Phoenix Coyotes: A Look at Their Depth Chart for 2013 NHL Season

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Phoenix Coyotes: A Look at Their Depth Chart for 2013 NHL Season
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Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney and head coach Dave Tippett will have some tough decisions to make in regards to their roster this season.

As the ink begins to dry on the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement and the two sides can go home after their prolonged battle, NHL teams have a very short period of time to gauge their rosters as the new season approaches at the speed of light.

Luckily for the Phoenix Coyotes, there has not been a ton of turnover from the team that reached the Western Conference Finals last season. This consistency and continuity is reflected at all positions and on the coaching staff.

The loss of Ray Whitney will be problematic at first for the Coyotes, but the addition of Steve Sullivan and David Moss are expected to offset the reduction in points that were eliminated when the veteran winger left for Dallas.

The re-acquisition of Zybnek Michalek solidifies a defense that should be the strong point of head coach Dave Tippett's squad.

The goaltending situation will be the same as it was last season, with Mike Smith at the controls with Jason LaBarbera deputizing when needed.

The coaching staff is also the same, with veteran assistant coaches Jim Playfair and John Anderson returning behind the bench alongside head coach Dave Tippett. Former Coyotes goaltender Sean Burke returns as goaltending coach and Dave King will be the development coach.

This approach reflects the front office's trust in a group that led the franchise to its best ever finish last season. The tone is optimistic and the players are excited to get back to work as the NHL season will begin in mid-January.

This article will examine every aspect of the on ice product that the Coyotes will display this season. It will also provide my predictions for how the Coyotes will finish this season.

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