Hopefully this is the first in a series of new posts on CTP Hockey about memorable or epic away days following the sport we love. This post is about my very first trip to Arizona to see my beloved Coyotes. Having watched the Coyotes from across the Atlantic since their arrival in Phoenix, it has been a long long wait to see the Coyotes play in person. Like most NHL fans, when the schedule is announced, you look for homestands to make a trip worthwhile.
The new NHL season is off and running and, with around 11-12 games gone, while it is still too early for proper trends to be forming, there is enough sample size to get an idea.
In a move that has become somewhat of a hallmark for the Chayka era Coyotes the team from Arizona used one of their unique abilities in this salary cap era to make a deal using their cap space, while not actually increasing their salary too much.
The Arizona Coyotes have been under the hockey microscope for all the wrong reasons for a long time, who can forget the failed ownership groups, being run by the league for a number of years and, the fallouts with the City of Glendale. Recent events in the desert have shown things are beginning to turn around, the past few season off the ice have seen a new ownership group provide stability, on the ice, after a change in Coach, GM and the release of the old guard, after a poor season and a half, the Coyotes are on the upward curve.