Coyotes Still Seeking Changes
During Saturday’s tilt against the Kings, Coyotes GM Mike Barnett went on local TV during the 1st intermission and declared that Ed Jovonoski will not be traded for any reason. Barnett also stated that he and Gretz both gave Jovo their personal word that he wasn’t being shopped.
During the post-game, Gretz stated that anyone expecting “big changes” via trade this year would be disappointed, as “players we want to trade no one wants, players we want no one wants to trade”. Gretz specifically mentioned young D-men Michalek and Ballard as two players that would not be moved. F Mike Comrie has been shopped by the Coyotes for several years with no takers.
Today the AZ Republic reported that in spite of the proclamations over the weekend, a trade between the Coyotes and another unknown team is imminent. Reportedly the trade would be for a potential starting goalie to push CuJo, and the trade could be completed even before tomorrow night’s game against the Devils. Shane Doan should be back from injury in a week or so – and the feeling is that he could be traded and rumors are rampant that he won’t re-sign in Phoenix as an UFA this off-season.