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Coyotes Executives Address Key Topics at Town Hall

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes hosted a Town Hall gathering for fans on Saturday afternoon at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa, next door to Gila River Arena.

Play-By-Play Announcer Matt McConnell emceed the event and posed questions to Owner Andrew Barroway, President and CEO Steve Patterson and General Manager John Chayka.

Video: Town Hall with Barroway, Patterson and Chayka

Some highlights:

• Barroway said the Coyotes likely will surprise those doubting that the team will be much improved in 2017-18.

"We made a real effort this off-season to win now," Barroway said. "...We made aggressive moves. No one would say we were timid, but we did it because we did what we thought was best for the team. It's not always easy. Change never is. But we think we did the best we could do to put a winning team on the ice now, and we think we're going to see it as early as this year ... Expectations are higher. We want to make the playoffs."

• Chayka said Tocchet has quickly changed the culture around the team just a week into training camp.

"His standard is set so high that he's pulling players up," Chayka said. "...He expects nothing short of excellence."

• Patterson said there is no news to report regarding a new arena, but added it remains a priority.

"When we have something to announce in the future, we'll go ahead and do that," Patterson said. "We've got to make sure it's a situation that works great for the fans and great for the team, and has all the amenities that everybody expects out of the building. Once we get to that point, then we'll let everybody know."

• Barroway said the Coyotes would like to retire Shane Doan's sweater number someday soon, possibly as early as 2018-19.

"We've reached out," Barroway said. "We've spoken with Shane. Everyone loves him. He's a class act, great guy. We do want to retire his jersey at a time that's right for him. He is the bedrock of this franchise. No other Coyotes should wear the No. 19 again ... When he's ready to do it, we're certainly ready. It's his time frame, not ours." 

• Chayka said the team is purposely taking its time before naming Doan's replacement as captain.

"I'm a big believer that these things sort themselves out," Chayka said. "...I think as we go through camp, 'Toc' and his staff will continue to evaluate that. I think we're really cognizant of the fact that those are big shoes to fill, to take the captaincy of the Coyotes, so I think it's something where we want to make sure that we're putting the right person in the right position to have success. As we go through camp, that's something we're looking to do." 


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