Now, I understand that times are tough in the desert. The loss of Bryzgalov landed the Coyotes with a goaltending trio of Jason Lebarbera, Mike Smith, and Curtis McElhinney. Not exactly the ideal group of goalies you’d want going into training camp.
Many expect Mike Smith to land the starting job and return to his old form under the familiar eye of coach Dave Tippet.
They brought back two players that they bought out themselves in Petteri Nokelainen and Patrick O’Sullivan. They added Kyle Chipchura Boyd Gordon, and Raffi Torres to play the rough, sandpaper type game. Then they added some unproven players in Alexander Bolduc, Andy Miele, and Marc Antoine-Pouliot.
So as their roster regressed, they still have a chance to a playoff team when you look at their defense. Adrian Aucoin, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Rostislav Klesla, Derek Morris, Michal Rosival, David Schlemko, and all-star defensmen, Keith Yandle.
They again regressed their roster with a trade today with the Calgary Flames. Don Maloney, general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes acquired veteran Daymond Langkow from the Flames in exchange for 28 year old Lee Stempniak.
The trade is contingent on the passing of physicals by both Langkow and Stempniak.
For me, I wonder, what in the world is Don thinking? Dealing the younger, healthier and at this point in their careers many will argue better player and not getting any sort of insurance via a pick or prospect?
I’m a big Langkow fan, but how will he recover from his severe neck injury he suffered over a year ago.
Will he be able to find his game back in Phoenix?
How will his body handle the vigorous 82 game schedule?
How will he fair without Iginla?
For me there are far to many questions and I think that this move could help Stempniak regain a bit of his scoring touch that he had in spurts in St. Louis, Toronto, and the early days in Phoenix.
Good trade by Jay Feaster and a questionable move by Don Maloney.
As if Phoenix wasn’t under enough scrutiny.