Tuesday, October 24, 2006

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...

Wayner's Coyotes are mired in abysmalia. A miserable year ten of their "decade in the desert" now looms.
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.


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.



At 5:33 AM, October 24, 2006, Anonymous Kit said...

The Coyotes organisation are fools; when you've failed to establish enough of a fanbase to organise themselves into blogging, you should DO IT FOR THEM. Make it easy for them to get into blogging; make a space on the website. Get a podcast out there.

Get people talking Phoenix, even if it's only people you employ; if there were other people analysing what Phoenix did, maybe someone would feel compelled to hold them accountable for their horrible management (and maybe then they'd start employing younger skaters, instead of Gretzky coaching people who were contemplating retirement when he left.

At 10:51 AM, October 24, 2006, Blogger BlackCapricorn said...

All you have to do is look at the recent Olympic team managed by the great One. All he did was eschew young talent for older guys he knew personally and brought them in for one last kick around. What happened to Team Canada?

Now look at the Dogs. Owen Nolan? JR? Its the same philosophy all over again with the same results. Maybe 99 should take a page from the Flyers playbook and get out of the business. He was a great player but may be stuck in the past "old NHL". Pretty soon all of the guys he know will be retired and where will he go for talent?

At 11:19 AM, October 24, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

Move em back to Winnepeg. At least when they sucked there, they had fans who cared.

At 2:01 PM, October 24, 2006, Anonymous Jaci said...

I found one blog last week that covers the Coyotes. I have a side-blog where I follow ex-Bruin Nick Boynton, but that's about as far as the coverage goes.

If they don't come out of Calgary with a win tonight (or even a solid effort), they should make some changes quick.

At 3:45 PM, October 24, 2006, Anonymous Duane R said...

This Centre Ice subscriber has no doubt. The Coyotes are horrible. By far the worst team I've seen this year (and I watch a lot of Kings games so...).

Which brings me to one of my favourite points:

Who in hell decided that Wayne Gretzky is a great hockey mind. I've heard him described that way by lots of seemingly smart people..."The Coyotes are poised for a break through with the great hockey mind of Wayne Gretzky running the show."

Gretzky was a great player. The Greatest ever in my mind. I loved #99 as a player. He was a national treasure. Blah, blah, blah.

But what has he ever done as a coach/manager? And before you throw salt Lake at me, try and think back and actually remember Salt Lake. If Tommy Salo ducks, I think we are talking about a 58 year gold medal drought by the time Vancouver rolls around. Team Canada played exactly one good game at the 2002 Olympics (maybe 1 1/2 if you count the quarter against Finland). But yet this is the tournament we use to hold Wayner up as a Great Hockey Mind.

Forgetting that my mom could have put together a gold medal contending team for the 2002 Olympics and she likely would have done a better job than the twits who picked Bertuzzi over Crosby in '06. I believe The Great Hockey Mind had something to do with '06.

To sum up my point...Gretzky Great Hockey Player, Below Average Hockey Mind. And Phoenix ain't going to do a thing until Wayne steps aside.?

At 2:42 AM, October 25, 2006, Blogger Tapeleg said...

The guy who runs (ran) the MVN Coyotes blog is the same guy who runs Avsfans blog. He lives in Colorado. But it looks like he has several MVN blogs, but is pruning.

Just like the Blackhawks, there aren't many blogs. But there aren't many Avs blogs either. So it really isn't much of a measure. There are successful teams who have barely found the blogosphere. I didn't find it that long ago myself.

But you have to think the Coyotes would take whatever there is, promotion wise.

At 8:32 PM, October 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gretzky's stubborn enough that, unless somebody in the Phoenix ownership group takes him aside, he'll hang in long enough to be considered in the pantheon of all-time worst NHL coaches, where recent inductees have included Rick Bowness, Bryan Trottier, Don Hay, whichever Sutter coached Florida, Greg Gilbert, and every Islander coach since Al Arbour, but especially Butch Goring.


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