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Midway through a frustrating 2020-21 season, Tucson Roadrunners coach Steve Potvin sat down with Barrett Hayton to show him what success looks like at the NHL center position. It wasn’t what Hayton was expecting. There were no highlight-reel sauce passes or breakaway goals followed by exuberant cellys. Much of the content featured deep-dive details and thankless drudgery. It was a…...

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It may seem too soon to throw NHL players into preseason games. The Coyotes have only had four days on the ice at training camp, plus today’s morning skate, but historically, that has been the approach that the league has taken. The Coyotes will open a slate of six preseason games against the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena...

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Jeremy Roenick will never forget his reaction when he saw the Coyotes’ Kachina logo for the first time after the team acquired him in a trade with Chicago in August 1996. “They were so ugly they were pretty,” Roenick said. “You know me. I don’t mind a little extra crazy every once in a while. They definitely grew on you.”...

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Johnny Walker announced a career shift in an exclusive interview with PHNX Sports at Oceanside Ice Arena on Tuesday. “I’m going back to being a stick boy,” Walker quipped as he climbed the stands with a stick in hand to chat with a reporter while the Sun Devils practiced. “That’s where it all started for me so I’ll just find...

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When the Coyotes traded Alex Galchenyuk and P.O. Joseph to the Pittsburgh Penguins in June 2019 for Phil Kessel, defenseman Dane Birks, and a fourth-round pick, Galchenyuk opted to keep his Arizona house. The decision wasn’t really investment driven, although Galchenyuk said the house has doubled in value over the past three years. The decision was made because Galchenyuk felt...

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If you want a perfect tagline for this Coyotes season, Bill Armstrong delivered it when he took the podium at media day at The Renaissance hotel in Glendale on Wednesday. “We built a hungry hockey team,” the Coyotes GM said. “Everybody coming through the door this morning, everybody has an opportunity to make the club and make an impact. “There’s veterans that need contracts, there’s American league players that want to make the jump. Everybody has something that they are looking to get out of this season. They’re extremely hungry along with a hungry coaching staff. That’s probably the message to the team is that you’ve got a mix of different players, but they’re all hungry.” Despite the players’ and…

The Coyotes are not hiding their plans. They are visible to all; laid bare by the dizzying array of transactions that GM Bill Armstrong made this offseason, and the dizzying array of departures he allowed from last season’s roster. Gone are captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson, starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper, backup goalie Antti Raanta, leading assist man Conor Garland, two-way center Christian...

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If you’ve come to this space hoping to hear which Coyotes made a clear case at the Rookie Faceoff for future NHL roster spots, you’ve come to the wrong place. As hard as it is for fans to hear, the Rookie Faceoff is not an event from which much can be gleaned. Most of the players have only just been...

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Also inside: Tourigny reveals roles for assistant coaches, John Ferguson discusses leaving Bruins Rouyn-Noranda coach André Tourigny was looking for a new assistant coach after Danny Dupont left to become the head coach of the Lac St-Louis Lions AAA Midget (QMAAA) team in 2005. “I was going to meet someone else who I was supposed to hire, but someone who...

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Ty Murchison’s ice hockey origin story is marketing gold. The Sun Devils defenseman is like a walking advertisement for non-traditional markets. For starters, Murchison didn’t play ice hockey until he was 11. He played roller hockey. He grew up in Corona, California, southeast of L.A.. His dad, Ken, who did play pro ice hockey (including a stint for Liam Kirk’s...

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