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Jamison has until Friday to close his deal or Doan has said he is going to take his talents elsewhere
New owner, goal scoring
First things first. Former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison must close his deal with the City of Glendale ASAP.
He has until Friday, Sept. 15th to do so or his Captain Shane Doan walks and signs with another team.
If the Coyotes lose Doan, it will be extremely difficult for them to make the playoffs. They will have lost their top two scorers (Doan, Ray Whitney) from last season and replaced them with an aging Steve Sullivan and an injury prone David Moss.
Jamison needs to close the deal so they can inject some capital into this team and either buy some offense or trade for some offense. They have a glutton of talent on the blue line and could package a number of their young defensemen for a scorer. Whomever misses the opening day roster from a group including Michael Stone, David Schlemko, Chris Summers, David Rundblad and Brandon Gormley, better have a bag ready as one or more of the aforementioned could be departing Phoenix.
Keith Yandle has been mentioned more than once in trade rumors, but I can't see the franchise letting go of the all-star blueliner.
Dave Tippett is an absolute genius with what he has been able to accomplish with his defensive system, but you feel that his magic will only last so long. If they don't acquire more scoring, I think they will miss the playoffs as Mike Smith can't possibly play better than he did last season.