2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes season

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2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes
Pacific Division Champions
Division 1st Pacific
Conference 3rd Western
2011–12 record 42–27–13
Home record 22–13–6
Road record 20–14–7
Goals for 216
Goals against 204
Team information
General Manager Don Maloney
Coach Dave Tippett
Captain Shane Doan
Alternate captains Martin Hanzal
Keith Yandle
Arena Jobing.com Arena
Average attendance 12,420 (72.5%)
Team leaders
Goals Radim Vrbata (35)
Assists Ray Whitney (53)
Points Ray Whitney (77)
Penalties in minutes Raffi Torres (83)
Plus/minus Ray Whitney (+26)
Wins Mike Smith (38)
Goals against average Mike Smith (2.21)
<2010–11 2012–13>

The 2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes season was the franchise’s 33rd season in the National Hockey League (NHL), their 40th overall and the 16th in Phoenix, Arizona.

Off-season[edit]

On May 10, 2011, the Glendale City Council voted (by a 5–2 count) to keep the Coyotes in Arizona for the 2011–12 season on an interim basis while they try to find a new owner to keep the team in Glendale. Before this vote, there was widespread speculation that the team would be re-locating back to Winnipeg before the start of the 2011-12 NHL season.[1] Potential owner Matthew Hulsizer ended his bid to purchase the Coyotes on June 27, leaving no current potential buyers of the team, once again leaving the Coyotes' future in question.[2]

Pending free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers prior to the start of free agency.

The Coyotes ended their minor-league affiliation with the San Antonio Rampage and signed an affiliation with the Portland Pirates.[3]

Regular season[edit]

The Coyotes finished with their third straight 90-point season, with 97 points. On April 7, 2012, the Coyotes defeated the Minnesota Wild with a score of 4-1 to win the Pacific Division title—their first division title as an NHL team.[4]

Playoffs[edit]

As Pacific Division champions, the Coyotes were the number 3 seed in the Western Conference. They faced the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, and defeated them in six games for the franchise's first playoff series win since 1987, when as the Winnipeg Jets, they defeated the Calgary Flames in the first round. The Coyotes defeated the 4th-seeded Nashville Predators in five games to advance to the first Western Conference Final in franchise history. The 8th-seeded Los Angeles Kings knocked the Coyotes out of the playoffs in five games.

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division[5]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Phoenix Coyotes 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 97
2 San Jose Sharks 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 96
3 Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 95
4 Dallas Stars 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 89
5 Anaheim Ducks 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 80
Western Conference[6]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Vancouver Canucks NW 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 111
2 y – St. Louis Blues CE 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 109
3 y – Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 97
4 Nashville Predators CE 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 104
5 Detroit Red Wings CE 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 102
6 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 101
7 San Jose Sharks PA 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 96
8 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 95
8.5
9 Calgary Flames NW 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 90
10 Dallas Stars PA 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 89
11 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 88
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 81
13 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 80
14 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 74
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 65

Divisions: CE – Central, NW – Northwest, PA – Pacific

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

Key:      Win      Loss

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OTL GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Smith, MikeMike Smith 67 3903 38 18 10 144 2.21 2066 .930 8 0 2 16
LaBarbera, JasonJason LaBarbera 19 1015 3 9 3 43 2.54 486 .912 0 0 0 2
McElhinney, CurtisCurtis McElhinney 2 72 1 0 0 2 1.67 36 .944 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Smith, MikeMike Smith 16 1027 9 7 34 1.99 602 .944 3 0 1 14

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Coyotes. Stats reflect time with the Coyotes only.
Traded mid-season.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Mike Smith[7] NHL First Star of the Week February 13, 2012
Mike Smith[8] NHL First Star of the Month February 2012
Mike Smith[9] NHL Third Star of the Week April 2, 2012
Mike Smith[10] NHL First Star of the Week April 9, 2012

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Raffi Torres 100th Career NHL Assist October 13, 2011
Andy Miele 1st Career NHL Game October 23, 2011
Shane Doan 300th Career NHL Goal October 25, 2011
Martin Hanzal 300th Career NHL Game November 10, 2011
Keith Yandle 300th Career NHL Game November 17, 2011
Taylor Pyatt 700th Career NHL Game November 19, 2011
Ray Whitney 600th Career NHL Assist December 8, 2011
Cal O'Reilly 100th Career NHL Game December 26, 2011
David Schlemko 100th Career NHL Game December 29, 2011
Shane Doan 1st Career NHL Hat Trick January 7, 2012
Boyd Gordon 400th Career NHL Game January 13, 2012
Boyd Gordon 100th Career NHL Point January 16, 2012
Chris Summers 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
January 16, 2012
Kyle Chipchura 200th Career NHL Game January 21, 2012
Mike Smith 200th Career NHL Game January 24, 2012
Oliver Ekman-Larsson 100th Career NHL Game February 4, 2012
Ray Whitney 1,200th Career NHL Game February 6, 2012
Rostislav Klesla 100th Career NHL Assist February 7, 2012
Michael Stone 1st Career NHL Game February 18, 2012
Matt Watkins 1st Career NHL Game February 21, 2012
Martin Hanzal 100th Career NHL Assist February 25, 2012
Radim Vrbata 200th Career NHL Assist March 5, 2012
Michael Stone 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
March 8, 2012
Michael Stone 1st Career NHL Goal March 10, 2012
Dave Tippett[11] 400th Career NHL Win (coach) March 19, 2012
Mikkel Boedker 200th Career NHL Game March 20, 2012
Mike Smith 100th Career NHL Win March 22, 2012
Lauri Korpikoski 100th Career NHL Point March 24, 2012
Daymond Langkow 400th Career NHL Assist March 24, 2012
Derek Morris 1,000th Career NHL Game March 25, 2012
Ray Whitney 1,000th Career NHL Point March 31, 2012
Lauri Korpikoski 300th Career NHL Game April 7, 2012

Final roster[edit]

Updated April 23, 2012.[12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
33 Canada Aucoin, AdrianAdrian Aucoin D R 41 2009 Ottawa, Ontario
12 Canada Bissonnette, PaulPaul Bissonnette RW L 29 2009 Welland, Ontario
89 Denmark Boedker, MikkelMikkel Boedker RW L 24 2008 Brøndby, Denmark
49 Canada Bolduc, AlexandreAlexandre Bolduc C L 29 2011 Montreal, Quebec
8 Canada Brule, GilbertGilbert Brule C R 27 2012 Edmonton, Alberta
24 Canada Chipchura, KyleKyle Chipchura C L 28 2011 Westlock, Alberta
19 Canada Doan, ShaneShane Doan (C) RW R 37 1995 Halkirk, Alberta
79 Canada Domingue, LouisLouis Domingue G L 22 2010 Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
23 Sweden Ekman-Larsson, OliverOliver Ekman-Larsson D L 23 2009 Karlskrona, Sweden
57 Russia Goncharov, MaximMaxim Goncharov D R 25 2007 Moscow, Soviet Union
15 Canada Gordon, BoydBoyd Gordon C R 30 2011 Unity, Saskatchewan
11 Czech Republic Hanzal, MartinMartin Hanzal (A) C L 27 2005 Písek, Czechoslovakia
52 United States Hextall, BrettBrett Hextall C R 26 2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
16 Czech Republic Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla D L 32 2011 Nový Jičín, Czechoslovakia
28 Finland Korpikoski, LauriLauri Korpikoski LW L 28 2009 Turku, Finland
1 Canada LaBarbera, JasonJason LaBarbera G L 34 2009 Burnaby, British Columbia
22 Canada Langkow, DaymondDaymond Langkow C L 38 2011 Edmonton, Alberta
39 Canada MacLean, BrettBrett MacLean LW R 25 2011 London, Ontario
21 United States Miele, AndyAndy Miele C L 26 2011 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
53 Canada Morris, DerekDerek Morris D R 36 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
5 United States Murphy, ConnorConnor Murphy D R 21 2011 Boston, Massachusetts
35 Canada Pogge, JustinJustin Pogge G L 28 2011 Fort McMurray, Alberta
43 Canada Pouliot, Marc-AntoineMarc-Antoine Pouliot C R 29 2011 Quebec City, Quebec
14 Canada Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt LW L 33 2009 Thunder Bay, Ontario
32 Czech Republic Rozsival, MichalMichal Rozsival D R 36 2011 Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
2 Sweden Rundblad, DavidDavid Rundblad D R 23 2011 Lycksele, Sweden
6 Canada Schlemko, DavidDavid Schlemko D L 27 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
41 Canada Smith, MikeMike Smith G L 32 2011 Kingston, Ontario
26 Canada Stone, MichaelMichael Stone D R 24 2008 Winnipeg, Manitoba
20 United States Summers, ChrisChris Summers D L 26 2006 Ann Arbor, Michigan
58 Canada Szwarz, JordanJordan Szwarz RW R 23 2009 Burlington, Ontario
37 Canada Torres, RaffiRaffi Torres LW L 32 2011 Toronto, Ontario
50 Canada Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette C L 32 2012 Saint-Agapit, Quebec
17 Czech Republic Vrbata, RadimRadim Vrbata RW R 33 2009 Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
36 Canada Watkins, MattMatt Watkins RW L 27 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
54 Canada Werek, EthanEthan Werek C L 23 2011 Markham, Ontario
13 Canada Whitney, RayRay Whitney LW R 42 2010 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
3 United States Yandle, KeithKeith Yandle (A) D L 28 2005 Boston, Massachusetts

Transactions[edit]

The Coyotes have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.

Draft picks[edit]

Phoenix's picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 20 Connor Murphy D  United States US NTSP (USHL)
2 51 Alexander Ruutu C  Finland Jokerit (SM-liiga)
2 56 (from Philadelphia) Lucas Lessio LW  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
3 84 (from Pittsburgh) Harrison Ruopp D  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
4 111 Kale Kessy LW  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
5 141 Darian Dziurzynski LW  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
6 155 (from NY Islanders) Andrew Fritsch RW  Canada Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
7 196 (from NY Rangers) Zac Larraza LW  United States US NTDP (USHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glendale Votes to Keep Coyotes for 2011–12
  2. ^ HULSIZER WALKS AWAY FROM BID TO PURCHASE COYOTES
  3. ^ "Florida returns as NHL parent of Rampage". Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ Myers, Dan (2012-04-07). "Coyotes clinch Pacific with 4-1 win". NHL.com. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  5. ^ "2011–2012 Standings by Division". National Hockey League. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2011–2012 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Smith, Malkin, Perron are NHL's Three Stars
  8. ^ February's stars: Smith, Karlsson, Stamkos
  9. ^ Simmonds, Chara, Smith are Three Stars of the Week
  10. ^ Smith, Stamkos and Crosby earn Three Star honors
  11. ^ Tippett Notches 400th NHL Victory
  12. ^ "Coyotes Roster - Phoenix Coyotes - Team". Phoenix Coyotes. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ Coyotes Acquire Werek from Rangers for Lindberg
  14. ^ Coyotes Trade Negotiating Rights of Bryzgalov to Philadelphia
  15. ^ Coyotes Select Seven Players on Second Day of 2011 NHL Draft
  16. ^ Coyotes Acquire Langkow from Calgary for Stempniak
  17. ^ Coyotes Acquire Goaltender Marc Cheverie from the Florida Panthers in Exchange for Center Justin Bernhardt
  18. ^ Coyotes Acquire Trotter from Montreal
  19. ^ Coyotes Acquire O'Reilly from Nashville for 2012 Draft Pick
  20. ^ Coyotes Acquire Rundblad and 2012 Draft Pick from Ottawa for Turris
  21. ^ Coyotes Acquire Vermette From Columbus
  22. ^ Coyotes Sign Nokelainen to One-Year Contract
  23. ^ Coyotes Sign Boyd Gordon to Multi-Year Contract
  24. ^ Coyotes Sign Goaltender Mike Smith to a Multi-Year Contract
  25. ^ Coyotes Sign Forward Raffi Torres to Multi-Year Contract
  26. ^ Coyotes Sign Bolduc to One-Year Contract
  27. ^ Coyotes Sign Defenseman Tyler Eckford to One-Year Contract
  28. ^ Coyotes Sign Goaltender Curtis McElhinney to One-Year Contract
  29. ^ a b c Coyotes Sign Oystrick, Arsene & Watkins to one-year contracts
  30. ^ a b c d Coyotes Sign MacLean, Chipchura, Pouliot and Beaudoin to One-Year Contracts
  31. ^ Coyotes Sign Pogge to One-Year Contract
  32. ^ Coyotes Sign Patrick O'Sullivan to a One-Year Contract
  33. ^ Coyotes Sign Shinnimin to Entry-Level Contract
  34. ^ Coyotes Sign NCAA Free-Agent Forward Scott Arnold to Entry-Level Contract
  35. ^ Coyotes Sign Defenseman Mark Louis to a One-Year Contract
  36. ^ "Jonas Ahnelöv ready for MODO" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  37. ^ Panthers Sign D Ed Jovanovski
  38. ^ Panthers Sign D Nolan Yonkman
  39. ^ Oilers agree to terms with Belanger
  40. ^ Dallas Stars Agree To Terms With Six Players On First Day Of Free Agency
  41. ^ Vancouver Canucks sign centre Andrew Ebbett
  42. ^ Canucks sign goaltender Matt Climie
  43. ^ Lightning Sign Free Agent LW Alexandre Picard
  44. ^ Blue Jackets Sign Forwards Dane Byers and Martin St. Pierre to One-Year, Two-Way NHL-AHL Contracts
  45. ^ Coyotes Re-Acquire MacLean
  46. ^ Coyotes Claim Brule off Re-Entry Waivers
  47. ^ Jets Claim Brett Maclean off Waivers
  48. ^ Penguins Claim Forward Cal O’Reilly Off Re-Entry Waivers
  49. ^ Coyotes Sign Werek to Entry-Level Contract
  50. ^ a b Coyotes Sign Szwarz, Domingue to Entry-Level Deals
  51. ^ Coyotes Sign Weller to Entry-Level Contract
  52. ^ Coyotes Sign LaBarbera to Two-Year Contract
  53. ^ Coyotes Sign Vrbata to Multi-Year Contract
  54. ^ Coyotes Sign Yandle to Five-Year Contract
  55. ^ Coyotes Re-sign Korpikoski to Two-Year Contract
  56. ^ Coyotes Sign 2011 First Round Pick Connor Murphy to Entry Level Contract
  57. ^ Coyotes Re-Sign Tikhonov to One-Year Contract
  58. ^ Coyotes Re-Sign Boedker to Two-Year Contract
  59. ^ Coyotes Sign Bissonnette to a Two-Year Contract Extension
  60. ^ Coyotes Sign Hanzal to Five-Year Contract Extension
  61. ^ Coyotes Re-sign Turris to Multi-Year Contract
  62. ^ Coyotes Sign Forward Chris Brown
  63. ^ Coyotes Sign Goaltender Mike Lee
  64. ^ Coyotes Sign Lane to Entry-Level Contract