GLENDALE -- We’re back in Arizona for a long homestand and we’re excited to get back to our winning ways. That last road trip didn’t go anywhere near the way we wanted it to go. It was a tough trip, mentally and physically, but we’ve got to find a way out of this losing streak. I think we can get back to winning games by working harder and playing smarter. We have to rally as a group and as individuals, and find ways to battle out of it and play the way we did early in the season. Nobody else is going to do it for us.
Shane Doan back in the lineup soon. He’s our captain and we need him on the ice. It’s different for everybody when he’s not around, and especially for the guys like me who’ve played with him for years and years. Having said that, we all have to accept the situation and make sure we do the things that he would do. He’s such an inspirational guy.
Martin Hanzal missed our game in St. Louis the other night and because of that I got to wear an ‘A’ on my sweater for the first time in my NHL career. It was very strange seeing that letter on my jersey but it was an honor. It’s nice to know that the coaches think of me as one of the leaders of our team. It was fun.
I was happy to see our team claim Viktor Tikhonov off waivers last weekend. He and I go back to the NHL Draft in 2008 when the Coyotes picked both of us in the first round. We came to this team the same year and came up the same way, but we’ve taken two different paths the past few years and now they’re crossing again. I’m happy to have him back. I hope he can help us out and get us going in the right direction.
I am writing this two weeks and two days before Christmas, which is one of my favorite holidays. I like to give gifts and make other people happy. I’m not really that big on getting gifts because I don’t really need or want anything, but I’m definitely a giver and enjoy the spirit surrounding Christmas.
A reporter recently asked me if I have finished my Christmas shopping and I told him no, not yet. It’s not easy shopping for people who live across the Atlantic Ocean. But the Internet is good and I’m sure I’ll find a way. I’m about halfway there with a little work left do.
Thank you for reading and Happy Holidays!