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James Tanner's Archive

It's Been Six Years, but Don't Tell That to the NHL Media

May 4, 2019 - 10:36 AM ET

Need to get some traffic to your website, podcast or television show? How about you drum up some interest in the possibility of your market's top players being poached by another team via the dreaded offer sheet? It happens all the time. Living in a certain major NHL metropolis, I am im...

PLUS/MINUS: Round Two Playoffs and Hart Trophy Edition

May 5, 2019 - 11:33 AM ET

PLUS: The new Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride. A double album and a masterpiece. Is it the best record since 2001's KID A? Yeah, maybe. It's really good. The most anticipated record of my life, and it has lived up the hype. I don't know, maybe LCD or Arcade Fire have made a record t...

Weird Hockey Strategy Vol. 1

May 8, 2019 - 9:40 PM ET

The NHL season is over except for some dumb teams no one cares about, and the Carolina Hurricanes. There hasn't been any Coyotes news in at least 5200 puncts, and I've been reading a very interesting book about hockey tactics called Tape to Space: Redefining Modern Hockey Tactics by Ryan Sti...

NHL Officiating No Worse Than Usual

May 11, 2019 - 1:09 PM ET

The NHL is having a crisis of officiating. Every night there is a stupid play or call that gets people talking. If you've spent any time on NHL Twitter, you probably think that the NHL replaced it's referees with random dudes about a month ago. That isn't the case. The NHL refereeing...

Coyotes Goal Problems Worse Than We Thought

May 12, 2019 - 5:48 PM ET

The leading point scorer on the Coyotes this season was Clayton Keller with 47 points. That's a pretty lousy total, and I even had to double check it was right because, by far, the number-one question people ask me about the Coyotes is "What's wrong with Clayton Keller?" and do I think he'll b...

Coyotes Almost Have to Trade First Round Pick

May 14, 2019 - 5:05 PM ET

The Coyotes have the 14th overall pick in this years draft. They also have most of the rest of their draft picks (missing a fifth, but they have two sixths). Unfortunately for the Coyotes, even if they were lucky enough to hit on a franchise level player at that draft spot, it is unlikely tha...

Coyotes Top Prospects: Barrett Hayton

May 15, 2019 - 4:25 PM ET

With last year's first round pick, the Coyotes selected Barrett Hayton fifth overall. With every player ahead of him playing significant minutes right out of the draft - Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Brady Tkachuk - Hayton is the next on the list to make his NHL debu...

Hand Passes Should Be Legal Anyways

May 16, 2019 - 12:41 PM ET

The Blue lose, and everyone is once again complaining about the refs. It's a big game and it's an unfortunate result for the Blues, but referees are human and they make mistakes. The idea that every call should be 100% correct is more of a problem than bad refereeing, because it's an unrealist...

Would You Rather? Coyotes Version

May 18, 2019 - 1:47 PM ET

So there is nothing really going on, and it's the long weekend (at least here), so I thought I'd take time to just ask a question. The Coyotes finished four points behind the Avalanche for the final playoff spot. They went an entire four game road trip near the end of the season scoring a t...

The Coyotes Restricted Free-Agents Part 1

May 21, 2019 - 8:12 PM ET

The Coyotes don't have any major free-agents to sign. Usually the top priority of an NHL team in the off season is to sign their free-agents. For the Coyotes, that's not really an issue. Their RFA list is: Illya Lyubushkin Josh Archibald, Nick Cousins and Lawson Crouse. None of these gu...

Coyotes to Get New Owners (This Is a Recording)

May 22, 2019 - 7:42 PM ET

Like John Black getting back with Doc, the summer finds the Arizona Coyotes predictably awash in ownership speculation. NHL source confirms there will be an ownership change in Arizona, with the Coyotes. Andrew Barroway will have a minority position.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) May 22, 2019...