John Chayka believes the narrative about the Arizona Coyotes and hockey in the desert is changing, with the acquisition of Taylor Hall on Monday serving as the latest indication of the push to win.
Chayka, the Coyotes general manager, joined co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke on this week's episode of NHL @TheRink to discuss acquiring Hall in a trade with the New Jersey Devils and the impact the 29-year-old forward will have on the team and the market.
"Together with our coaching staff we've kind of built things up here piece by piece and tried to build a culture and tried to build a way of doing things," Chayka said. "Now we're getting some guys, we've got [Phil] Kessel and we've got Hall, some guys that can come in and break a game open for us. At one point we were a team that was just trying to survive, find our way through the desert out here. The fan base continues to grow. Hockey is alive and well in the desert. To get a player like Taylor Hall we thought was just an incredible opportunity to kind of reward our fans, give them an opportunity to see one of the top players in the League night in and night out and get excited about coming to the rink and hopefully have a long run here."
In addition, NHL.com staff writer Mike Morreale joined the podcast to discuss the Hall trade from the Devils perspective and look ahead to what could be the next move for general manager Ray Shero.
Morreale also talked about the upcoming 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, giving thoughts on the chances for the United States and Canada to medal. Morrreale reported earlier this week from USA Hockey's selection camp in Plymouth, Michigan.
Rosen and Roarke offered their thoughts on the Hall to the Coyotes trade, what the rest of the trade market looks in its aftermath and Ilya Kovalchuk's future in the NHL, if he has one, after being put on waivers by the Los ASngeles Kings.
Other topics covered included the recent benching of forward Nikita Kucherov, the Hart Trophy winner last season, during the third period and all of overtime in a 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, the surging Nashville and Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov's latest highlight-reel goal.
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