O Fairest October, Where For Art Thou?

So the Coyotes, in the midst of epic drama (what else is new), have managed to claw our way into the top five in new season ticket sales in the NHL.  While this is good news, you have to keep it in perspective.  We have way more season tickets to actually sell than probably almost all other teams and our prices are extremely reasonable.  On the other hand, it’s encouraging considering that the loss of Bryzgalov, Fiddler, and Jovo definitely throw our quality of on-ice product into question, but people are still buying.  Who knew Bryzgalov had driven away all those possible fans ? ;)

These new fans could, of course, be in response to the signing of Boyd Gordon.  That man can pack an arena.

Haiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Boyd.

This picture makes me firmly believe that Boyd will become the preppy shopping partner of the Duke of Khaki, Lee Stempniak.  Yaaaaaaaaay!

In non-Boyd Gordon related news, we signed a bunch of two-way contracts and some kid with a foreign-looking last name.

Korpacosti?  Corpicoski?  Lauri?  Ummmm……  hold on, I have to find my favorite picture of him ever that I will find ANY excuse AT ALL to use on this blog………

*looks for literally seven minutes*

He's so haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaappy <3 <3

I love that picture.  Anyways, with THREE minutes to spare before the start of his arbitration hearing, GMDM pulled Lauri aside and said, I don’t want to hurt you.  Lauri said, I don’t want you to hurt me.  And then they hugged that shit out and signed a contract that is 1.8 mil per year for two years.

And everyone still loved everyone.  Wooooooooooooooo!  Welcome back Korps.  Last year, since you actually got to play decent minutes, you kicked ass and I can’t wait to see what you do this year.  Anyone that has poor things to say about Lauri, you’re an idiot and can kiss my ass.

The rest of the signings were two-way contracts.  I don’t really expect to see them with the Yotes, except Brett MacLean.  Brett may see some ice time with the big team, but you know he’s under Tippett’s acceptable age limit of 24, so only time will tell how much.

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaac. You can be happy, you haz job!

The other signings are Marc-Antoine Pouliot (the AHL player we traded a 7th rd pick for at the draft) who played in Norfolk last seasons, Mat Beaudoin who was the main offensive power on the Rampage last year, and Kyle Chipchura.  So basically……..

Wait.

Back up.  Kyle Chipchura?  The Duck?  The Duck who is a scrappy little bitch and I hate?

He gets in Oakie's face? Ashley's gonna keel you fool.

First Torres and now Chipchura.  Goddamnit, GMDM, any other player I significantly dislike that you wanna sign?  There have to be some former Red Wings floating out there….. or Getzlaf.  UGH! UGH! UGH!

Thankfully, it’s EXTREMELY likely that Mr Chocolate Chipchurro is going to be playing in Portland.  Or he’s slow enough that I can run down with my car.  Whatevs, we’re good.

So our last babies that are floating out in RFA Land are Boedker, Turris, and Tikhonov.  AKA, (other than Korps) the ones I actually care about.  Brad said that they hadn’t really started on Baby Dane and Kyle’s contracts and that makes sense because they’d need to see what Lauri was awarded before getting hard numbers of what’s left over for the babes.  Since none of them filed for salary arbitration, it’s just a matter of when they’ll sign and how many years they’ll sign for.  Some RFAs like to wait until two weeks before camp starts to freak the living shit out of their fans just for the fun of it (ahem, Martin Matthew Gregory Evan Hanzal).

GMDM also said that the search for a center continues, even though almost everyone we’ve signed lately IS a center.  His term was “It’s kind of like the search for Bin Laden, it may take longer than we’d like, but in the end, we’ll get him”.  Ummm LOL.

Crap....... ok, well not dead. Just alive. Hey look it's Turris, ahahahaha. I kid because I love.

Finally, let’s talk about the glut of job openings listed for the Coyotes.  Sales (duh), customer development director, marketing manager, emcee, and play by play.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, don’t go Strader!!!!!!!  You can’t really blame him, he’s been a huge fish in a kiddie pool for quite a while.  Maybe the TV guy will be terrible and it will force more people to come to the games rather than having a quality TV experience.  Strader was the reason for the poor attendance!

Marketing.  Big deal there, for real.  I wish so much that the Coyotes took more advantage of having the public engaged with the players.  Last year, we didn’t even have a charity event and only one “meet the team” event for season ticket holders.  Even little things like having a “select-a-seat” night during development camp so people can meet the new prospects would have been a great thing.  If we keep missing the boat like this, the ship isn’t even going to dock here anymore :(

Hockey all year? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3 Responses to O Fairest October, Where For Art Thou?

  1. Allison says:

    I agree with ya about the Marketing. I was more than a tad upset that we only got one meet the team event last season, when we were promised a second one for renewing our tickets early last summer. As close as i was to a lot of the staff, i made sure they knew i was not happy. Tomorrow is my select a seat event in Columbus, along with an autograph session with Umburger, Dorsett and (hold your breath) Boll. This is the first of a few upcoming events.

    In other news, you can have my seat down in 104 if you want it :)

  2. Carol says:

    And I thought all the NHL clubs aim to please the fans with meeting and such! These kind of events are SO important for marketing, as you said. That’s why I’m facepalming over my hometeam, they also have only one meeting with fans, if you don’t count some special competitions made by sponsors where you can win for example two-games ticket right on the bench.
    Oh, have I told you recently I really love your blog? No? I love your blog!

  3. dan punturi says:

    Put this team on the stock market, I would like a share or two. This would change the sports structure as we know it.Fans could own a piece of their home town team ,.and make money on the market at the same time. (JUST THINK ABOUT IT) Be a owner of the Arizona Coyotes. WOW Trading at $20. a share give me a hundred.

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