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Friday, 08.8.2008 / 2:46 PM MT / The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
By Dave Vest
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Information, observations and anecdotes about the Coyotes
as told by Dave Vest, the team's V.P. of News Content

I spent 15 minutes or so interviewing new Coyotes center Olli Jokinen on Thursday, and I left the experience respecting how he handled himself and thought his answers to my questions came from the heart and not the cliché bank.

That was especially true when I asked him for his thoughts about what happened to former teammate Richard Zednik last season when Jokinen accidentally sliced the external carotid artery in Zednik's neck with his skate blade during a Florida Panthers game against Buffalo in February.

Clearly, it’s a touchy subject, but one I felt necessary to address given that Jokinen previously stated that the accident affected the rest of his season.

Check out Jokinen’s response here:

Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney spent some time this week watching prospect Colin Long participate at a USA Hockey camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., that will help shape the roster for the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.

I asked Maloney to e-mail me his assessment of Long, whom the Coyotes snatched with the 99th overall pick in this year’s draft.

His response:

“I watched Colin play in an intra-squad game, as well as one game each against Sweden and Finland. Colin is a clever offensive player with quick hands and excellent puck instincts. He scored once in the scrimmage and again (Wednesday) night versus Sweden while being one of the more skilled players competing for a roster spot on the U.S. team. We need to get Colin stronger and thicker yet his natural talent is something to get excited about. He will be a fun player to watch in Rookie Camp and when the big boys come out to play at our main training camp.”

Coyotes sponsored PGA player Jeff Quinney had a forgettable day on Thursday in the first round of the PGA Championship in Bloomfield, Mich.

After shooting a 37 on the front nine, Quinney made three bogeys and three double-bogeys on the back nine to finish at 11-over 81. He then shot  5-over 75 on Friday and missed the cut.

On top of that, I’m told some Red Wings fans heckled Quinney, who was wearing a golf shirt with a Coyotes logo on it, throughout his rounds.

• Center Martin Hanzal’s rehab from last month’s back surgery is going well.

“Everything is on schedule and there have been no setbacks,” Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving told me today.

• The Coyotes signed forward Adam Perry, 21, to bolster their AHL affiliate’s roster in San Antonio.

Adam Perry is the younger brother of Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry.

• I’m looking forward to the open house at Arena on Saturday. FYI, I will be there with a camera crew looking to talk to Coyotes fans about the upcoming season, so wear your best Coyotes gear and seek me out…

Thanks for reading.

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