Riding the Crazy Train isn’t just for Ozzy anymore. We discuss the wild and completely insane week the Pack has had as Barchay (you know, like Bennifer or Brangelina?) wheel and deal and scare us and then thrill us and then… well, drive us nuts this week. Barroway and Chayka shaking it up.
When I first read the news I was stunned… then angry…then effing FURIOUS!
How dare they dump my Captain? How dare they try to replace the best piece of the Coyotes? Why would they excise the heart of the team?
I could see where Andrew Barroway (Johnny Come Lately) would not see the horrific ramifications of his decision to dump the “old” and jumpstart the “new” without taking into account… the Yotes don’t make the playoffs for 2017-2018 with or without Mr. Doan, so why do this now? Why do it this way? I call BULLSHIT on the necessity of this.
Dear Mr. Barroway,
You have not been here long enough to fully comprehend what you have done. It isn’t ‘what’ you have done so much as ‘how’ you did it. Seriously, at first I could not see a GOOD solution (a “good” way to do it at all) but now after some contemplation, I see a few other paths. Paths that would have allowed the fans to grieve and accept. Paths that would have left the Captain with some dignity, a reward for his loyalty and a chance to say goodbye.
First up, you have been the majority owner for awhile now. Long enough to pretty much know you didn’t want Shane back this season. So to allow the fiction that the choice would be up to him was a major butt munch move.
Secondly, to baldly just announce the parting like it was simply business (the thank you for your service announcements aside, because it felt like a sloppy aside) was also pretty munchy.
Thirdly to not discuss any alternatives with the man who almost single-handedly kept the team afloat and on the ice, not to mention butts in the seats was definitely the most egregious error of all.
When I say discuss… refer to the first crapfest… you probably knew you were kicking Shane to the curb back before you became the single team owner (2016-2017 you were the majority owner for crap’s sake, you had the ability to make decisions stick). Sit the man down, tell him, Dude, we are moving forward without you next year, how do you want to handle it? Work out something like… oh, I don’t know? We can trade you at 2016-2017 deadline and let you chase a cup, bring you back before the season opener 2017-2018 and you retire as a Coyote, retire your number. You know, something with pride and honor.
For the second referral, I have no words, no ability to justify, a complete inability to figure out how this jack knob, the abrupt announcement wouldn’t hurt, offend, infuriate and just plain piss off the Pack faithful. So is that who we are now? A business only? What WalMart or Target or Macy’s quality? What is our identity now? Who sells that to the team and to the fans now?
For the third… again with the discussion, only move it up one year to 2017-2018.
Hey, Shane, the team isn’t going to suck complete squirrel nuts but we ain’t going hunting for his Lordship’s silver cup either. I want to run some things by you for 2017-2018 before you make up your mind about whether you want to play again. Normally it would be Chayka talking to you but DUDE! YOU HAVE BEEN THE ROCK THAT THE TEAM HAS DEPENDED ON FOREVER. I had to come to you directly out of respect for all you have done to maintain this franchise. You are not JUST a player and I am grateful to all you have done for this team. So let’s get to the nitty gritty shall we?
#1 It will be your last season as a Coyote. Period. Full stop. No reprieve so don’t whine, it is what it is.
#2 Your minutes will be reduced. Gotta give the minutes to the young guns, get them ready to survive the gauntlet that is the NHL business.
#3 We would like you to give young OEL as much of a heads up on being a good Captain as possible and even prepare the rest of the kidlets for the passing of the torch. Think of yourself as Yoda yeah? Or Obi-Wan if you don’t like being short and green.
#4 At the trade deadline 2017-2018, I will ask you again, do you want to go chase a cup? If you don’t we can announce you want to retire a Coyote and that this will be your last go round. At that point, there will probably be a bunch of crying and some tribute shit at each rink we visit, our ticket sales will go through the roof as your fans try to get one more shot at saying goodbye to their idol. Can you handle being used as a media device and attendance machine? (oh wait, you are used to that, NVM)
So go home, talk to the fam, let me know your decision on Saturday and we’ll have time to get everything in place for you to announce you are hanging up your skates or coming back for the last time or moving on to chase a cup. Here’s my home number or you can call Chayka if you’d rather talk to him. Thanks again for everything.
So I sit here, not in tears but definitely in sorrow and contemplate this whole fiasco.
Our team will suffer. Who teaches OEL to lead the pups into battle? Who teaches the pups what it takes to survive the NHL experience… getting through the sophomore slump, how to keep in shape, eat right, train right by example, not for 5 years or even just the ice game but how to be the best you that you can. What about how to treat your community? How to be a role model?
Remember the bankruptcy years? Remember the attempted hijacking by the Blackberry King? Remember all the relocation rumors? Attacks from certain Northerly press corps members? His gracious poise in acknowledging the Kings after losing in the Western Conference Finals to those cheap shot artists? (sorry, that last 1 pisses me off still, but then again I never claimed to be Doan-like)
Do you remember even 1 time during all the bullshit, that our captain panicked, was less than gracious, lost hockey focus, did not keep the team on point? Yeah, me neither.
Yet, the time has come for Shane Albert Doan to move on no matter how it has happened. Yes, he will be missed. Will I still support my reduced Pack? Yes… but losing Z in such a shitty way and now the Captain, yet again in a douchey manner. I have some grieving to do before throwing my heart back on the ice. I hope to see you all howling along… for as long as we have a team, we have a pack and if all of us sekritly hope The Doaner goes to another team and hoists a cup… well, that is only as it should be.
Vaya Con Dios Shane Albert Doan, Captain and Pack Leader Extraordinaire. I will forever grateful to you for showing me something to howl about in the business of sports and giving my hockey-loving heart a safe and happy place to howl from. You will be missed but your place in Coyotes history has been cemented in into the hearts of the fans forever.
~Z4dfense & Steve
So it begins…Rivalry in the Desert
7-3-1 is the obvious choice unless you have a burning desire to protect a 4th Dman? As we discussed during the last podcast, the young Arizona Yotes are mostly protected by years or games played rules of the NHL… shall we get really specific now?
I’ve marked the current crop to defend our position. Think about this as you read through… if we leave a couple of protected spots open at forward… might we take advantage of some teams *Ducks/Penguins* to name just 2 with protection issues and have something worth protecting in those spots?
Alex Burmistrov PROTECT (kid has wheels and hands, was a 1st round 8th overall pick in 2010 but the Jets couldn’t figure out what to do with him he needs a shot at fitting in with kids that can fly like he can and who can handle his creativity … we got plenty of those…finally). With the right handling, think of Burmi as a young Ray Whitney.. ummm only bigger LOL
Lawson Crouse INELIGIBLE
Shane Doan (Coyotes et usque in aeternum semper) Do I need to go here? 40 yr old captain, UFA wait until after the brouhaha to sign him…etc
Max Domi INELIGIBLE
Anthony Duclair PROTECT (despite his sophomore debacle, the Duke has more talent than most.) If we can help him find his way aka not being good only when paired with Domi, This kid could be the 2nd line sniper that could open up huge possibilities for the Coyotes to be more than just a 1st line threat every game. Teams would then have to split their lines to counter us rather than having the ability to contain us with a concentration of their best.
Christian Dvorak INELIGIBLE
Peter Holland – UNPROTECTED AKA TRADE BAIT
Josh Jooris UNPROTECTED AKA TRADE BAIT
Clayton Keller INELIGIBLE
Jordan Martinook PROTECT (what’s not to like about what Jordi brings to the table?) If I’m Vegas… I want this kid 1st, Reider 2nd and after that, it is a crapshoot that is 50% nothing gained. Jordi surprised everyone from training camp to today. Hard working, fast, creative and unafraid to go head to head with anyone. Add the ability to snipe those opportunistic 2nd chances and did I mention the shorty chances?
Jamie Mcginn UNPROTECTED AKA TRADE BAIT I like Jamie and he does have some potential. I’d protect him if I didn’t think we might be able to pull off a snatch and grab of a higher potential player.
Brendan Perlini INELIGIBLE
Teemu Pulkkinen UNPROTECTED well, we haven’t seen enough of him to get excited either way right?
Brad Richardson PROTECT before his broken leg there was some great chemistry brewin with Brad. Tough no nonsense RW on pace to beat his first year’s 20 goals. We don’t have a lot of goal scorers, we need to protect them since we already have him and he has proven himself here.
Toby Reider PROTECT (if you had a rocket would you leave it unprotected and hide your .22?) Speed kills, creativity kills, Toby has a unique combination of killer instinct and speed. It isn’t enough to be fast in this new NHL, intensity, and focus can be the difference in every game. With special teams making such a huge impact in a league with so much parity Toby raises the bar for our PK. Hell, half the time I wish we were on the PK instead of the PP because Jordi and Toby could break the hell out and score seemingly at will. (Pah, more than I can say for our PP, that weak sister makes my eyes bleed.)
Radim Vrbata N/A for either… just wait until after the draft to sign him… give him a low-end contract then load it with bonus opportunities and let him earn his money. (35 yr old… Only does well in PHX UFA… you get the drift.)
***See Anaheim’s problem… too many defensemen to protect and too many auto-protects to go 8-1 sooo. Vatanen/Fowler/Lindholm might be available? Then we might be able to justify going 8-1 our own damn selves if we snagged something like Lindholm.
Jakob Chychrun INELIGIBLE
Kevin Connaughton UNPROTECTED AKA TRADE BAIT… the kid isn’t bad, he just isn’t a stand out (other than being able to play forward in a pinch)
Anthony DeAngelo INELIGIBLE
Oliver Ekman-Larsson PROTECT (future captain, difference maker, GWG guru… do I really have to explain why you protect this guy? You don’t watch our games do you?)
Alex Goligoski PROTECT (well, cuz we have to due to NHL rules about trade clauses and to stay off the cap floor and even with his slow ass start he did rack up 30 assists)
Connor Murphy PROTECT Conman has come along so nicely, developing a sweet lil mean streak and learning to crease sweep, block shots and join the rush up ice. Just what we need as we transition away from the traditional stay at home defense.
Luke Schenn UNPROTECTED don’t want to leave him unprotected but when push comes to shove, a -9, 8pt stay at home defenseman can’t compete with the other 3 we chose to protect right? 200lbs of hitman in our crease ain’t nuthin to sneeze at. Schenni had 286 hits and 134 blocked shots. Not bad for the first year and learning our system. Unfortunately, that isn’t enough to protect him at this juncture. (Besides… if Vegas takes him… it’s only 1 year LOL he can always do what the other cool kids do and come back to us.)
***See Pittsburgh’s problem… Murray or Fleury? Fleury must be protected or traded out. Murray who has 2 Stanley Cup playoff season’s that he pretty much backstopped, would be exposed if Fleury stays. I’d keep Murray, young, poised, team trusted and already a winner. Fleury is also a Cup winner but is not the workhorse he has been in the past and at 10 years older than the upstart Murray, he may be better off competing for a #1 spot somewhere that can a) afford him… b) desperately needs his caliber of netminder to get a jump start on their rebuild… he’s been that guy and reap the benefits before. I’d rather protect Fleury than Smitty… just sayin ** Fleury waived his NMC!**
Louis Domingue PROTECT We need to be looking to the future. We need a goalkeeper who can grow with the rest of the young core. We need to let Louie grow/learn/shine without riding him like a government mule whenever OL GroinBoy goes down. If he can share duties with a decent but probably almost past their prime minder (think Miller, Ward, Niemi, Pavelec, Mason or even Berniere) Let him learn from someone like Miller or Ward who is sunsetting or compete for his life with someone who will fight for the #1 spot Mason et al *these guys are young enough to compete and be placeholders as well*. Nothing like some real competition to spice up a goalie tandem. If you win, you are in… the starter spot belongs to the victor and you are only as good as your last performance.. Unless it’s a back-to-back. Well, then there may be room for negotiation.
Mike Smith would be an automatic protect due to a pre-existing limited no trade condition. He gave us a list… talk to those folks. OL BigHead is looking to go somewhere that he can win NOW! That isn’t the Arizona Coyotes at the moment. I have not appreciated his recent comments… I have never liked him as a #1 goalie for our team. Sorry, not a hater really, no really LOL I just have never been a fan of his style. Yes, I know a puck moving goalie can be a great asset but not if the guy is constitutionally incapable of letting his defense do their jobs. His decisions on when to play the puck instead of letting the incoming D do it, his lack of communication when moving to play the puck, his propensity for ignoring the trapezoid and of course the falling down behind the net-entangling-his-D thang is why I cringe every time he moves out of the blue. Now past that… Mike Smith’s trade value will never be higher than it is right now. Let him go. Get something back that makes sense… either an older mentor goalie like Miller or Ward can replace him and not have to be protected (sign them after the Vegas thang) or pick up somebody like Fleury that is worth protecting and take a chance that Vegas won’t pull Louie out from under us.
The LV Golden Knights will receive the official protected lists at 10 a.m. Sunday and must submit their list of picks – one from each team – to the NHL by 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Let the expansion games begin!
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Funny how the first post is always the hardest, then once you get the first sentence down, you just can’t shut up.
So much has happened in just a few months. We’ve changed names and direction from Coyote Hip Check to Melted Puck. Weird I know but come on… Melted Puck is perfect for hockey in the desert. Didja know you can actually melt a puck out here in the summer? Takes some 115 degree days and a nice unshaded spot but you really can do it LOL
Melted Puck and Coyote Hip Check are melding hockey minds. Going forward Steve and Monique and hopefully, some guests will be discussing the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL in general with blogs and podcasts. Hope you will join us each week as we have discussions and write about the perfect sport.
2017-2018 is going to be a wild ride. We may not quite be ready to contend for the Cup but we will be fun to watch! We’ve got rookies to root for, an arena to build, traditions to develop, rumors to squash, a fan base to drag back into the pack and so much more.
Upcoming events will be a recap of 2016-2017, some talk about what the offense and defense players that we have left look like, what we need to fill our holes going forward, the expansion draft and all of its options, the 2017 NHL draft and then on to the season and all of the happenings… there will probably be some snarky rants, some nicknames to be figured out and lots of fun.
~Don’t Stop Believin~
Monique AKA Z4Defense