GLENDALE -- The Coyotes began their 2012-13 training camp with a high-energy, nearly two-hour practice at Jobing.com Arena.
Twenty-five players are at this abbreviated camp, which will end Friday when the Coyotes depart for their first game of the season at Dallas on Saturday.
While there’s not a lot of time to prepare for the opener, the consensus around the is that the Coyotes will be ready to go come this weekend.
“I mentioned to the guys earlier in meetings, it feels like we just came out of an All-Star break or something like that (because) we've got the same team here,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “The guys understand what we're trying to do. We don't have to put a lot of time explaining terms or what we're going to do.”
Asked what the focus of the short camp would be, Tippett said a little bit of everything.
“It's just making sure we touch on everything this week,” Tippett said. “We've got some special-teams stuff we want to look at and some face-off stuff we want to look at, but you just want to make sure your team can go out there and play with some good structure and that the mindset is in the right place. You're going to have some short shifts, but you've got to put the work in and get off the ice because it's going to take some time for everyone to get up to speed.”
Defenseman Keith Yandle said it felt great to be back out on the ice as a team for the first time since the Western Conference Finals last May.
“It was awesome,” Yandle said. “It was just nice to be on the ice and do some drills focused on our game and what we do on the ice. It was a lot of fun just to get back into our system work and being out there snapping the puck around.”
Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker agreed.
“It was good to get back into system stuff and it’s always nice to be a full team out on the ice,” Boedker said. “I think it was a good first day… We battled hard.”
Forward Raffi Torres was one of the 23 players on the ice on Monday. Torres will miss the first eight games of the season because of a suspension handed down by the NHL during the playoffs last season.
Monday’s practice was open to the public and the fans who attended cheered the Coyotes as they prepared to leave the ice at the end of the practice. The players acknowledged the applause by raising their sticks as they skated off the ice.
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