Coyotes’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson injured in preseason loss | 1:06
Coach Rick Tocchet, center Derek Stepan and forward Nick Cousins discuss Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s lower-body injury after a preseason loss to the Sharks on Saturday.
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Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue debuts new mask | 0:58
Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue explains the design behind his new mask.
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Paul Bissonnette discusses new role with Coyotes | 4:50
azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach talks to former Coyotes player and new Coyotes radio analyst Paul Bissonnette in a special edition of our Shot Clock video.
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Defenseman Jason Demers settling in with Coyotes | 0:39
Defenseman Jason Demers practiced with the Coyotes for the first time Wednesday since getting traded to the team Sunday.
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Coyotes acquire Jason Demers in trade with Panthers | 1:27
Coyotes General Manager John Ckayka and coach Rick Tocchet discuss the trade for defenseman Jason Demers from the Panthers in exchange for winger Jamie McGinn.
Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Stepan on coming to Arizona with new staff, young players | 1:10
Coyotes center Derek Stepan discusses coming to the Coyotes with a new staff and young players on Thursday in Glendale.
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Derek Stepan on ‘superstar’ Ekman-Larsson | 1:06
Coyotes center Derek Stepan calls his new teammate Oliver Ekman-Larsson a “superstar” on Thursday in Glendale.
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Coyotes coach Tocchet on his message to team ahead of camp | 1:54
Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet holds a new conference at media day in Glendale, Ariz.
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Chayka discusses new staff and players at media day | 1:25
Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka discusses their new staff and players at media day in Glendale, Ariz.
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Sarah McLellan interviews new Arizona Coyotes forward Derek Stepan | 1:55
azcentral sports Coyotes insider Sarah McLellan talks with new forward Derek Stepan.
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Coyotes open rookie camp | 1:29
The Coyotes opened rookie camp Thursday at Gila River Arena.
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Shane Doan retires | 0:46
Arizona Coyotes star Shane Doan announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday.
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Moore, McLellan on the Coyotes entering a ‘new era’ | 1:35
azcentral sports columnist Greg Moore and Sarah McLellan on the Coyotes’ changes on and off the ice.
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Greg Moore on the Coyotes’ changes | 1:33
azcentral sports columnist Greg Moore on the Coyotes’ plan to better engage with Arizona fans.
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Coyotes introduce new coach, president | 42:44
The Arizona Coyotes introduced new coach Rick Tocchet and president Steve Patterson at a news conference in Glendale on July 13, 2017.
Thomas Hawthorne/ azcentral sports
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Shot Clock: Tocchet a good fit for Coyotes? | 1:57
azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Sarah McLellan discuss the Coyotes’ coaching situation and the Diamondbacks in our Shot Clock video.
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Dylan Strome works out at Coyotes Development Camp | 0:48
Forward Dylan Strome is a top prospect for the Coyotes. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Mike Smith rips Coyotes; Cards’ RB ranked | 2:02
azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley, discuss former Coyotes goalie Mike Smith’s comments about the team and the NFL Top 100 rankings.
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Coyotes begin prospect development camp | 0:50
The Coyotes’ prospects are skating this week in the Valley as part of the team’s annual development camp.
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Coyotes part ways with coach Dave Tippett | 0:50
Arizona Coyotes part ways with coach Dave Tippett.
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Shot Clock: What does Doan’s dismissal mean? | 1:55
azcentral sports’ Dan Bickley and Sarah McLellan discuss the aftershock of the Coyotes’ decision to part ways with Shane Doan.
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Coyotes part ways with Shane Doan | 0:38
Coyotes captain Shane Doan will not return to the team.
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Coyotes trade starting goalie Mike Smith to Flames | 0:58
Mike Smith leaves Arizona as a record-holding goaltender.
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Which Arizona Coyotes player could be taken by the Vegas Golden Knights? | 1:06
The Coyotes are set to lose one player to Vegas in the NHL expansion draft.
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Coyotes’ Clayton Keller on his first year in the NHL | 1:59
Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller talks with Coyotes insider Sarah McLellan about his first year in the NHL as the team cleans out its lockers following the end of the season on Monday. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Coyotes rookie Christian Dvorak on ‘year of ups and downs’ | 1:40
Coyotes rookie center Christian Dvorak talks with Coyotes insider Sarah McLellan about his ups and downs throughout his first NHL season on Monday. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Coyotes’ Jakob Chychrun sums up rookie season | 2:17
Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun discusses his rookie season with Coyotes insider Sarah McLellan at Gila River Arena on Monday. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Shane Doan at Coyotes’ season-ending press conference | 1:54
Arizona Coyotes’ Shane Doan discusses the uncertainty that surrounds his future at a season-ending press conference on Monday at Gila River Arena. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Coyotes’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson injured in preseason loss
Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue debuts new mask
Paul Bissonnette discusses new role with Coyotes
Defenseman Jason Demers settling in with Coyotes
Coyotes acquire Jason Demers in trade with Panthers
Stepan on coming to Arizona with new staff, young players
Derek Stepan on ‘superstar’ Ekman-Larsson
Coyotes coach Tocchet on his message to team ahead of camp
Chayka discusses new staff and players at media day
Sarah McLellan interviews new Arizona Coyotes forward Derek Stepan
Coyotes open rookie camp
Shane Doan retires
Moore, McLellan on the Coyotes entering a ‘new era’
Greg Moore on the Coyotes’ changes
Coyotes introduce new coach, president
Shot Clock: Tocchet a good fit for Coyotes?
Dylan Strome works out at Coyotes Development Camp
Mike Smith rips Coyotes; Cards’ RB ranked
Coyotes begin prospect development camp
Coyotes part ways with coach Dave Tippett
Shot Clock: What does Doan’s dismissal mean?
Coyotes part ways with Shane Doan
Coyotes trade starting goalie Mike Smith to Flames
Which Arizona Coyotes player could be taken by the Vegas Golden Knights?
Coyotes’ Clayton Keller on his first year in the NHL
Coyotes rookie Christian Dvorak on ‘year of ups and downs’
Coyotes’ Jakob Chychrun sums up rookie season
Shane Doan at Coyotes’ season-ending press conference
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet hasn’t been evaluating players during training camp only for the sake of filling out the team’s roster.
He’s also been surveying the candidates for Arizona’s leadership group.
The Coyotes have yet to announce a captain and alternate captains for this season, as Tocchet continues to mull his options.
While the organization has had a captain or co-captains for at least a portion of every season since its inception, it is possible the Coyotes would go with all alternates instead of a captain in 2017-18 – a blueprint followed by other up-and-coming clubs such as the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes in recent years.
Regardless, a solid team of leaders is what Tocchet seeks and he has a handful of players who would seem to make compelling cases to be included in that crew.
Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson
An alternate since 2015, Ekman-Larsson has, for years, appeared primed to become the Coyotes’ next captain.
He has the star power as the team’s best player and has embraced the spotlight, both in the community and with the media.
Ekman-Larsson also learned from former captain Shane Doan. Earlier this summer, a source said Ekman-Larsson would be named Doan’s replacement. Although that was before Tocchet was appointed coach, Ekman-Larsson still seems like a frontrunner.
It may mean nothing, but Ekman-Larsson has taken up residence in Doan’s old locker stall in the heart of the Coyotes’ dressing room.
Defenseman Alex Goligoski
Goligoski was an alternate captain at the end of last season and is positioned to be a core cog for years to come since he’s signed through 2020-21.
He also wore a letter with the Stars and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009, prior experiences that can no doubt help him be a role model.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson
As a three-time Stanley Cup champion, Hjalmarsson certainly has the pedigree to merit consideration.
Before he was traded to the Coyotes in June, he spent his entire career with the Blackhawks – playing in a culture that has become synonymous with winning.
His style of play as a steady, shot-blocking defender also elicits respect.
Center Brad Richardson
Amid this summer’s turnover, Richardson has emerged as the longest-tenured Coyotes player who isn’t in his 20s.
He’s logged more than 600 NHL games and is also a Stanley Cup champion (with the Kings in 2012). Combine his easygoing personality with the critical position he plays up the middle, and Richardson appears to be someone who can easily command an audience.
Center Derek Stepan
Like Hjalmarsson, Stepan is a newcomer, arriving from the Rangers in an offseason trade, but he hasn’t acted like one.
He’s been very vocal on the ice and has brought a lighthearted feel off it.
A 50-point producer in the past, Stepan is also well aware of what it takes to have success in the NHL as he’s made the playoffs each season of his career. He’ll be tasked with setting the tone in games as the Coyotes’ No. 1 center, but he also has the opportunity to help the team’s youngsters establish themselves as mainstays in the league, too.
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