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08:32 AM ET 09.04 | In spite of the fits and starts of ownership, Phoenix has proved a survivor, something many expected to last when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced a preliminary deal to sell the team. And with that news, the shackles seemed to loosen. Big-name free-agent signings could become a reality. Goalie Mike Smith could land a lucrative extension. Stability could join the lure of playing for coach Dave Tippett as brochure material. General Manager Don Maloney's desire to chase skill and talent in the off-season seemed to reinforce a new approach. But nearly four months after Bettman hinted at change, everything is the same. The Coyotes didn't make any blockbuster acquisitions or re-up Smith. Their budget didn't swell, and their star power remains unaffected.

The Arizona Republic

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September 4, 2012  08:43 AM ET

The more things change, the more things stay the same...

September 4, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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If they start locking up guys like Smith to "lucrative" deals, they're going to be bankrupt again in a year.

Smith is more than likely a 'one year wonder.'

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September 4, 2012  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The more things change, the more things stay the same...

Indeed.

September 4, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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Smith is more than likely a 'one year wonder.'

I agree. See nothing special in this guy....didn't when he was in Tampa either

September 4, 2012  09:48 AM ET

They do have 2 young talented defensemen to build around in Yandle and Ekman-Larsson.

September 4, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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They do have 2 young talented defensemen to build around in Yandle and Ekman-Larsson.

They won't if the Wings get a handle on their Yandle like it's been rumored

September 4, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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Smith is more than likely a 'one year wonder.'

I thought Smith was the saviour Bryz wasn't.

September 4, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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I thought Smith was the saviour Bryz wasn't isn't.

Fixed.

September 4, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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I agree. See nothing special in this guy....didn't when he was in Tampa either

No goalie looks good in Boucher's system

September 4, 2012  10:34 AM ET

good now we have to hear all the doan crap all over.

September 4, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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good now we have to hear all the doan crap all over.

doan give them any ideas

September 4, 2012  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

doan give them any ideas

It would be a crying shane

September 4, 2012  10:50 AM ET

preliminary

this is like dropping a load while dry humping with clothes on. WTF?

Let's chat when you have a viable owner with bottomless pockets in Phoenix---otherwise who cares another mark on Buttman's wonderful tenure.

September 4, 2012  11:33 AM ET

I've been incommunicado for a week or 2.

Is Doan still in Phoenix?

September 4, 2012  11:41 AM ET
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Indeed.

Meep....Meep??

September 4, 2012  11:42 AM ET
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I've been incommunicado for a week or 2.Is Doan still in Phoenix?

Well, we ate all your B'day cake.

September 4, 2012  11:44 AM ET
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good now we have to hear all the doan crap all over.

Doan listen :)

 
September 4, 2012  11:53 AM ET

"Big-name free-agent signings could become a reality. Goalie Mike Smith could land a lucrative extension. Stability could join the lure of playing for coach Dave Tippett."

Yep. And I hear McDonald's is about to open their first burger joint on Mars.

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