Going to the (desert) dogs
The Phoenix Coyotes rolled into Edmonton last night with a 2-6-0 record, looking every bit as easy a target as the many Oilers bloggers are going to get this year. And as the aptly coined Desert Dogs left town at 2-7-0 with their collective tail between their legs, the rabid on-line pundits had a field day.
Wayne Gretzky may have led the Oilers to four Stanley Cups back in his day, but his charges weren't catching a break from Edmonton's finest.
If this were any other team, GM Barnett and coach Gretzky would probably be posting their condos on leasebusters.com right now in preparation for the fallout, but luckily they work for a team with no pride or expectations in a city that couldn't care less about hockey, so yeah. Everybody wins?
I think the Coyotes/Jets should be a case study in how not to run a sports franchise. In 26 seasons, they've won two playoff rounds. Wow.
Phoenix is where players go to die (Roenick being the latest example of a Yote flirting with post-mortem).
How bad is Phoenix? So bad that not a single dork has created a Coyotes blog. Or does that speak to how bad the Coyote fan-base is? Actually, I found one blog, through MVP, but the last post is from September, and is about the host trying to find someone else to manage the site. That is some sad $@#&.And here's a Hurricanes blogger, Scott Cason, for good measure:
I say, keep Boynton and the defensive corps, offer the entire lot of those forwards to Metallurg Magnitogorsk as part of a settlement deal for Malkin's midnight run to prosperity...Last night's game was ultimately a 5-2 Coyotes' loss, one in which the line of Patrick Thoresen, Petr Sykora and Ales Hemsky was, once again, dynamite. Phoenix, with Curtis Joseph in goal, managed to marginally improve a league-worst save percentage, which went from a god-awful .861 to .863.
Wayner's Coyotes are mired in abysmalia. A miserable year ten of their "decade in the desert" now looms.
Ultimately — and we'll heap on credit where it's due — it was ESPN that had the right idea in preseason when they somehow jumbled the words Coyotes, hockey and miracle into an ill-advised article.
Because at this point, a miracle is what Wayne's praying for.