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Deserted Rock Bottom Written by Habs4Life - November 29th, 2010

The Coyotes were involved in two blockbuster deals sending Malkin & Quick to Columbus acquiring Chris Stewart and Henrik Lundqvist only to ship Lundqvist, Brooks Laich & Henrik Tallinder who was acquired from San Jose for Tim Gleason to acquire Pekka Rinne, Anze Kopitar and Kevin Bieksa from the Senators.

Phoenix, Arizona

The Coyotes sit dead last in the Pacific Division and their gm could no longer sit idle watching the players divide into groups and falter into bad habits. The team got off to an okay start to see them lose 3 games in a row to a combined score of 13 to 2. Larouche & coach Richards held a closed door meeting and yet saw his club lose the next game 4 to 1 to the Stars after losing the night before to the same team by a 5 to 0 stomping.

After sitting in his office wondering what would happen or what he would do with his next move a call came from the Columbus Jackets and talks quickly developed into a trade that saw young Russian Gino Malkin who seemed to welcome the move after he was demoted to the second line in Phoenix. Following Malkin was rookie goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was surprised to see himself moved. Even after the club struggled to get Quick signed to a long term deal he felt he would see himself have a long career here, however that was not meant to be.

In return the club acquired scoring forward Chris Stewart who should allow the club to put more flexibility due to the fact Stewart is a capable passer as well. In the transaction the Coyotes acquired Henrik Lundqvist who would never get a chance to even land in Phoenix as he was dealt a few hours later to the Ottawa Senators.

"The move was done very quickly!" Larouche admitted. "We called GM Gerg to find out about bringing back Rinne and also what were the options of landing young star Anze Kopitar who as struggled so far with the Senators." the Coyotes gm was quoted. The deal saw Tim Gleason move to San Jose for another Henrik who in turn was moved with Lundqvist and Brooks Laich for Kopitar, Rinne and Bieksa.

The Coyotes felt the moves were justified and needed to be completed. "After these moves I feel we have gotten stronger on the back end. Bieksa who is a veteran will provide more leadership to lead our youngsters in Hillen, Boychuk and Schultz. Kopitar gives us a number center to play along side Ovy. Stewart will start with Cammi and see if we cannot get him going. Cammi and Rene need to step it up in order for us to get out of the basement." commented coach Richards.

In other notes the club demoted Brent Burns who struggled with little ice time and will now have access to full time minutes in San Antonio and Adam Hall will also join him in the ICHF. The Coyotes called up Steve Wagner along with Francis Lessard to give the club more flexibility with the league salary cap.

Rumors persist that captain Ovy could be dealt, however Larouche nor Richards would give us a word on that subject. But someone close to Alex's agent stated that AO gave his blessing on being moved if it help the club. That same person also stated that AO would still prefer to stay in Phoenix to help right the struggling ship.

Here is hoping that the new faces of Kopitar, Stewart, Bieksa and Rinne can help elevate the play of Cammalleri, Bourque and allow the club to get back to it's winning ways.

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