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The recent beat down at the hands of the San Jose Sharks should give you an indication of how life will be for the Phoenix Coyotes now that Ilya Bryzgalov has landed in Philadelphia.
The notion has been that the team was able to play way over their heads over the last few seasons because of herculean efforts by Bryzgalov in net. And that notion is spot on. Mike Smith is a huge check down in terms of talent and game-stealing ability.
His first starts already raise questions about his ability to be a starting netminder in the NHL.
Waiting in the wings for a shot at playing time in the crease in Jason LaBarbera.
Things could get ugly in the desert.
Shane Doan is still there. And he'll still leave his heart and soul out on the ice every night.
There are some good young pieces up front that give the Coyotes reason to hope for a brighter future. If Kyle Turris snaps out of his delusional state and realizes that he isn't Matt Duchene, and that demanding over $4 million a year from a cash strapped team after several sub-par seasons isn't a good career move he could eventually be a good player.
Mikkel Boedker is primed for a breakout season, as is Lauri Korpikoski.
And Keith Yandle heads up a group of solid blueliners.
But the issues in net will cost the Coyotes too many points down the stretch.