GLENDALE – After more than a week of games and off days, the Coyotes had a lengthy midday practice on Wednesday at the Ice Den on Scottsdale.
Afterward, the hot topic was goalie Mike Smith’s unique new haircut – and what exactly he calls it.
Reporter to Smith: “Is it a mullet or a Mohawk?”
Smith: “It's a little bit of both. Call it what you may.”
Some observers have offered the following suggestions: Mullhawk, Smullhawk and Flowhawk. I’m leaning toward Joehawk – with a nod to Joe Dirt.
Smith, of course, had let his hair grow for months as part of a bet with former teammate Ryan Malone. The friendly wager, which Smith says he won, ended weeks ago but he stuck with the long mane up until Tuesday.
“It was getting a little long - time for a change,” Smith said when asked why he finally had it cut. “It was getting pretty hot out there (on the ice).”
Smith said the reaction to his new do from his teammates has been mostly positive – with a few negative reviews sprinkled in.
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett was asked for his two cents:
“Whoever cut it, he should have paid him the other 20 to cut the rest of it,” Tippett joked.
Chris Summers skated with the Coyotes at Wednesday’s practice for the first time after being recalled from the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
I asked Summers, who played 21 games for the Coyotes last season, to explain his mindset regarding his latest stint with the team:
“Make the most of it,” he said. “I had a few chances last year and I think I played well but I didn’t play consistent. I think it will really help me this year if I come out strong and stay strong. That’s the NHL style – playing consistent throughout the whole season.”
Summers recently competed in the Fastest Skater event at the AHL All-Star Game and won in record time. Click this link to see for yourself.
Center Matthew Lombardi skated with his teammates for about 20 minutes on Wednesday wearing a blue no-contact sweater. He is sidelined because of an upper-body injury. The Coyotes are pleased with his progress.
The Coyotes sent center Alex Bolduc back to the AHL, where he is team captain of the Portland Pirates. Bolduc’s playing time was reduced after Raffi Torres returned from suspension.
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