2012-13: 21-18-9, 51 points
Where they finished: 4th in the Pacific, 10th in the West, 19th in NHL
Coach: Dave Tippett (5th season)
Key additions: C Mike Ribeiro
Key subtractions: C Boyd Gordon, G Jason LaBarbera
Mikkel Boedker – Mike Ribeiro – Radim Vrbata
Shane Doan – Martin Hanzal – Chris Brown
Lauri Korpikoski – Antoine Vermette – David Moss
Rob Klinkhammer – Kyle Chipchura – Brandon Yip
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek
Keith Yandle – Michael Stone
Rostislav Klesla – Derek Morris
Our take: In a way this season is already a win for the Coyotes given they are even still in the Phoenix area at all. With their ownership and arena situation finally settled this month, the organization can figure out a plan for the future.
But the damage may have already been done. While a better financial picture allowed the Coyotes to sign free-agent center Mike Ribeiro, they don’t look like a contender in 2013-14.
Smith’s play in goal was a huge factor in Phoenix’s playoff run to the conference finals in 2011-12, but he fell back to earth last season with a .910 save percentage. He’ll have to regain his form if he wants his team to make it back to the postseason at all.
At age 22, Oliver Ekman–Larsson is a legitimate Norris Trophy candidate. Keith Yandle (10 goals) provides scoring punch from the blueline. But even with Ribeiro’s addition there might not be enough skill up front.
Offseason Grade: B
Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14?: No.