Welcome to the Division, Arizona Coyotes

On Monday, lost in the news that Duncan Keith was traded to Edmonton, the NHL made a significant announcement: the league is planning on a full, 82-game schedule for the 2021-22 season. The season will begin in October and end in April with the Stanley Cup Playoffs ending in June, when they have traditionally taken place.

And the Central Division will have a new participant moving forward: the Arizona Coyotes.

The Yotes will move to the Central to make room for the expansion Seattle Kraken in the Pacific as the league returns to the normal division format.

The NHL plans to release the 2021-22 schedule before the 2021 NHL Draft on July 23-24.

The league also announced they’re examining ways to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics. According to the release, the NHL is working on two versions of the 2021-22 schedule: one that includes a break for the 2022 Beijing Olympics, and another that does not.

21 thoughts on “Welcome to the Division, Arizona Coyotes

  • July 13, 2021 at 10:34 am

    If Arizona franchise doesn’t survive, moving to Houston not a travel issue on the schedule.

  • July 13, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Houston can’t support an NHL team, nobody cares about hockey in Houston, it would be the Florida Panthers 2.0
    I live in Ft.Worth and the Stars can’t put people in the seats during mid week games… stadium is half empty.
    Houston would not be any better.


  • July 13, 2021 at 11:14 am

    So … back to the frequent flyer and meat grinder division. While I won’t miss Tampa, Florida and Carolina, the Avs, Wild, Blues and Jets are baaaaack. Plus, I’ll miss having Detroit to kick while they’re down. :-)

  • July 13, 2021 at 11:21 am

    moved to scottsdale last september so good for me.

  • July 13, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Maybe that’s a team we could possibly beat in the division. Wonder who people will blame for next year on the crappy defense because you can’t blame Keith anymore.

  • July 13, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Now who will the Hawks leave exposed on D

  • July 13, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Little bit of a tough spot. CM will be protected. CH will be exposed for sure. Have to expose one of Stillman, Zadorov or Jones.
    I say leave Z exposed

  • July 13, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    I would protect Murphy and Stillman and probably Jones over Zadorov unless Zadorov signs for something in the $3.5M range and not for more than 4 years. I like Zadorov more some Hawks fans but I wouldn’t lose any sleep if he moves on. I’m not too high on Caleb either but he probably has more room to develop than the “what you see is what you get” Zadorov.

  • July 13, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Beer League agree about fan support in Houston but read a while back where Bettmam would lime to see a team there and putting franchises in non hockey vemues never stopped him before.

    Still think a trade of a player to Seattle in return they pick who Bowman wants them too, similar to last time with TVR and Kruger makes who gets protected a mute point is very possible.

  • July 13, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Agree Ian that good chance Stan swings a deal for the Krack to take CDH

    Maybe a B level prospect like Slaggert Barrat Regula or a 3rd rounder would be enough to entice Seattle

  • July 13, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Or maybe Carpenter to Seattle for them to take CDH

  • July 13, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Hawks should win 10 more games now that Edmonton was fleeced in taking turnover Slow Dunce… lol.. Go Hawks !!!!

  • July 14, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Actually “Billy Reay”, the Hawks will lose 10 more games than last year because if you listened to the podcast even Tab said “look who he had to play with”. I predict Keith will have an amazing year next year, playing about 18-20 minutes a game and not having to worry with who he has to cover up for. I don’t care who StanBo tries to get here on defense with this “rebuild” or is it now “retooling” again?? because maybe his seat is a little warm now but whoever he gets here will be the new whipping boy because as you’ll see: the “new” guy/guys will still have to worry who he’s paired with, and be forced to play with this atrocious scheme. And StanBo’s possibly looking at Fluery??? LOL!!!! Can’t wait for this regime to crash and burn so we can get somebody to straighten out this mess. Wonder what 19 and 88 think about all of this.

  • July 14, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Well, to be Captain Obvious about it – with the Hawks playing an 82 game schedule next season instead of the 56 game schedule – they could lose 10 more games and still be an improved team as well as win 10 more games and be a worse team. There is also the fact going back to a normal inter-divisional schedule and against a different group of intra-divisional teams will make it difficult to use the 2021 season to assess the progress of the team in 2021/22.

    The notion that Colliton is using some unconventional ill-conceived scheme should have been dispelled by a study of the playoff games where more teams were playing some variation of Colliton’s “man and a half” defense than were playing zone. The playoff teams were more effective because they have better talent and are more steeped in the concepts and more experienced in execution but the notion that Colliton is out of his depth because he trying to install a system that no other team uses has been proven false.

    I don’t know if it’s a matter of short attention spans or unreasonable impatience or what – but after 2 seasons cut short by Covid and all the development time lost in the wake – a reset of reasonable expectations for the Hawks in 2021/22 is needed.

    It’s highly unlikely the Hawks will be one of the best 3 teams in the division, nor one of the best 8 teams in the conference – therefore it’s highly unlikely the Hawks will make the playoffs next season. And that’s OK and is expected. More progress must be made in the rebuild before the objective shifts from “rebuild” to “win”. Hawks fans don’t have to like it but that seems to be the team is at in this process.

  • July 14, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Well Captain Obvious I guess there’s a possibility we could both be right but I guess you get the drift. Now that there is finally a fire lit under somebody’s butt, I fully expect StanBo to go “All-in” this year to possibly save his job. That won’t work here, he’ll blow up the cap again and we still won’t be a Top 8 club next year. THEN maybe somebody will be hired that will turn this embarrassment around.

  • July 14, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    If Stan thinks the Hawks are a Seth Jones away from legitimately competing for the Cup or he derails the rebuild to make the playoffs in the hope it saves his job – then I’ll join the mob of Stan haters … but I don’t think it will play out that way … at least I hope not.

  • July 14, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Just out of curiosity,what year should I look forward to that the Hawks will be able to physically compete with other teams? I read here that the consensus is that they won’t make the playoffs so I guess I will settle for games where they don’t get outshot at home 55 to 15 or pummeled through the boards every shift. How much time does Colliton and staff get? Can we count this season as a normal season with out the built in excuses? That patience stuff is a wonderful thing. It keeps mediocre to poor people gainfully employed.

  • July 14, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    March 4th, 2024 @ 8:30pm precisely.

    Of course you can call it a normal season if you consider no summer development camp, limited training camp, no preseason games and a 56 game schedule where you only play 7 of the other 31 teams – yep, sounds normal to me.

  • July 15, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    ER, think the biggest difference in division sch is back to normal not just for every team 2 times and conference more. The biggest different by far is the playing of the same team two games in a row the whole 56 games. That led to a lot of splits by most teams I would say.

    NAS STL should play better/or as good as they are and thats better then last yrs 56 games. WIN is not a playoff team/ask MTL about that. DAL should also play better.

    ALthough it wont be long before NAS STL DAL get older and we pas them. We wont though until we have a full roster and get ebverything under control here.

    Its going to happen and we ll be prob behind COL for a few yrs but top team again.

    Just keep doing what we need to add and adjust to team/org.

  • July 16, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    The Jets have been an enigma for a few years. Game 1 against MTL – they got outplayed and out-desired, and tried to bowl over MTL physically. The dumb play at the end of the game by Scheifele took the heart out of the team, enraged MTL, and that was the end of that.

    We never know what WPG is gonna be. I’m not sure the Jets players do either.

  • July 16, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Please get rid of warm weather teams who can’t draw fans. Give Quebec and Hartford their teams back. Arizona and Florida need to be dumped ASAP

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