Arizona Coyotes Desert Digest, Vol. II


It may not be September yet… but it’s getting pretty close.

Rookie Madness

The past week has been an exciting one for the Arizona Coyotes. Rookie Camp got underway, which included a two-game miniseries played by the Coyotes rookies and the L.A. Kings rookies.

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  • Both games were played at Gila River Arena, and were free for fans to attend. Howlin’ Hockey live-tweeted the second game, and gave you full coverage for both here on the site- including who scored, who fought, and who looked on point.

    To read about the first game, which saw the Coyotes rookies take a 4-1 victory, check it out here.

    We also gave a summary of the second game, as well as a look at who did the best (and who didn’t really show up on the ice) here.

    First Looks at Training Camp

    The Arizona Coyotes had vets show up to camp starting on Thursday, just days after we got to get a fresh glimpse at the new faces in the lineup. Camp is being conducted with the 62 players in attendance skating out in three teams, formed with the intention to give younger players veteran guidance on the ice.

    The team- and the team’s fans- got the first glimpse of former Oilers center Sam Gagner on Friday, when he skated out with the rest of the “C” team. In interviews given before and after training camp began, Gagner sounded excited for his fresh start in Arizona.

    "The practice went about as one would expect it to go; lots of hard drills designed to test endurance, speed, agility, and level of play. These types of practices may not seem as crucial for a head coach, but they’re actually some of the most important practices for these very reasons. The coach can get to know what level each of his skaters is on from right out on the ice with him, and see who needs to improve in what areas the most- before the season begins and it really matters. The fine-tuning will come later, but for now, it’s boot camp time."

    For a look at how the first day of camp went- and what you should look for in coming weeks- check it out here.

    Updates on Biznasty

    According to a story on, Paul Bissonette has been invited to attend training camp for the St. Louis Blues.

    (It’s okay to wipe away a tear. We all are.)

    Should former fan favorite “Paul Biznasty” end up playing for the Blues this season, Coyotes fans will get to see quite a bit of him- at least, compared to him playing in Europe, or for the Washington Capitals, as was reported in rumors earlier this summer. It’ll be hard to watch him play elsewhere, but these things happen.

    Keep checking back with us throughout the week- we’ve got ice-level coverage of some of your preseason games, live tweets of what’s going on in the community, and more!

    Need to get caught up on what happened earlier in the month, too? We’ve got you covered.