Phoenix Coyotes – Management Change Comes Quickly
They say change is good. Fans are hoping that’s the case since chairman Jeff Shumway recently resigned to take on the responsibility of other interests of owner Jerry Moyes. Shumway will be acting as President of the Deer Valley Capital.
The Coyotes can nevertheless expect coaches, trainers and staff to sustain them along their journey this season. These important figures include associate coach Doug Sulliman, assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson, goaltending coach Grant Fuhr, video coach Steve Peters, strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Bahn, head athletic trainer Jason Serbus, assistant athletic trainer John Bernal, massage therapist Jukka Nieminen, head equipment manager Stan Wilson, equipment manager Tony Silva , assistant equipment manager Jason Rudee, team internist Robert Luberto, team orthopedic surgeon Doug Freedberg, team orthopedic surgeon Gary Waslewski, team dentist Lawrence Emmott and team dentist Ron Foeldi.
The team’s best talent takes the ice this season to play. Members include Mikkel Boedker, Daniel Carcillo, Shane Doan, Todd Fedoruk, Martin Hanzal, Olli Jokinen, Joakim Lindstrom, Enver Lisin, Peter Mueller, Steven Reinprecht, Viktor Tikhonov, Kyle Turris, and Daniel Winnik. Defensemen players include David Hale, Ed Jovanovski, Ken Klee, Zbynek Michalek, Derek Morris, Kurt Sauer and Keith Yandle. Goals are Ilya Bryzgalov and Mikael Tellqvist.
Promising prospects in the system include forwards Alex Bourret, Pat Brosnihan, Benn Ferriero, Steven Goertzen, Brett Hextall, Jeff Hoggan, Alexei Kaigorodov, Chad Kolarik, Anton Krysanov, Francis Lessard, Colin Long, Brett MacLean, Derek Nesbitt, Dimitri Pestunov, Kevin Porter, Vladimir Ruzicka, Dave Spina and Jared Staal. Defensemen include Jonas Ahnelov, Tim Billingsley, Mathieu Brodeur, Drew Fata, Chris Frank, Maxim Goncharov, Matt Jones, Ryan Lannon, Nick Ross, David Schlemko, Logan Stephenson, Michael Stone, Sean Sullivan, Chris Summers and Sean Zimmerman. Goalies include Brett Bennett, Scott Darling, Joel Gistedt, Al Montoya and Josh Tordjman.
The Coyotes took home a win against the Red Wings in their last game. Perhaps they’ll also finish out the rest of the month of January with wins against the Sharks and Sabres when they play away and home games respectively. During February, the Coyotes will be on the road taking to the ice as visitors against the Predators, Red Wings, Stars, Kings, Blues and Predators. The rest of the games in February, the Coyotes will great number games against the Hurricanes, Canucks, Flames, Oilers, Thrashers and Blues.
In March, the Coyotes will head back out on the road and take on the Bruins, Sabres, Islanders, Red Wings, Devils, Ducks and Sharks. At home, they’ll great number the Predators, Sharks, Ducks, Canucks, Oilers and Stars. As the season comes to a close in April, fans can expect to see the Coyotes take on the Avalanche, Kings, and Sharks while on the road and then return to their own ice to play their last games of the season against the Kings, Blues and the Ducks. The final game, which is against the Ducks, will be held on Saturday, April 11.
The Coyotes are currently ranked fifth in the Western Conference league standings with 24 wins, 19 losses, 5 OT and 53 points.