If you're a Winnipegger you're probably not a huge fan of the Phoenix Coyotes, in fact, you may even hate them! If this team is going to become the Jets, we'd better take a liking to 'em.
They're really not that bad. They're 2nd in the super super close pacific division. They're doing this this well with not too many big name players. As a Rangers fan, I know Rozsival all too well and was glad to get rid of him. He's their second highest paid player! Korpikoski played a year with the Rangers, and was pretty good, I'm glad to see him doing well, he will finish the year with more than twice the points he has had previously.
The biggest names on the Coyotes are Bryzgalov, Yandle, and Doan.
This Russian has played in Glendale for 4 years and seems to play 3/4 to 7/8 of the games. He doesn't rank too highly in either GAA or SV% but he's had 5 shutouts this year. Unfortunately he is an UFA at the end of the year. Would be great to sign a deal.
Yandle is only 24, and is tied with Lidstrom for most points for a defencemen. He is playing for only 1.3 million and is a RFA. At the end of the year the Jets/Coyotes would be silly not to resign the guy. Probably should get somewhere between 5.2/yr (Byfuglien) and 3.3/yr (Girardi) if he keeps his play up. I would love to see this guy skate at MTS.
Shane Doan is one of the last remaining players who has actually played for the Jets (Doan, Selanne, Draper, Khabibulin). His contract is up at the end of 2012, but it is speculated that he'll retire.
For the most part, the Coyotes don't have too many players signed for very long. If they move to Winnipeg, it might be a team with a very different look.
Either way, it looks like this team might finish off the year very well, and since they're in no position to receive a lottery pick I'm most definitely cheering for them. I'll try to keep an update on the Coyotes on ice as well as off the ice.
I sure hope this team comes to Winnipeg.