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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.  

"We're going to fast track it a little bit, but we'll be fine," Tocchet said. "We have plenty of time. We're not going to over-coach, especially with the young kids. I don't want to overload these guys."

Tocchet, whom Arizona hired on July 11, has reached out to Coyotes players via phone calls and texts to touch base with them about the upcoming season. From rookies to veterans, he's stressing improvement. 

"There's a partnership in today's game with the player," Tocchet said. "Obviously, I'm not going to be out partying with the players, but there's got to be a relationship with the player, and you'll get respect back if you give them respect."

• After the coaching symposium, Tocchet will return to the East Coast for his "Day with the Stanley Cup" at the Jersey Shore on Aug. 27. Tocchet, of course, served as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.

• Tocchet said prospect Dylan Strome needs to stay true to his crafty style of play if he wants to make the team this season.

"I don't' want him to come in and think we're going to stick him on the checking line and play three minutes a game," Tocchet said. "If he's going to make our team, we've got to play him and let him be creative with the puck … I want him to be able to hang on the puck and make plays. I don't want him to all of sudden try to be a checker or a guy who just keeps dumping the puck in because he's nervous or whatever. I want him to make plays."

• Tocchet said he's not sure when defenseman Jakob Chychrun will be back on the ice, but he's confident it will be in 2017-18.

Chychrun suffered a knee injury while training last week and then had successful surgery. He'll be sidelined indefinitely. 

"He's just a beast," Tocchet said. "If this happened to somebody else, you might have a guy who's out for the year. I don't know the timeframe (for his recovery), but it's not for the year. It's something that he's going to bounce back (from). He's an animal. It's almost like we've got to crank this kid down a little bit."

• The Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights game on Oct. 10 will be televised nationally by NBC Sports Network. Arizona's complete TV schedule will be announced later this summer.

• Goalie Antti Raanta unveiled his new Coyotes mask via social media on Thursday.

Designed by Swedish artist David Gunnarsson, the mask features a cartoon dog driving a locomotive in a desert setting.

RELATED CONTENT: Raanta Unveils New Mask

• Forward Max Domi has raised nearly $70,000 for diabetes awareness in less than a month by shaving his beard. Domi's father, Tie, helped his son shave the lenghty beard, which he wore for most of last season as part of a contest with teammates. 

Visit Domi's GoFundMe page for more information.

• Coyotes rookies will play three games vs. San Jose, Anaheim and Colorado in a rookie tournament hosted by the Sharks from Sept. 9-12.

All three games will be live streamed at

Saturday, Sept. 9
Arizona vs. Anaheim - 7 p.m. (Solar 4 America Ice at San Jose)

Monday, Sept. 11
Colorado vs. Arizona - 7 p.m. (Solar 4 America Ice at San Jose)

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Arizona vs. San Jose - 3 p.m. (Solar 4 America Ice at San Jose) 

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