Thursday, January 04, 2007

Coyotes Primer for Canes Fans

For one night only...
Zig and Gorgeous Georges to play the RBC
I'm in the process of adopting the Phoenix Coyotes in a process that kind of parallels that of adopting orphan kids from Russia. Some days, I'm really feeling it some days, and on other days it looks like it's not going to happen.

Today, I'm bullish on the Yotes. The are relatively En Fuego as they come to Raleigh. If that lousy team of bipolar robots in the sightless eye shows up again tonight, the Yotes will bitch slap our beloved homeys. The Coyotes made a strong move yesterday to free up cap space and dump a guy with a history of wrecking clubhouse karma when they sent Mike Comrie to the Sens. Another sign that things finally seem to be pointing in the right direction for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Looks like I won't be able to watch tonight's game on Center Ice. It will only be broadcast on something called AZTV. When I Googled that name, Azərbaycan Televiziyası and TV networks in Germany and Italy were the first things to come up. Upon further review, it looks like AZTV Phoenix's version of the public access channel that used to host Wayne and Garth. We in Tucson don't get AZTV. That's a shame. I want my Bewitched and Brady Bunch re-runs!!!

Here's a bit of a Coyotes breakdown
Yanic Perreualt - The best move GM Mike Barnett and Coach Gretz have made over the last two seasons. The face off ace led the Coyotes in scoring for much of the season. He'll steal Staal's lunch money tonight in the circle...and maybe Roddy's too.

Owen Nolan - Returning to the highest playing form possible given his age and injury history. He's showing great creativity with the puck and keeping up nicely with the speed of the game.

Ladislav Nagy - Mr. Streaky is on a bit of a streak. All that trade talk and early season demotion to the 4th line is starting to work on his fragile Euro-psyche.

Mike Zigomanis - The former Cane has established a nice niche with the Coyotes. He's played on the grind line and on the top line. He's even made Georges Laraque look legit.

Zbynek Michalek/Keith Ballard - You won't find two finer rising stars playing on any team's blueline this season. The Yotes brought in Jovocop and Nick Boynton this season, but it's these two who have been there every night. Ballard is far and away my favorite Coyote. He hits, takes hits, and is not afraid to carry the puck. David Tanabe should have his notebook out tonight. Ballard plays the game the way Tanabe should be playing it.

Jeremy Roenick - Registered a hat trick December 30th vs. the Sharks. But then he was back to being Mr. Invisible the other night in Washington (less than 5 minutes TOI). Let's just say I hope they reserve a seat at the bar over at the Carolina Ale House for JR tonight should he be a healthy scratch.

Mikael Tellqvist - Probably the other good move Barnett/Gretz made this season moving disgruntled Tyson Nash to the Leafs where all over-the-hill underachievers eventually go to die. His stats are marginally better than Cujo's, but both pitched shutouts against the best in the west (Anaheim and San Jose) in the last couple of games.

The Counter-Wager
PB in his One Fan's Perspective Coyotes blog has responded to the wager challenge. I agree to PB's suggestion that the loser writes a Red and Black calibre puff piece extolling the virtues of the other club tomorrow. I also countered with the suggestion that loser buys tix to the Coyotes/Pens game later this month. Who doesn't want to see Crosby-Malkin-Staal, et al?


PB said...

It should be a fun game!


PB said...

Also, I wish the game was on FSN Arizona as the picture quality from AZTV isn't that great.

Bubba said...

Yep, should be a good one. Good write up bud!

magnolia_mer said...

Stillman's out with "upper body" injury (which explains his absence at practice) and Hedican's out this time due to surgery on his hand, predicted to miss at least four weeks. They've called up Ryan Bayda.

Holy Cup Hangover, Batman. Our guys just can't catch a break.

*sigh* Have fun, 'Yotes.