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Season 6 Coyotes Written by Gerv - September 5th, 2009
The Phoenix Coyotes look ahead to Season 6 along with the Franchises bright Future.

Phoenix, Arizona -- The Phoenix Coyotes coming off a playoff run in season 5 for the first time in their history are now ready to takeoff in season 6 with pretty much the same roster but some changes have taken place.

There is a feeling that the Coyotes may have lost a step on defense this year with the retirements of Sean Hill and Keith Carney. Both were acquired near the trade deadline and seem to lift the Coyotes to a playoff run. Both provided excellent leadership and veteran presence for the young kids. Martin made no bones about it that you cannot just replace two veterans with those qualities. Looking at their stats you can see why:

Carney
Regular Season
80 GP 7 G 21 A +14 and 294 hits
Playoffs
9 GP 1 G 0 A -1 and 26 hits

Hill
Regular Season
70 GP 2 G 15 A +2 and 171 hits
Playoffs
9 GP 1 G 3 A -1 and 37 hits

They help lead the Coyotes to an upset against the might Canucks who had finished first overall in the CMHL taking them down in five games only to fall to the Ducks in 4 straight games. The Coyotes also said goodbye to two farm goalies in Michal Garnett and Jeff Glass.

The offseason was a rather quiet one for the Coyotes. Larouche attempted to sign two players to offer sheets but both were matched. The gm then turned his signed on signing two promising prospects. Luke Schenn who many feel even at such a young age he could be the next captain of the club and provide strenght and defense lost by the two veterans. However the Coyotes are not putting any pressure on Schenn as they want him to get use too the rigures of the CMHL. Kyle Turris is also a promising player but many feel that with the rumors around the C that he may get better if he was dealt to another club as Bergeron and Roy will be around for a long time as they are both just entering their primes.

The changing of the guards. The Coyotes thanked Thiedes for his services as AGM, however the team wanted to go in a different way and hired a new AGM in Jay who really shares the same values as the clubs gm.

Finally the last change was the trading of young star Paul Stastny to the Carolina Hurricanes. Stastny who grew up in the organization after being drafted in the draft of season 2 also held the club record for points by a rookie with 56 points established in year 4. Paul provided 39 goals and 128 points in just 139 GP however the club felt in needed more scoring as the club struggled to score on a regular basis. The team finished 16th in scoring while posting the 4th best GAA.



The club acquired Derek Roy in return from Carolina and Larouche let it known that he had been actively trying to acquire Roy in the previous offseason along with season 5 but was never able to pry him from the Canes. But eventually they came to an agreement and Derek Roy will be counted on by Martin to lead the charge alongside Booth and Brown who should form a great duo for many years. The Coyotes hope that Derek can gain from season 5 where he scored a career 33 goals in 82 GP along with a + 24.

We (Phoenix Sun) have asked fans around the club to see what they felt and most responded that the club should try to acquire another scoring forward or add a franchise player which they feel they lost when the previous GM traded away Alexander Ovechkin. Larouche countered that he is looking to add another scoring forward but that they did have a franchise player and that man is Marc-Andre Fleury!



So with that said if the season started today here is what we are looking at for Season 6 lineup:

Booth - Roy - Brown
Staal - Bergeron - Lehtinen
Higgins - McClement - Gordon
Callahan - Mitchell - OPEN

Fighting for a spot
Hall/Tootoo/Mueller

Enstrom - Schenn
Picard - McLaren
Vabalik - Letang

Fighting for a spot
Bell/Leopold

Fleury
Labarbera

The club looks very solid in goal, the defense looks good along with the forwards rounding up in to shape but looks like the teams motto will be again defense over offense with Jacques Martin.

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Impressive team with impressive youth!

Written By: habsfan93 (2009-09-05 09:58:59)

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