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THE DESERT DOG BLOG: A QUICK GLANCE AT A BUSY WEEK

Monday, 06.21.2010 / 3:35 PM / The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- This is a busy week for the Coyotes and the NHL with lots of events to follow. Here’s a quick rundown:

• On Tuesday, the 2010-11 NHL schedule will be released at 9 a.m. (Arizona time). The Coyotes will be playing 40 home games at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale and one “home game” vs. the Boston Bruins in the Czech Republic on Sunday, Oct. 10. Check back to phoenixcoyotes.com on Tuesday morning to see the team’s entire schedule in detail.

Head Coach Dave Tippett
• On Wednesday, the NHL will stage its annual awards show in Las Vegas starting at 4:30 p.m. (Arizona time).

Head Coach Dave Tippett is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award - and quite frankly should win hands down.

Meanwhile, Ilya Bryzgalov is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and Shane Doan is a finalist for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Versus will broadcast the show live and yours truly will be blogging from Las Vegas throughout the day.

• The NHL Entry Draft will be held on Friday (first round) and Saturday (rounds 2 through 7) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The first round will be televised by Versus, starting at 4 p.m. (Arizona time). Saturday’s rounds will be televised by the NHL Network starting at 10 a.m. Make sure to check in with phoenixcoyotes.com throughout the weekend to follow all of the draft picks and trades (if any) the team makes over these two days.


I spoke to defenseman Adrian Aucoin on Monday to get his reaction to signing a two-year contract with the team last week. He told me he was very pleased to be returning to the Coyotes.

Adrian Aucoin
“I’m extremely happy and my family is extremely happy,” Aucoin said. “It’s always nice to work out a deal that, I think, both parties involved are very comfortable with.”

Aucoin, who notched eight goals and 20 assists in 82 games last season, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He said he had no interest in testing the market.

“I didn’t even want to get to that point in time or worry about that,” Aucoin said. “I was hoping to stay here 100 percent, and any time you can get things done sooner rather than later, that’s a good thing. With this behind me now, it will make it that much easier to train and prepare for next season.”

Reach Dave Vest at thedesertdogblog@phoenixcoyotes.com
 
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