He put together a couple of decent starts?
Isn’t he the same guy who, once upon a time, had five shutouts in a row the last time there was a season, only to win four games the entire rest of the season?
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2: I think Phoenix got the short end of the trade with Scatchard, but Phoenix needed the scoring presence more than the extra dman. You have a gem in Tanabe there, and Dave just hasn’t panned out for the Yotes, only a handful of points.
3: Unfortunatly, no, I have not been able to see them live this season. Though I am a yotes fan, I live far far away from Phoenix, Upstate NY. I had been planning to go see them while they were in Montreal earlier this season, but it fell on my final exam day.]]>
I’m no insider to the team but I will give you my best observations.
1. O’Donnell. No, I have not heard anything about problems with O’Donnell. He is still getting plenty of PIMs, 102 to be exact (tied with Chara for 5th I beieve). In his defense, I lot of them have been smart penalties. As for the suspension it was a good move by O’Donnell and a questionable suspension. The suspension was for recieving his 3rd instigator this year. Chris Neil was in a corner trying to start something with Ricci. Neil was throwing soft “push” punches with gloves on trying to get Ricci to take the bate. O’Donnell came from accross the ice casually (did not come in flying or swinging) and offered to stand in in Ricci’s place and Neil agreed. They dropped them and the rest is history. Coyotes were upset and couldn’t figure out how it qualified as an instigator and appealled to the league. League said it was because of the amount of real estate cover in O’Donnell getting over to protect Ricci. It’s a shame that when you offer to step into an impending fight in order to protect a teammate it can be deemed instigator.
Also with O’Donnell, he did not start the season well and was in the dog house early. Him and his “not so fleet of foot” speed caused him problems in the new NHL. It was looking like he would become a regular as a healthy scratch. Fortunately for O’Donnell Gauthier got hurt and we needed him. Sean responded fantastic and learned how to adapt tot the new game. He does great by doing all of the small things right and has become an important part of the team.
All signs that I have seen have pointed to the Yotes being very pleased with what he has done here.
2. Tanabe. I miss him. He was one of my favorites here. Does his skating not remind you of Paul Coffee? Unfortunately with the stand out play of two rookie dmen, Ballard and Michalek, the Yotes found themselves with a surplus of Dmen. First Hulse was shipped to Columbus and then Tanabe to Boston. SO in that sense he is not to missed (until the recent injury to Morris) as we had enough competent dmen.
Scatchard has been fun to watch when he plays hard. Some games he has been non existant and he has been injured for a number of games as well. I have heard he is good in the locker room. Still he shows like he could be a big part of this team if he could stay healthy and play with a little more passion.
Glad to hear Tanabe is doing well – like I said he was one of my favorites here.
3. Been to about 12 games this season and watched all other but one on TV. Crowds seem to be doing very well. On weekends the new arena fills up great and will even sell out once in a while (a rarity in the past). On weekdays it is still quite weak, but better then it had been in years past. All in all, I think management has to be pleased with the attendance.
Phoenix has such fair whether fans for all their sports that if the Coyotes were to start coming on strong I think you would see some great numbers there, even during the week.
Thanks for having interest in our team.]]>