I know the game is in progress but I am a bit behind yet again. The Jackets are wrapping up their series finale against the Arizona Coyotes tonight.
The Coyotes lost to the Jackets badly over the weekend. The score doesn't show it, but the other stats do. If your starting goalie is facing 60 shots in a game, the goalie is getting tired and the defense is weak. In Arizona's case, their defense is an extremely young one.
The Yotes made a lot of changes in the offseason. They fired Don Maloney. The Coyotes made a bold trade in trading Joe Vitale, a first round pick, and a second round pick for a first round pick (Jack Chychrun) and the contract of Pavel Datsyuk. Arizona also let guys walk in Kyle Chipchura, Boyd Gordon (PHI), and Klas Dahlbeck (CAR) go. They also bought out Antoine Vermette (ARI) go. They acquired Alex Goligoski from Dallas. They also acquired Lawson Crouse and Dave Bolland from Florida. The Coyotes also signed Radim Vrbata; Luke Schenn; Ryan White; Jamie McBain; and Jamie McGinn.
Lately, there have been plenty of Coyotes involved in trade rumors. Three pending UFAs in Martin Hanzal; Radim Vrbata; and Shane Doan have been discussed. Same with Antony Duclair. Which is the most surprising.
Tobias Reider--Martin Hanzal--Radim Vrbata
Max Domi--Christian Dvorak--Shane Doan
Brendan Perlini--Jordan Martinook--Jamie McGinn
Lawson Crouse--Tyler Gaudet--Ryan White
Oliver Ekman-Larsson--Connor Murphy
Alex Goligoski--Michael Stone
Jakob Chychrun--Luke Schenn
Scratched: Anthony Duclair, Kevin Connuaton
Injured: Dave Bolland, Brad Richardson
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad--Alex Wennberg--Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner--Brandon Dubinsky--Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell--William Karlsson--Josh Anderson
Matt Calvert--Lukas Sedlak--Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski--Seth Jones
Jack Johnson--David Savard
Ryan Murray--Markus Nutivarra
Scratched: Scott Harrington
Injured: Dalton Prout, David Clarkson
Enjoy the games tonight.
More to come...