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