After finishing the month of October with a record of 9-4, the Coyotes have gone 1-3 in the month of November. Granted, we’ve just concluded the first week in November, but is it time to address the howling cries of the Phoenix Coyotes?
The Coyotes have become the latest victim of the injury bug causing Assistant Captains Ed Jovanovski and Zbynek Michalek to miss ice time. Jovanovski left Thursday's game against Chicago in the third period with a lower-body injury. Jovanovski did not play against Anaheim on Saturday as the Coyotes lost 4-3.
There is a good sign of relief as Jovanovski is listed as questionable for Thursday's match up against Montreal. As for Michalek, he is expected to be out until perhaps the middle of November as he has been placed on injured reserve (IR).
With Jovanovski and Michalek out of the lineup, the Coyotes have called up Shaun Heshka from San Antonio to try and replaced their wounded defense. With the loss of Jovanovski and Michalek it only makes things worse for Ilya Bryzgalov who has carried this team all season. Without Bryzgalov in the lineup, they are a bunch of non-scoring hockey players. However, with Bryzgalov in the lineup the Coyotes have a chance to win.
The biggest obstacle that the Coyotes have faced this season is the lack of scoring. Besides Shane Doan, the Coyotes do not have a real threat on the ice when it comes to putting the puck in the net. We hear about all these can’t miss prospects down in San Antonio but as soon as they get the call up to Phoenix they struggle just like the rest of the Coyotes.
One of the hottest prospects in San Antonio is Mikkel Boedker. The 19-year-old has appeared in six games with the Coyotes this season. Boedker has been back and forth with the Coyote organization this season. After finishing ninth on the Coyotes in scoring his rookie season the 19-year-old has since bounced back and forth between Phoenix and San Antonio.
If the Coyotes want to contend in the Pacific Division they will need to address the scoring issue. One player that the Coyotes could use as trade bait is Peter Mueller.
The Coyotes have a history of trading players to the New York Rangers. The most recent Coyotes and Rangers trade happened back in July when the Coyotes sent Enver Lislin to New York in exchange for Lauri Korpikoski. Perhaps the Coyotes could give New York another call and talk about sending Mueller to the Rangers in exchange for someone like Ryan Callahan or Brandon Dubinski?
One player will not change the team. However, if the Coyotes were to acquire the talent of either Callahan or Dubinski they would add a scoring threat to the team, a threat that they desperately need. However, is it too early to discuss trading Mueller?
Then again when was the last time you heard about the Coyotes being in the playoff hunt?