The Buffalo Sabres start the month of November with the hopes of entertaining the Phoenix Coyotes at First Niagara Center.
The Phoenix Coyotes make two appearance on the schedule this year – and both time ares in November. The November 1st home game, and then the Sabres visit Glendale on Saturday November 10th.
Last season saw the Coyotes visiting the Buffalo Sabres in November of last season, and Buffalo did not return the favor. The Sabres failed to gain even a point in that contest, dropping the game 4-2.
This past weeks activity surrounding the Desert Dogs has a lot of people questioning about whether or not the Coyotes existence in the NHL will go the likes of Winnipeg 1, Quebec, Atlanta, Colorado 1, etc. etc.
While the on ice team has no issues with winning, the off ice antics really distract from what could be a formidable foe for many across the league. How many fronts can the Coyotes win on? Last week it appeared if the ownership group spearheaded by former San Jose Sharks owner Greg Jamison was falling short of the amount they needed to by the team from the league. When an article was published that the league could potentially use that as a chip at the bargaining table to stronghold the players into an agreement, it appears that financial woes will not keep Jamison from owning the Coyotes and keeping jobs at Jobing.com Arena.
Could the Jamison story be a ploy to help him get his star player under contract? For a team already last in the league in attendance, losing Shane Doan would definitely kill any off ice in the stands efforts the team might have going – quick – name another household hockey name on the roster? Can’t think of one? If the first name you think of when you think Phoenix Coyotes is Raffi Torres – well then you have your problem. Hey I am not saying the team doesn’t have talent – but when you risk losing the face of your franchise you do what it takes to keep him on the team. With Doan’s first interest to stay in Phoenix, landing those investors has to be Jamison’s top priority.
The Desert Dogs are one of the top teams in the West – it will be a good test for the Buffalo Sabres early in the season to face this West Coast contender early in the season – but the team and the league have to get to the season first.