Just as the Coyotes seemed to be turning a corner off the ice, they fell off a cliff on it.
Ranked 29th overall; only Buffalo sit below Arizona in the standings, after a terrible campaign has seen them slide from 89 points last season to 54 this term.
The silver lining to this tale of misery is a legitimate shot at drafting one of the two best prospects to come along in years, giving a young Yotes team hope for the future.
Does your team need a shake-up between the pipes this summer?
While there may not be many (any?) star names hitting free agency this summer, there’s plenty of competent puck stoppers available to bolster a teams fortunes this off season.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has cleared the way for veteran blue liner Chris Pronger to enter the sports greatest pantheon.
While the politics of whether Pronger’s eligibility is right or just – as he remains on the LTIR and perhaps more significantly on the Flyers pay roll – it does appear to have made the selection committee’s job a little easier when they meet at the end of June.
Gaining a cult following during the mid-00s, Eastside Hockey Manager was a victim of its time – as cracking the mass market proved increasingly difficult.
It is, put simply, Football Manager for ice hockey and now, 8 years on, we have Steam established as the place to get games for Windows, Mac and Linux users – giving Sports Interactive and Sega a fresh chance at bringing ice hockey’s favourite management simulator to the masses.
Even the best let in the occasional howler, with this frankly bizarre effort from Mike Smith still leaving me scratching my head.
But where does this clanger from the Arizona #1 rank among the ten worst goals of the season (so far)?
New Great Britain Coach Pete Russell has named his final 23-man roster for the Division 1 Group B World Championship tournament in Eindhoven, Netherlands between April 13th and 19th.
Since breaking in to the NHL in 2008, Pekka Rinne was one major honour to his name – a World Championships silver medal. This fact is somehow mind boggling.
This is not to decry his efforts, or that of his teams mates, during last years tournament – but a World Championship silver isn’t a Cup ring, an Olympic gold or a Vezina Trophy. And for a netminder of Rinne’s talent, that’s a crying shame.
At 32, the Finnish stopper might wonder if he is ever destined to reach the very top of the game. And as time ticks by, do we now start to ponder whether Rinne will become the best netminder to never win a major honour?