Whenever hockey is brought up nationally, the one topic that comes up is fighting. Is there a need for fighting in hockey? Should these “goons” be paid just to drop the gloves? I for one think that hockey is necessary for the sport to have its true value. This brings me to the Coyotes loveable fighter, Paul Bissonnette. Bissonnette has been a great teammate, and 4th line player for his Coyotes career. But the time may be coming where Bissonnette is not needed.
The Coyotes have gotten off to a nice pace to start the season. The one thing that is always concerning with this team is the scoring. Bissonnette does not help in this department at all. The team is obviously trying to fill a void left by the departures of several skilled players in the past, and the current hold out of Kyle Turris. While the team continued to struggle with offense this season, Bissonnette became a consistent healthy scratch. Recently Andy Miele was called up to boost the offense, and showed a strong performance in his first NHL action. As fast as he came to the NHL, Miele was back to the AHL faster. Miele will get plenty of ice time playing for the Portland Pirates of the AHL, but why not let the kid get longer taste of the NHL? Is it really necessary to have a player like Bissonnette take up a roster spot instead of a potential scoring threat? The time will come this season when Bissonnette and the Coyotes may need to shuffle around the roster and answer these questions.
Everyone is a huge fan of Biznasty, but I think the same people watch Bissonnette because he is on the Phoenix Coyotes. I for one thoroughly enjoy his tweets, but even his tweets are getting people in trouble. The Halloween picture of Raffi Torres’s costume caused controversy that was not needed to the locker room. More negative press is one thing this organization cannot afford.