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2005-06 Finish: 38-39-5, 12th West
General Manager: Mike Barnett (3rd Season)
Head Coach: Wayne Gretzky (2nd Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 246
2005-06 Goals Against: 271
2005-06 Power Play: 17.7% (18th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 80.9% (22nd)
Points Leader: Shane Doan (66)
Goals Leader: Shane Doan, Mike Comrie (30)
Assists Leader: Ladislav Nagy (41)

Offseason Moves: Acquired defenceman Nick Boynton and a 2007 fourth-round pick from the Boston Bruins for defenceman Paul Mara and a conditional third-round pick in either 2007 or 2008; signed defenceman Ed Jovanovski, who had been with the Vancouver Canucks, to a five-year contract; signed goaltender Mike Morrison, who had been with the Ottawa Senators, to a one-year contract; signed centre Jeremy Roenick, who had been with the Los Angeles Kings, to a one-year contract; signed right wing Georges Laraque, who had been with the Edmonton Oilers, to a two-year contract; acquired a 2007 fourth-round pick from the Montreal Canadiens for right wing Mike Johnson; signed centre Don MacLean, who had been with the Detroit Red Wings, to a two-year contract; signed defenceman Bryan Helmer, who had been with the Detroit Red Wings, to a two-year contract; signed defenceman Travis Roche, who had been with the Atlanta Thrashers, to a two-year contract; signed centre Mike Zigomanis, who had been with the St. Louis Blues, to a two-year contract; signed forward Owen Nolan, who had been with the Toronto Maple Leafs, to a one-year contract.

Goaltending: At 39 years of age, Curtis Joesph is showing no signs of slowing down. He had a 32-21 record in 60 games in his first season with the Coyotes, posting a 2.91 goals-against average and four shutouts. In short, he kept the non-playoff team competitive night after night. With a much-improved blueline, Joseph should be just as effective this season. The backup spot will be up for grabs, with David LeNeveu, Phil Sauve and Mike Morrison battling for the job at camp.

Defence: The most obvious improvement on the blueline is JovoCop, who is coming off an injury-riddled 2005-06 season. Wayne Gretzky knows exactly what he brings to the table - a tough, physical defenceman with plenty of offensive skill. Jovanovski joins a restructured and well-rounded defence corps also includes physical blueliner Nick Boynton, as well as Derek Morris, Keith Ballard and Zbynek Michalek. There is great potential here.

Forwards: It will be a season of fresh starts up front. Veteran centre Jeremy Roenick has promised to arrive in better shape than he was last year, and that's a good start for a team looking to improve on its 246 goals from last season. Also joining the lineup is forward Owen Nolan, who missed all of last season recovering from knee surgery. With a clean bill of health, he is capable of leading the team in scoring and in the dressing room. With Ladislav Nagy, Steven Reinprecht, Mike Comrie and Shane Doan also in the mix, the team has a good core that can get the offence rolling. The third and fourth lines will be tough for any team to get through, with rough and tumble players like Mike Ricci, Tyson Nash and Georges Laraque ready to take the body.

Welcome to the NHL: Goaltender David LeNeveu appears to have the intensity for the NHL game, and performed well last season in place of the injured Brian Boucher. He went 3-8-2 with a 3.24 goals-against average in 15 starts. His combination of talent and demeanor make him a good apprentice-in-waiting behind Joseph.
 
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