2022-23 NHL Burning Questions: Arizona Coyotes

This is the second in THN.com’s new NHL-team-by-team analysis prior to the start of the 2022-23 regular season. In this new series, we’re asking Three Burning Questions for every team in the league.

Today, we’re looking at the Arizona Coyotes:


1. How bad will the Coyotes actually be? Bad. The correct answer here is, “bad”. Like, Emperor Palpatine from “Star Wars” bad. Cruella Deville bad. George Thorogood bad. Bad bad. It’s really that simple. This is not to suggest there won’t be positives to take from the upcoming season. GM Bill Armstrong went scorched-earth in his rebuild, to the point they currently have exactly one NHL goaltender in Karel Vejmelka, and he is a sophomore NHL netminder whose numbers last season (including a 3.68 goals-against average and .989 save percentage in 52 career NHL games) do not indicate he’s the next coming of Carey Price. But Armstrong believes in the long-game rebuild, and he is amassing a ton of draft picks and young players for the future. Time will tell if that plan pans out.


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