Information, observations and anecdotes about the Coyotes
as told by Dave Vest, the team's V.P. of News Content
The Dallas Stars are making their first appearance at Jobing.com Arena this season on Saturday night, and NHL bad boy Sean Avery is along for the ride. The Stars, of course, signed Avery as a free agent in the off-season.
Fans either love the way Avery plays or hate it. One thing is certain, many of the Coyotes players aren’t Avery fans.
I recently made the rounds in the Coyotes’ dressing room and asked some of the players if they’d be willing to talk about playing against Avery and all of his antics.
I hear he says some pretty funny stuff. I don’t take it too seriously but some guys do. - Daniel Carcillo
“Nope,” defenseman Derek Morris
, who I believe will someday make a great TV or radio analyst, told me politely with no elaboration.
Captain Shane Doan
also passed on discussing Avery.
“He’s another one of their players” was all Doan would say about Avery on the record.
The Stars have limped to a 5-8-3 record despite the arrival of Avery, who is earning $3.8 million this season.
Coyotes forward Daniel Carcillo, who many observers compare to Avery, will be back in the lineup for the matchup against Dallas. So, what can we expect to see if those two are on the ice together?
“I’ve never played against him and I don’t really know the guy,” Carcillo said. “I hear he says some pretty funny stuff. I don’t take it too seriously but some guys do."
Asked if he expects to fight Avery, Carcillo said maybe.
“I don’t know, we’ll see what happens. If he wants to fight, sure. If not, it’s not a big deal.”
I’m told Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle
received about 4,000 write-in votes for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game on the first day of voting earlier this week.
When I asked Yandle for an explanation, he laughed and said he was clueless.
“I don’t know where it’s coming from,” Yandle said. “Maybe there’s a computer hacker out there somewhere who likes me. I’m not sure.”
I then asked Yandle if perhaps his family members were secretly voting for him over and over again on-line.
His response: “No one in my family knows how to use computers that well.”
I spoke to Head Coach Wayne Gretzky on Friday about the Minnesota Wild’s power-play attack on Thursday night. Several times with the man advantage, the Wild, who scored four power-play goals, spread their point men nearly to the boards. He said he hadn’t seen any attack like that since Mario Lemieux’s days with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“That was one of their trademarks with (Larry) Murphy back on the point,” Gretzky recalled. “That was the first time I ever saw it and then last night I saw it again. We just got a little bit impatient with it. If they’re going to play that far out, just be patient and they’ve eventually got to come to you. It’s like a soccer field and the ball is being played way out by the sideline. Eventually they’ve got to get it to the net.”
The Wild reportedly decided to try the unique approach just minutes before the game against the Coyotes despite never having practiced it. Go figure.
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