When you only have three forwards eclipse the modest half-a-point-per-game threshold and not a single skater reach 20 goals, you’ve got work to do. That’s the glass half-empty assessment. The half-full glass says imagine if this hardworking, playoff-bubble team was able to develop a few young players into 30-goal or 70-point men? That would put Rick Tocchet’s Coyotes into the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: In an eight-month period, desert-rival Vegas had the chutzpah to acquire stars Paul Stastny, Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone. The Coyotes need to get in on that action in order to punch up a popgun attack. Only nine forwards have contracts for next season. The remaining spots should be filled by players with an offensive bent.
LONG-TERM NEEDS: Arizona...
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Brian Costello joined The Hockey News in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville were players, not coaches. Costello covered major junior hockey for five seasons before getting called up to THN. He likes to focus his attention on pre- and post-NHL careers, following closely the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Hall of Fame expert.