Morning sportsfans, Champ here had the pleasure of watching the Phoenix Coyotes – Pittsburgh Penguins game last night on TSN and must say it’s quite refreshing to see the positive start the Coyotes have had to the 2009-10 season.
Given everything that took place over the summer with Jim Basille vs. Gary Bettman, one can’t help but smile at the Coyotes starting 2-0 this year and shutting out the Stanley Cup champs in their own barn in the process.
There is some great youth on this team and in their system with Mikkel Boedker, Martin Hanzal, Viktor Tikhonov and Kyle Turris and add in some solid veterans like Ed Jovanovksi (Jovo-cop), Adrian Aucoin, Shane Doan, and Robert Lang and it makes for great balance for this franchise. This current team has the potential to make the playoffs… many people forget that at the allstar break last season, the Coyotes were 5th in the Western Conference so they obviously know how to win with the players they currently have.
With the addition of Dave Tippett behind the bench there will be more structure and a new way forward for this team. They will need some time to adjust to the change in coaching philosophy but the on ice product, with time, will benefit.
Perhaps everything that happened in the courtroom this season was a blessing in disguise for the Coyotes. People in Arizona would have seen it all go down in the papers and it will surely attract some curious residents to go and check out what all the fuss was about. The more bums they can put into the seats the better, it will help attract more fans in the process and perhaps even…gasp…make them a viable market after all. And given the fact that the other two teams Mr. Basille bid on are now doing well in their respective markets well…there’s never a two without a three! To keep that dream alive they have to do one thing first and that’s keep winning. In reality nobody likes a losing team and it makes it hard to get people out to games in any sport when the team is consistently underperforming (read Toronto Blue Jays), but with the right people in place, you never know the Phoenix Coyotes just might be in Arizona for longer than some might think.
Stay classy, Phoenix Coyotes.