This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16
Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16
Arizona Republic "While Coyotes players were packing up their equipment Monday inside Jobing.com Arena before scattering to their off-season destinations, goalie Mike Smith was finally ready to unload his. Smith said "about now" was the time he would have been ready to return from what General Manager Don..." April 15
Pro Hockey Talk "With their seasons now complete, non-playoff teams can start looking forward to one of the biggest dates on their offseason calendars — the annual draft lottery. This year’s lottery will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Apr. 15), determining the order of the first 13 picks of the ’14 Draft, which..." April 15
Arizona Republic "They gathered for one last showing Sunday before convening one more time today when they empty out their locker stalls, and it wouldn't be unrealistic to expect the Coyotes to look different when they reassemble in the fall. Change, it seems, is the current preferred flavor. Sunday's season..." April 14
San Jose Mercury News "Joe Pavelski reached the 40-goal milestone, then added one for good measure. Antti Niemi made 30 saves and gave up fewer goals than he had in four of his past five starts. Oh, and the Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night to head into the playoffs on a two-game winning..." April 13
Visentin is indeed starting tonight. Doesn't look like Smith will play either game. Hanzal won't go tonight. Maybe tomorrow.
Tennessean "A team that had nothing to play for played surprisingly inspired hockey on Thursday night. Two days after being eliminated from the playoffs, the Predators earned a 2-0 win over Phoenix — a team that had everything to play for — in front of 17,174 fans at Bridgestone Arena. Phoenix..." April 11
Columbus Dispatch "When Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski gathered the puck and looked up the ice, he saw rookie Boone Jenner ahead to his right and, in the corner of his left eye, a blue blur going through the neutral zone. “I let the pass go first, and then I realized it was Joey,” Wisniewski said. “And..." April 09
Arizona Republic "His profession requires him to wear a mask, one he chose to decorate with blood-stained teeth and the bulging eyeballs of a yeti, but even without it on, Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss still seems to be hidden. The mellow, easy-going facade is genuine but plenty more lurks behind it — like a..." April 06
Pro Hockey Talk "The Phoenix Coyotes lost hulking center Martin Hanzal for the night on Friday, as he suffered a lower-body injury against the Edmonton Oilers. There is no further information regarding how serious that issue might be. The big 27-year-old has dealt with issues on-and-off this season, missing..." April 05
Edmonton Sun "If the Edmonton Oilers were loving the spoiler role before, when they hadn’t even spoiled anything yet, imagine how good it felt to stick some cold steel in the side of the Phoenix Coyotes playoff hopes. After losing a pair of hard-fought one-goal games in San Jose and Anaheim, but loving..." April 05
NHL.com "There was no third-period letdown for the Los Angeles Kings. Instead, they locked down their place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a tremendous finish. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar scored 40 seconds apart in the third period and the Kings clinched a playoff berth with a 4-0 win against the..." April 03
Winnipeg Free Press "The building was slow to empty and the lower bowl was scattered with folks in Winnipeg Jets jerseys celebrating the most hollow of victories Tuesday night. The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in a shootout to give the legions of their fans that made the trip something to smile..." April 02
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Well, that was stressful. With the season looking dangerously close to being on the precipice of disaster, the Wild, with pressure building, stormed back in the third period on Saturday night to stun the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1. Zach Parise scored twice, including the tying goal, and Jared..." March 30
Head Coach Dave Tippett says Mike Smith will be reevaluated in one week and that his lower-body injury is not as serious as first feared.
Edmonton Journal "Matt Hendricks pointed to the interior of his right foot, where he had once been struck by a puck that left him with a broken bone, and declared: “two screws.” There have been other cracks caused by unyielding pucks, continued the Edmonton Oilers gritty winger during a discussion about exterior..." March 28
Five For Howling "When three defensemen, two forwards and a goalie are on the list of scratches things may not be well. With Paul Bissonnette, Brandon Gormley, Derek Morris, Mike Ribeiro, David Schlemko and Mike Smith not even dressed, things may have looked a little grim; that didn't improve much when David Moss..." March 28
Arizona Republic "Even with a limited body of work for goalie Thomas Greiss this season, the Coyotes had enough confidence in him as a backup by the Olympic break that General Manager Don Maloney approached Greiss' agent during the league hiatus to discuss a contract extension. Obviously, a deal wasn't..." March 27
#Coyotes announce Moss has suffered a lower-body injury and will not return.
Five For Howling "The Phoenix Coyotes needed this game. One night after blowing two leads and falling in overtime to the New York Rangers, the Coyotes held on to their late lead and defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. Not only did the Coyotes need this game, they needed to win it the way..." March 26
NHL.com "Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith was forced to leave the game against the New York Rangers on Monday night with a lower-body injury. With 7:34 remaining in regulation and the Coyotes leading 3-2, Smith favored his right leg and was in obvious discomfort after forward Derick Brassard fell..." March 25
Hearing Coyotes Goalie Mike Smith has a leg strain and will be out at least two weeks.
I'm told that Mike Smith's injury is not as bad as was originally appeared. The team is thinking now that it just may be a mild sprain.
New York Post "On night when the Rangers were sick, when they were distracted, when it looked as if they were stepping right into an easy trap — they somehow reversed the tide and found a way. After going down 2-0 and 3-2 to the Coyotes at the Garden on Monday night, the Rangers clawed their way to a 4-3..." March 25
NHL.com "Phoenix Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will not play Monday night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Korpikoski sustained the injury during the morning skate. While practicing odd-man rushes, the 27-year-old was hit in the head..." March 24
CSN New England "Things looked dicey there for a while, but the Bruins pull out a 4-2 win over the Coyotes. The Bruins were slow out of the gates for the second straight game while getting outshot by a 15-7 margin in the first period. Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring on a play gift-wrapped by Phoenix..." March 23
Arizona Republic "There was no mistaking what the Coyotes needed to do Thursday night at Jobing.com Arena. With struggling Florida in for a visit and precious points at stake to keep a run to the playoffs alive, it was time to kick sand in the face of the Panthers, drop them like a bad habit and sink them like a..." March 21
#Coyotes have signed 23-year-old college free-agent forward Greg Carey from St. Lawrence University to 1-year entry-level contract.
Arizona Republic "It's a dangerous way to play, racking up a two-goal lead, watching it disappear and then assembling a frenzied comeback that is useful in the standings but obviously masking worrisome issues. But with 13 games to go, the Coyotes will pocket points any way they can. So they won't complain..." March 18
Fox Sports "Pack your Pepto and practice deep breathing. This is how the final 14 games of the Phoenix Coyotes season look: an imperfect team struggling to overcome its demons and deficiencies to squeeze into the playoffs. Calgary had played the night before and when the soon-to-be-vacationing Flames fell..." March 16
Michalek is questionable for tonight. Stung from blocked shot in Boston. "If he can find a way to play, he'll play," Tippett said.
CSN New England "The Bruins knew they’d be pushed in the second half of a back-to-back situation Thursday night after an emotional game in Montreal. They were 100 percent correct. It wasn’t easy and featured one of the ugliest second periods of the season from both teams, but the B’s took home a 2-1 victory..." March 14
Arizona Republic "The arrival of minor-leaguers late in the season usually is a sign of a team primping prospects for the future amid a non-playoff fate — except, apparently, in the Coyotes’ case, because they’ve welcomed in a contingent from the American Hockey League while still very much in postseason..." March 13
Arizona Republic "Goaltending was believed to be the most decisive factor after the Olympic break in determining whether or not the Coyotes would be playoff-bound. But goalie Mike Smith hasn’t disappointed, and yet the Coyotes have still found themselves struggling to piece together the type of win streak that..." March 12
Arizona Republic "The manner in which they got there was completely different but for the second straight game, the Coyotes were challenged with protecting a one-goal lead with about half a period to go – give or take a few minutes. Before a dizzying collapse Saturday in Washington that saw the Coyotes waste a..." March 11
NHL.com "Defenseman Rostislav Klesla said Saturday he will not join the Buffalo Sabres, who acquired him in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. The trade, which also sent goaltender Michal Neuvirth to Buffalo and goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a draft pick to Washington, came one day after..." March 09
Vancouver Sun "It took 40 minutes for the Vancouver Canucks to find life but one good period was all they needed Saturday to beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 and put an end to their latest losing streak. The Canucks could muster only eight shots on goal through the first two periods and appeared headed for another..." March 09
Washington Post "As the Washington Capitals gathered in their dressing room at Verizon Center during the second intermission Saturday night, what had already been an ugly week threatened to continue on. Trailing the Phoenix Coyotes by two, the Capitals were 20 minutes away from losing a fourth straight game when..." March 09
Tippett said Schlemko won't play tonight. Tough to say when he'll be ready. It's a pain issue. He listed Hanzal as doubtful.
Arizona Republic "Since the beginning of the season, Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett surveyed forwards Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal about who they thought could be the missing piece for their line. Whether suggested from one side or the other, winger Martin Erat’s name continually..." March 07
PSD Staff Check back often for all of the latest NHL Trade Deadline rumors, news stories, tweets, images, videos, and anything else we can dig up pertaining to Deadline Day. It's already been busy and I expect nothing less on Wednesday. March 06
Arizona Republic "Help is on the way, and they knew that before taking the ice, but the Coyotes still had plenty to prove. While management believes a base is already in place that’s good enough for a playoff berth, the Coyotes certainly haven’t lived up to that billing – not in the weeks before the Olympic..." March 05
TSN.ca "The Capitals traded Erat and forward John Mitchell to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday in exchange for defenceman Rostislav Klesla, forward Chris Brown and a fourth round draft choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In 53 games with the Capitals this season, Erat scored one goal and added 23..." March 04
Coyotes trade David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois to Chicago for a second round pick in 2014.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Ryan Miller must have wondered if his new team, the Blues, gave their goaltenders any support. Miller’s debut with the club Sunday in Phoenix came in the final game of the team’s three-game trip, after the Blues were shut out behind Jaroslav Halak in each of the first two. “He’s sitting..." March 03
Arizona Republic "While most of the Coyotes were easing back into game mode Thursday after more than two weeks off, Coyotes winger Brandon McMillan didn’t have any rust to shake off. “I’ve had that American League schedule, so I’ve been on the ice every day,” he said. “I haven’t really had a day off in the last..." March 01
Denver Post "Does anyone want to second-guess that selection of Nathan MacKinnon with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft anymore? The kid from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, is making Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy look very wise indeed for drafting him first overall, because MacKinnon is starting to tear up the..." March 01
New York Post "Turns out the NHL wasn’t allowing its players to participate in the Olympics without at least the smallest bit of protection. According to multiple sources, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) had taken out insurance for the possibility..." February 28
Arctic Ice Hockey "The Jets earned a win over the Coyotes but is Adam Pardy really a vampire? For the first time in roughly a month, the Winnipeg Jets took to their home ice to host an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes, one in which they would win 3-2 in a shootout. I would love to tell you that I..." February 28