Information, observations and anecdotes about the Coyotes
as told by Dave Vest, the team's V.P. of News Content
It's Sunday morning and Coyotes captain Shane Doan
, as always, has agreed to a quick interview. Doan and his teammates have just come off the ice at Jobing.com Arena after a practice that was scheduled only as a direct result of their performance in a 2-0 loss to Nashville on home ice the night before.
With 13 games to go, I asked Doan to describe the team's mind-set and to see what message he'd like to deliver to Coyotes fans on the group's behalf.
"We're going to be better," Doan replied, before I even finished asking the question. "We are because we've got so much talent. We'll figure this out. The next 13 games will be better. I guarantee it."
A big key to turning things around, Doan said, is for every player to earn their spot in the lineup everyday. There should be no sense of entitlement in the room.
"There has to be a competition amongst the group to see who's going to show that they want it," Doan said. "If you want it, you have to go get it. That's the biggest thing...We have skill, we just have to make sure that we want it enough. And that's every single guy, myself included. There has to be a willingness to do whatever it takes and you have to be scared of losing."
Guarantees are dangerous in pro sports. They often backfire. Doan knows this very well. That's why I believe him.
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