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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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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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Rookie tournaments have always been must-see events for NHL teams’ personnel. The league’s most famous rookie tournament in Traverse City, Michigan has featured as many as eight teams in past years, making it a destination for staff both north and south of the border. The tournaments present an opportunity for executives, coaches and scouts to hobnob with their peers, to scout the competition, and if the opportunity presents itself, to flex their drafting muscles in front of those same peers. “Players can make a name for themselves when they dominate a tournament like this,” Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong said. “It can also let the organization know that, “Hey, we got a good one.’” For most of their existence, the Coyotes…

Throughout his first year on the job, Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong put a brave face on the lack of confidants to whom he could turn. While he has jokingly compared his first months in the big chair to driving a Tesla 200 miles per hour in the fog, Armstrong has always pivoted quickly away from that pity-me approach, reminding everyone...

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What’s this? A ranking of Coyotes prospects? A ranking of any kind from me?Before you dial up PHNX to ask if an imposter has taken my place, let me explain. This isn’t really my ranking. This is more what I think the organization’s ranking would be. Let’s face it, my ranking — or anybody else’s — doesn’t matter. What the...

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As I reported last week, Rick Tocchet is headed to the broadcast booth for the 2021-2022 NHL season. https://twitter.com/CraigSMorgan/status/1435675113685327872 It was a tumultuous offseason for Tocchet after he and the Coyotes parted ways in May. He was a finalist for the New York Rangers head coaching job, and almost everyone thought he was getting the Seattle Kraken job before that...

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Liam Kirk World Championship

Jonathan Phillips is a celebrity in the British hockey community. He is entering his 18th season in the Elite Ice Hockey League, he has been a fixture on various British national teams since 1999, he ranks eighth all-time in EIHL points, and he ranks first in games played. Those achievements earn Phillips a nod when he walks into the local...

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