Morning Meltdown – Arizona Coyotes Edition


For this Morning Meltdown, let’s take a look into some of the buzz surrounding the Arizona Coyotes.

For the Arizona Coyotes there has never been a more desperate time in franchise history. Our very own Spencer writes about the current struggle the ‘Yotes are transitioning through.

"“To make such a bombastic and strong statement would be considered laughable by many. Those same people would make their counter-argument based upon the public fact that there is finally solid ownership in place for the Coyotes, and a committed one at that. For a team that has barely missed the playoffs the past two seasons and was Arizona’s last professional sports team in the conference finals, there wouldn’t seem to be cause for concern. However, the details become a bit more grim when you truly dive into this franchise’s present and future.Sunday, April 13th 2014. Arizona has just wrapped up its first season under its new ownership group (led by Anthony LeBlanc) with a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. A victory that means little to nothing as the Coyotes finish 9th in the West, one game shy of that allusive playoff berth. The feeling by some was this was a team past its prime, hanging on life support until the inevitable downfall. Either way, serious tuning and change was greatly needed, with GM Don Maloney stating as much in his end of season press conference.”"

To read the rest of Spencer Haan’s article, click here.

All the Arizona Coyotes have been focused on this season is improvement. This can be seen from their new name to their new arena. As David Harper of reports, the organization is ready for success.

"“However, coach Dave Tippett said his team is not content with merely making the playoffs and argued that heading into 2014-15, the Coyotes are poised to compete among the Western Conference elite.“If a couple things go differently, we make the playoffs. But we want to be a better team than just get to the playoffs,” Tippett said. “Last year we just had too much inconsistency to push us into that last playoff spot. In this League, you know it’s going to be a dogfight right down to the end and you can’t afford to have any lulls.”The Coyotes team that started the season so well, tying a franchise record with nine wins in October, barely resembled the one that finished it, losing seven of eight to fall short of a playoff spot. Tippett lamented Arizona’s tendency to leave points on the table.”"

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