leafs. She is apparently ok with losing teams :D Twitter: @canadayotesfans
CK is a Coyotes fan that likes to play goalie in his spare time. We are working on getting him a fake Finnish birth certificate so he gets drafted. He also runs Free Tacos For All. Check it out for all your AZ sports needs. Twitter: @ckinaz
Jordan is a hockey fanatic who also loves the Flyers (I look the other way). He is a main contributer over at Five For Howling. They have a great daily Coyote links post that he does. Twitter @jordanellel
Mo runs THE blog you go to when you want serious Coyotes information. She has been super busy this year fighting for the team to stay and has become a fixture at the Glendale City Council meetings. Check out her blog! Coyotes Hip Shot Blog. Twitter: @coyoteshipcheck
They were kind enough to answer my questions and they will be broken up 5 posts. I hope you enjoy!
Michael: probably the hard working spirit of Fiddler + the crazy desert ninja scoring skills of Stempniak.
CK: If I’m building a team it’s going to be around two things: defense and leadership. Since I promised I wouldn’t answer Doaner for every question, I’ll pick Jarome Iginla for the leader and captain of my team. He hustles, fights, scores, sets a great example, and looks to always have fun doing it. You can tell he’s hung out with Shane Doan before! On defense: Zdeno Chara. He’s a force, well rounded, contributes on the power play, has a history of ending the season with a good +/-, can goon it up if needed, and he’s tall. Yea yea yea, I know I didn’t pick Ovi/Crosby, any younger stars, or a superstar goalie, but this is my team, and I want Chara and Iginla. They both don’t get hurt either… I think they could both play for another 10 years.
Jordan: My first guy is probably my favorite player in all of hockey, Mike Richards of the Flyers. He does everything…plays center, kills penalties, controls a powerplay, hits guys, fights when necessary, has matured into a bona fide leader. Plus, he’s 25 and signed through 2019/20 for just $5.75M/season. To me, he is one of those complete players like Iginla and Lecavalier, but a bit younger and cheaper. Then I’d want to grab a d-man, and I’d take Drew Doughty from the Kings. He’s got tremendous skills on both sides of the puck as he has shown not only with the Kings, but in Vancouver as well playing for Team Canada. He’s 19 and only signed for another year on his entry-level deal, but he’ll be well worth whatever money LA throws at him.
2. What on-ice moment/play/shift stands out in your mind from the last season that represented the season as a whole?
AJ: When James Neal sealed his fate as my mortal enemy by hurting Prucha in the last game before the Olympic break, it was bad. Very bad. But Hanzal, who is NOT a good fighter, was simmering. He was pissed. And after Prucha was stretchered off and play resumed, Hanzal stood up for his linemate against a more experienced fighter. It was representative of how bonded our whole team was. When someone was in trouble, we had their back.
Michael: Probably our comeback win in Detroit when Jovo scored in the few seconds to tie the game and then Doan scored in OT to win it. In the 2008-09 season the Yotes would have just faded off, so this shows how far we’ve come under Tippet.
Michael: Yandle, who lead our defensemen in points. Great season for him that I probably didn’t expect. Also Aucoin, when we signed him I bet everyone thought we were crazy, Aucoin and the Yotes showed them wrong.