The Phoenix Coyotes are tied for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference with the Dallas Stars. However, because of a tiebreaker, the Coyotes sit outside the playoffs.
The Coyotes are looking to bounce back from last season’s disappointment after making the Western Conference Finals the year before. You can’t blame the Coyotes for last year, it just looked like the ownership situation finally took its toll on the ice.
This past off-season, the ownership situation was resolved. Now the Coyotes can purely focus on hockey without wondering where they will be playing next season. For the most part, the first half of the 2013-14 season has gone well, fighting to stay in the playoff race.
However, the Coyotes will need to make moves in order to give themselves a boost. You can bet that the other Western Conference teams in their situation will be trying to do the same thing. If they don’t add a few pieces, they will fall in the standings.
Chris Nichols, formerly of Sportsnet.ca, tweeted this out.
That speaks to the point I made in the last paragraph. The majority of NHL teams aren’t in the position to deal. There are logjams in both Conferences when it comes to the final wild card spot, so the teams that are willing to deal are few.
If the Coyotes want to make a move, they will to get creative. They will have to try to make a trade that benefits both teams because that’s pretty much the only type of trade that can happen for teams like Phoenix.