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The change from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Arizona Coyotes was not the only offseason change for the desert team. The team name was also not the only name change, considering the arena was renamed to the Gila River Arena, after a 10 year run as Arena. Could this be the fresh start they need?

New faces, young and old, were acquired in the offseason to help accomplish the ultimate goal for the Coyotes. New Rookies such as Brendan Perlini could be just the rookie spirit that the changing team needs. Acquiring veterans like Sam Gagner and Joe Vitale gives the team depth and experience that any line can benefit from. Backup goalie Devan Dubnyk gives the teams’ Olympic goaltender a quality second man, possibly allowing for a break when needed. With the loss of many key players such as Radim Vrbata and Mike Ribeiro, the team has a lot of questionable spots to make up for.

These additions in cahoots with the players who have stayed put, like captain Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal gives you the physicality you need and offensive effectiveness coming from the blue line. Defensively, the Coyotes are contenders for some of the best in their division. With key pieces Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, their defense excels. The last year, though, had a lacking defense. They allowed way too many goals, and left the goaltender to fend for himself. They left him exposed, causing the teams’ unfortunate demise, and the team getting knocked out of the wild card slot by a mere two points in the 2013-14 season.

So many factors go into the effectiveness of a team. Every year, a new team wins the Cup. Each year is a fresh new start for teams all around the league. Could the offseason changes for the Arizona Coyotes be what they need to be a round 4 playoff contender this season?


Sports and fashion are Allison's true passions. She grew up in the household of a professional athlete, and a family blessed with true athletic talent. She, on the other hand, must have been absent on the day that sport skills were passed out! Although, she does possess a zeal that most girls do not have for sports of all kinds, hockey has consumed her life in the most unexplainable way. Sports are such an integral part of who she is, and she is on journey of becoming a part of a professional sports organization. Growing up minutes from the Las Vegas Strip didn't leave Allison with many options for being a sports fan.Spending the majority of her summers on the East Coast, Allison became a fan of all things Boston, and her heart will always have a special place for the city (especially the Bruins). Allison currently is an employee of the Arizona Coyotes and falls more in love with the game each and every day. You can follow Allison on Twitter: @Alli_Galllagher and you can contact her by Email:


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