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Tuesday, 08.26.2008 / 2:57 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 stopped by the Alltel Ice Den in Scottsdale on Monday to check in and see if any new faces were around for the voluntary, pre-training camp workouts since my last visit. I found plenty of them including new Coyotes Kurt Sauer and Todd Fedoruk, goalie Mikael Tellqvist and forward Daniel Winnik.

Rookie Kyle Turris also was there for the first time. Afterward, we chatted for a little bit and Turris told me all about his 3-day drive with his mom from British Columbia to the Valley last week. I also learned that Turris plans to live with Coyotes TV color analyst Darren Pang and his family, at least through training camp.

Pang, who also was at the Alltel Ice Den on Monday, said he originally offered Turris the opportunity to stay at his home in Peoria a few months ago, and that Turris and his parents ultimately decided it was a good idea for the 19-year-old to have a stable environment to call home for what promises to be his first full NHL season.

I asked Turris what it has been like staying with Pang and his family. See his response here:

Pang says Turris has been a terrific houseguest thus far.

“The kid is amazing in the kitchen,” Pang said. “The first few days he was here he woke up and said ‘Panger, what do you like for breakfast?’ One day he’s got like 10, 11, 12 eggs going in the pan and I had to say ‘Easy there Kyle, it’s just you and me.’ And not only does he whip up a great batch of eggs, he also empties the dishwasher and is quick to start putting things away.”

The arrival of Turris at the Pang house comes just days after Pang’s son Tyler left for college for the first time, so it’s a good fit for both sides.

I jokingly asked Pang if he has any house rules in place for Turris.

“No, no house rules,” Pang told me with a smile. “The only thing we ask is that he lets us know if he’s coming home for dinner. That’s about it. “

For those who haven’t heard, Head Coach Wayne Gretzky is going to be behind the bench when the Coyotes host a pair of rookie games against the Los Angeles Kings next month (Sept. 16 and 17).

Meanwhile, although nothing is set in stone, is working out a plan to stream at least one of the games live, a first for this web site. I’ll let you know when a definite plan is in place.

Several readers have written me wondering if the Coyotes have any interest in signing unrestricted free agent Brendan Shanahan considering his connection to General Manager Don Maloney, the former assistant general manager for the New York Rangers, Shanahan’s most recent team.

Although Shanahan, 39, is an accomplished player, the answer is no. Simply put, the Coyotes are committed to moving forward with younger players and are not willing to cut into their ice time to accommodate any player in the twilight of his career.

According to, Shanahan is willing to listen to offers from other teams if a one-year deal with the Rangers doesn’t work out.

The Coyotes have finalized an agreement with Eric Lacroix to serve as Western Pro Scout. Lacroix will be based in Denver.

Thanks for reading.

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