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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet Eager to Start Preseason Games

Arizona will play the first of six exhibition games on Wednesday at Anaheim

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

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."

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Kempe Seeks Job in NHL

Speedy forward Mario Kempe chose not to return to the KHL this season

by Anthony Perez The_Anthony_P / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE - Like most NHL teams, the Coyotes are looking to build their identity around players with speed. 

Forward Mario Kempe is hoping to earn a job with the team by showing he possesses that valued quality during training camp.

"I don't know much about him, but I've noticed him," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said during the first weekend of camp. "He's got some speed, he's in great shape and he's got some offensive talent."

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Raanta Embracing Challenge of Heavier Workload

As Coyotes starter, goalie Antti Raanta is expected to play between 55-65 games this season

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

GLENDALE - The Coyotes are counting on new goalie Antti Raanta to play between 55 and 65 games this season, his first as a starter in the NHL.

It's a crucial challenge the 28-year-old Finnish netminder has embraced with open arms.

"It feels great," Raanta said regarding being named the starter with the Coyotes after serving as a backup in Chicago and New York the past four seasons. "It's awesome to be here right now. It's going to be fun to start the season with these guys. There's going to be lots of new experiences for lots of guys, but I think everybody is eager to go out on the ice and show what we have."

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Tickets For ASU Hockey Games At Gila River Arena Go On Sale on Sept. 21

Sun Devils are scheduled to play three games in Glendale this season

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, September 18, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes and Sun Devil Athletics announced today that single game tickets for the three Sun Devils' NCAA hockey games at Gila River Arena will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m.

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Coyotes Reduce Training Camp Roster by 7 Players

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

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Monday, September 18, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have assigned the following five players back to their junior teams.
 

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Coyotes Add Demers to Solidify Defense Corps

Defenseman Jason Demers is expected to play with friend Alex Goligoski as team's second pair

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

GLENDALE - The Coyotes added defenseman Jason Demers to the mix on Sunday via a one-for-one trade the sent forward Jamie McGinn to the Florida Panthers after one disappointing season in Arizona.

"We think we are a better team today than we were yesterday," Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said after acquiring Demers, a 29-year-old with four years left on a contract he signed last summer. "We've got a guy who's here for four years that's a top-four, right-shot defenseman that can play 20 minutes and play special teams. We're excited to add him to our group. We think we've got a real strong group of defensemen now."

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Coyotes Announce Cancellation of Preseason Game vs. LA on Sept. 18

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that their preseason game scheduled for Monday, September 18 versus the Los Angeles Kings has been cancelled due to poor ice conditions following a concert at Gila River Arena on Saturday night. The game will not be rescheduled.

"We know that our fans and corporate partners were excited to see the Coyotes play tomorrow and we were very disappointed to learn that the ice was not in a suitable playing condition for the game," said Coyotes President and CEO Steve Patterson. "The arena manager, AEG Facilities, has assured us that all measures are being taken to repair the ice as soon as possible."

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Coyotes Acquire Demers from Florida in Exchange for McGinn

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunday, September 17, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Jason Demers from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jamie McGinn.

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Shots From The Point By OEL

In his first blog of the 2017-18 season, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson writes about having his brother Kevin at training camp

by Oliver Ekman-Larsson @OEL_23 / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE - Training camp has started and it's an exciting time for our team. There's a lot of new faces and I think everyone is excited to move forward. It's going to take time and effort to get to know everybody, but it will be a lot of fun at the same time.

One face that is new to almost everybody but me is my younger brother Kevin's. He's here at our camp getting ready to play for Tucson in the AHL season. He can't wait to get going and I'm excited for him. He worked so hard this summer to get into good shape and I'm really proud of him.

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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet Pushes Pace on First Day of Practices

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content
GLENDALE - The Coyotes, split into three groups, took the ice for the first time on Friday at Gila River Arena, and Head Coach Rick Tocchet set the tone for training camp, and the season, with fast-paced workouts.
"There's some work to do," Tocchet said. "We've got to be pushing the pace a little bit more, but it's fine, first day. We'll see how it progresses."
Training camp shifts to Ice Den in Scottsdale on Saturday and Tocchet will be looking for more players to keep up. Preparation and recovery will be huge keys, he said.
"You've got to be in shape to play a fast style and you can't rest," Tocchet said. "That's why 30-, 40-second shifts are very important. I don't want guys resting and slowing the game down. There are some guys out there who came in (to camp) in really good shape, and there's some guys who were just OK and they're going to have to learn to push the pace to play … It's definitely a mind-set. Sometimes you're tired, but you can't be tired. I'm sorry, but you just can't be tired. You have to push it. We'll get better at it."
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