It’s been a month since we took a look at the Arizona Coyotes and where they stood in NHL power rankings.
With the season heading down the home stretch, we figured it was time to take another look.
Where are the Coyotes, who have the second fewest points in the league (58), ranked now?
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Most recent power rankings have Arizona ranked No. 29 in the NHL, right where they are in points.
Even the team’s GM, John Chayka, told USA TODAY Sports’ Kevin Allen that his team was 29th.
“We are 29th and that’s how we grade ourselves in this business,” Chayka said.
“We did what we wanted in terms of integrating youth into our lineup,” Chayka added. “We wanted to get better and better and I think over the last 20 games we’ve been a real competitive team that can win any night. The younger guys took longer than we hoped, but not longer than we expected.
“When you consider that you may have some of these guys 10 or 15 years, if they take an extra 15 games to get going, then that is the price you pay. I see (this season) as an investment in time. Now we have to see if we get a return on our investment.”
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What they’re saying about the Coyotes now:
CBS Sports: Coyotes still No. 29
Cody Benjamin writes: “Here comes talk of the franchise’s future and its ideal location. Translation: The Coyotes are certainly not warranting our attention on the ice.”
J.J. Regan writes: “A strongly worded letter from Gary Bettman to the Arizona legislature has rekindled the tired debate over what to do with the Coyotes.”
ESPN.com: Coyotes still No. 29
Joe McDonald writes: “John Chayka’s first season as the youngest GM in NHL history is coming to a close and I’m sure he learned a lot that he will build on moving forward. He’s smart and savvy, and the Coyotes have a bright future. It would be a huge step forward for Arizona if it signs prospect Clayton Keller, 18, out of Boston University after the college hockey season is over.”
Mike Harrington writes: “Stinkier: War of words erupts again between Bettman and Glendale politicos.”
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