GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will play the first of six preseason games on Wednesday night at Anaheim, and Head Coach Rick Tocchet is eager to get behind Arizona's bench and watch the 20 players he selects to play the Ducks start a new era.
"We have to be a competitive team," Tocchet said. "I don't care if it's an exhibition game, a practice, a regular-season game or the first game of the playoffs. The intensity, the work ethic, and our concepts can't be compromised around here. We're starting new. There's a clean slate for everybody. The work ethic on Wednesday night, I want to see that. Regardless if we win or lose, I want to see the competitiveness of a Coyotes team. As much as I know it's only an exhibition game, it does start the identity of our team. What is our identity? It starts on Wednesday."
Forty-eight players remain in training camp. Arizona's 20-man roster for Wednesday night's game will be announced on Wednesday morning.
Tocchet said he would keep the team's approach to the game simple.
"For me, an exhibition game is about putting guys in certain situations and making them succeed," Tocchet said. "There's not a ton of system stuff where I'm going to try to throw too much at them. We'll give them the basics, but to me it's let the players play."