Monday, September 10, 2007
Next up is Tracy from [True Coyote Love ]
2006-07: (31-46-5) 67pt
Playoffs: Just watching
RW Shane Doan- D Derek Morris
(27G-28A- 55P) - (6G-19A-25P-18 trade rumors)
What is there to be excited about this season in Coyotes hockey? I could name a million things but that could very well be my insane-fan mind so I'll stick to the big stuff.
There are plenty of negative comments out there on the inter-web for you to find concerning our whole 'youth movement', I'm here to shine a little light on the more positive side of the Coyotes. After all, we're (hopefully) gearing up to ice some true talent and if you write us off right now, you'll miss our good times. That would be bad.
The fact of the matter is that we're definitely not going to be the Ducks this year, but honestly, who expects us to be? We're in rebuild mode. We're not just simply rebuilding, we're building from within… you know what that means? Let me clue you in if you don't; it means that all our babies (aka farm kids and the recently drafted) are going to be sticking around and (hopefully) joining the team in the not-so-distant future and that means, my children, that we don't want to sign players that are going to cost us dollars and precious roster slots. We're biding our time so that when our babies are ready, there's a spot for them. See the logic? Yeah, most non-Coyote fans don't either.
As fans, we want to see our boys win, it's only natural. We've done the band-aid thing. You know, the one where you throw money at the problem and hope it goes away? That didn't quite work out for us. We ended up exactly where we were and broke. We're doing things a little different this time around.
Let's be completely honest, the Yotes haven't been winning lately. Not only have they not been winning, they've sometimes been a complete disaster to watch. Half the time they don't have the fire, the other half they just can't seem to put it together. That's frustrating. I truly believe, though, that we're going in the right direction. We're using young guys that can only improve with every game they play; if nothing else, they'll be exciting to watch. They're going to learn from day one how to work with each other, we won't have a bunch of veterans coming in from different teams thinking that they alone know how the team should play. NONE of them will know and so every game will be a learning experience for them and for us as fans. They're going to teach us patience.
Yes, it may take a few years to be truly competitive as a team. Does that bother me? Not in the least. When we start winning, I can be one of the few fans who can sit back and know, with certainty, that I stuck by my team when they needed me most. Yes I want my team to win. Of course I want to see the cup raised in Phoenix and yes, I want that feeling that other fans have; the one where you know, without a doubt, that your team is the best. Do I think that will happen this year? Not really. I can't completely rule it out considering the season hasn't started yet but I won't be placing any bets on it either.
We have a long road ahead of us, I'm sure there will be days when I ask myself why I'm a Coyotes fan but the answer will always be the same. This is my team. Regardless of how exasperated I get with them, they're mine and I will cheer for them night after night, no matter how many weird looks it gets me.
Keeping all that in mind, why do I think that outsiders should be excited about Coyotes hockey? Because we're doing something new (to us at least)… We might crash and burn and that will give you yet another reason to poke fun at us (as if any of you really needed another reason) but we might just surprise you and end up well above anyone's expectations. The majority of our players are on one year deals and they'll all have to play their best to ensure a spot here (or anywhere else) next year. It's going to be an exciting season, win or lose.
The Coyotes have a lot to do to get better. Lead by the "Great One" they haven't really done much in the past few years.
As Tracy pointed out, it is still a rebuilding process, and most of the players won't be there past this campaign.
Being that the west is stacked, it is going to take a superior effort for the Coyotes to even be .500.
But you never know, there is some excitement growing this year.
But it won't be enough.
14 place looks like home for the Coyotes.
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