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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet to Stage Coaching Symposium for Staff

Rick Tocchet will convene with his assistants for four days later this month

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

GLENDALE - Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet is planning a four-day coaching symposium for his new staff for later this month at Gila River Arena.

"We're going to go over systems, we're going to go over concepts, (and) game-day preparation, just so everybody has their responsibilities," Tocchet told SiriusXM NHL Network. 

Assistant coaches John MacLean and Scott Allen, and Video Coach Steve Peters will attend.  

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'Yotes Notes: Martinook Happy to Avoid Arbitration

Forward Jordan Martinook signed a two-year contract on Saturday

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

GLENDALE -- Forward Jordan Martinook will celebrate his 25th birthday on Tuesday without worrying about his next contract. That's because the restricted free agent and the Coyotes agreed to a two-year deal on Saturday. 

Martinook filed for salary arbitration earlier this off-season and his case was scheduled to be heard on Wednesday in Toronto.  

"I definitely did not want to go to arbitration," Martinook said. "It's just a process that RFAs take when you have it. I was definitely happy to get something done before Wednesday. It's my 25th birthday on Tuesday, and then I found out it's my agent's anniversary on the 26th, so the stars aligned and it's nice that we don't have to come to Toronto ... I'm happy I get to stay in Arizona for two more years. We've got a young team and we're trending in the right direction."

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'Yotes Notes: Hickey Debuts at Development Camp

Defenseman Brandon Hickey came to Arizona in Mike Smith trade with Calgary

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

GLENDALE - Defenseman Brandon Hickey made his debut at the Coyotes Prospect Development Camp on Thursday morning.

Hickey, whom the Coyotes acquired from Calgary on June 17 as part of the trade that sent goalie Mike Smith to the Flames, was a late arrival at camp because he needed to take a few summer class final exams at Boston University this week.

At age 21, Hickey, whom Calgary drafted 64th overall in 2014, is one of the older players at the development camp. And although his participation will be brief, he's treating it as a way to introduce himself to all involved.

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'Yotes Notes: Prospects Report to Development Camp

Team management will watch 38 young players skate in Arizona this week

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes welcomed 38 young players, including the nine they drafted last weekend, to a week-long Prospect Development Camp on Monday.

"It's a good week to get out here and get familiar with some of the guys, and just work hard and show them you have to work," said Dylan Strome, who is taking part in the annual off-season camp for a third time.

Strome is one of three players at this camp who played briefly in the NHL last season. Clayton Keller and Christian Fischer are the others. The trio is expected to lead the young group, on and off the ice, as they try to impress management with their skills and professionalism.

"We've talked about how it's a development camp, not a training camp," General Manager John Chayka said. "They're here to learn, ask questions, they're here to improve, and to get a plan in place for each individual of what they need to do moving forward. But at the same time life is an evaluation too, and this is a hard business. Any time you get a chance to make an impression, that's what they're trying to do."

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'Yotes Notes: Chayka Likes Cousins' Playmaking Skills, Grit

Center Nick Cousins is eager for new opportunity with Arizona

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

GLENDALE - The Coyotes added center Nick Cousins on Friday via a trade with Philadelphia, then submitted his name to the NHL on Saturday as one of the eight skaters they protected from the NHL Expansion Draft.

Cousins, 23, has played 107 NHL games, all for Philadelphia, which drafted him 68th overall in 2011.

"This is a good opportunity for me," Cousins said. "I'm really looking forward to getting to Arizona and meeting the guys."

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'Yotes Notes: Arizona Embraces New Rival

Coyotes are eager to develop competitive relationship with Vegas

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes have embraced the arrival of the Vegas Golden Knights into the NHL and are looking forward to the development of a, ahem, heated hockey rivalry in the desert.

"I think it's great to have another team so close to us," General Manager John Chayka said Thursday. "It's a natural rival and I hope it evolves that way. They are going to have a pretty good team as an expansion team. For us to have a team so close will be a real positive and exciting for the fans."

The Valley and Vegas are about 300 miles apart, and the teams are expected to play each other five times in 2017-18.

Arizona, and the other 29 incumbent NHL teams, soon will learn which player on their roster they will lose to the Golden Knights as part of the NHL Expansion Draft. Each team is required to submit a list of protected players to the NHL by 2 p.m. (Arizona time) on Saturday. Vegas will then pick its roster from players not protected and not exempt, and announce its choices on Wednesday in conjunction with the annual NHL Awards ceremony at T-Mobile Arena, the Knights' home rink.

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'Yotes Notes: Ekman-Larsson Earns Chance to Win Gold Medal

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

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson notched an assist on Team Sweden's game-winning goal during its 4-1 victory over Team Finland on Saturday in a semifinal match at the IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany.

Ekman-Larsson helped set up a power-play goal by John Klingberg at 4:36 of the second period. Alexander Edler, William Nylander and Joakim Nordstrom also scored for the Swedes, and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves.

Ekman-Larsson has produced five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games played at the annual tournament, in which 16 nations compete. 

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'Yotes Notes: Strome One Win from Playing for Memorial Cup

Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome and the Erie Otters can secure OHL championship on Friday

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

GLENDALE -- Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome and the Erie Otters need one victory to capture the Ontario Hockey League championship and secure a trip to the 2017 Memorial Cup.

Erie leads Mississauga, 3-1, in the best-of-seven championship series. Game 5 is Friday night at Erie.

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'Yotes Notes: Michalek Experiences Emotional Finale

Defenseman Zbynek Michalek likely played his final NHL game on Saturday

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

GLENDALE - Defenseman Zbynek Michalek likely played his final NHL game on Saturday night at Gila River Arena against the team he broke into the League with in 2003-04.

Michalek, 34, skated 19:48, took two shots on goal and delivered two hits in a 3-1 loss to Minnesota in the season finale for the Coyotes, for whom he played 612 games.

"Obviously, the game didn't go the way we wanted it to," Michalek said. "It was pretty emotional and I had a hard time getting it together once the game got going."

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'Yotes Notes: Schenn Scores First Goal of Season

Defenseman Luke Schenn chipped in goal in win over Vancouver

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

GLENDALE -- Defenseman Luke Schenn scored his first goal of the season on Thursday night as part of Arizona's 4-3 win over Vancouver at Gila River Arena.

"I'm not expected to go out there and score 20, but it would be nice to get one earlier than this," Schenn said. "Better late than never ... I don't have to go into next season thinking that I didn't score last year."

Schenn scored his goal at 6:00 of the first period when he slapped a rebound past Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller.

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