Desert dogs set for changes
The departure of associate coach Barry Smith, who will coach St. Petersburg in the Russian league next season, from the Phoenix Coyotes is only the beginning of a series of moves the struggling National Hockey League club will make in the off-season.Yikes. I wholeheartedly endorse any move that dumps Barnett from the GM post, but the last thing I'd advocate for Gretzky was for him to take on even more responsibility in light of how his first two years behind the bench have gone.
According a source, the Coyotes soon will reassign general manager Mike Barnett and possibly replace him with Wayne Gretzky. Does this mean Gretzky will step away from behind the bench?
The cycle continues in Phoenix.
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