A Christmas wishlist for the Cardinals, Coyotes, Diamondbacks and Suns

All a kindergartner wants for Christmas is two front teeth. And all Mariah Carey wants for Christmas is you.

For Phoenix’s major sports franchises the list is a little longer, especially this year.

Dear, Santa, the Cardinals need …
Can you get luck or good health for Christmas?

Arizona Coyotes Jerseys

A.Q. Shipley, D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, Justin Pugh, Andre Smith and John Wetzel aren’t blocking anything but the trainers’ room.

Injuries are to be expected, especially from veteran cheap nhl jerseys  guys who’ve been hurt before. But no one could have guessed that every single Day 1 starter on the offensive line would end up on the shelf at the same time.

It’s tough to evaluate Josh Rosen behind a patchwork unit of guys out there doing what they can in a bad situation. But he’s clearly struggled.
Rosen’s poor play and the abysmal offense overall are huge factors in Steve Wilks’ job security.

You just can’t help but wonder how this squad would look with a full set of big fellas in the trenches.

St. Nick, the ‘Yotes could use …
People who know hockey tell me the Coyotes need help scoring. A look at the stats confirms it. Only Clayton Keller is in the top 100 in points, and he’s on the low end of that scale (26 total points, 93rd overall).

Brad Richardson leads the team with 10 goals, putting him at the bottom of the top 100.

But the team’s effort stats continue to look strong.

Arizona has the best penalty kill in the NHL, stopping opponents 87.5 percent of the time.

The Coyotes also lead the league in short-handed goals (11).
That will keep the team competitive and the fans engaged. It also creates a great foundation. But without guys who have that special touch, it leads to inconsistency in putting shots past opposing goalies.

Coach Rick Tocchet had Stanley Cup-level success as an assistant in Pittsburgh, deploying Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin — who have 41 and 37 points each, respectively.

Imagine if he had guys that offensively gifted to skate circles around defenders at Gila River Arena?

Of course, we also could add franchise stability to the wish list.

Will there be a move to the East Valley? Or to Houston? The speculation started there when the NHL approved a realignment plan that will put the Coyotes in the Central Division in a few years.

And will owner Andrew Barroway get a group of minority investors that will pump in some cash, but let him retain authority?

We’ll see what answers end up in the stockings.

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