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SportsReport: Coyotes ticket sales soar after Phil Kessel trade

22:00  11 july  2019
22:00  11 july  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Kessel trade has Coyotes fans excited for new direction

Kessel trade has Coyotes fans excited for new direction The Arizona Coyotes made one of their biggest acquisitions in franchise history last week when they landed three-time All-Star Phil Kessel in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Arizona hasn't finished higher than 28th in average attendance since the 2006-07 season, but that could change this upcoming campaign. "The buzz has been pretty significant," Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen said, according to The Arizona Republic's Richard Morin. "A lot of interest on social media, text messages from people in the community reaching out. There is an excitement and rejuvenation with this franchise. People can see the trajectory we're on.

Report: Coyotes ticket sales soar after Phil Kessel trade© Keith Srakocic/AP Phil Kessel.

Hockey fans are well aware of the impact Phil Kessel can have on the ice and the Arizona Coyotes are quickly learning of the financial impact Phil the Thrill can have on a team off the ice.

According to statistics obtained by The Arizona Republic, Coyotes tickets sales have skyrocketed since the team acquired the talented winger from the Pittsburgh Penguins less than two weeks ago.

Total ticket sales are up 550 per cent, while season-ticket sales have increased 600 per cent compared to the same time one year ago. The team’s website and app traffic plus its social media engagement have also increased, per the report.

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“It’s certainly satisfying and exciting to see us doing something as a franchise that we feel makes us a much more competitive team and puts us in a better position to win,” Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen told reporter Richard Morin. “The fact that other people in this market are seeing that, fans are seeing that, and they’re jumping on board. It’s good, positive momentum for this organization.”

John Chayka has completely reshaped the Coyotes roster since being named general manager in May of 2016. In fact, only two players from the 2015-16 edition of Yotes – Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Brad Richardson – remain on the active roster.

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The Coyotes haven’t qualified for the playoffs since that improbable run to the Western Conference Final in 2012 but are coming off their best regular season in five years and have momentum heading into 2019-20.

Chayka, who remains the youngest GM in the NHL, has been active on the trade front from the get-go but his acquisition of Kessel is his biggest move to date.

The New Jersey Devils are the only team that has scored fewer goals than the Coyotes in the salary cap era (excluding the Vegas Golden Knights who joined the league in 2017-18), so it’s no surprise the fan base seems delighted about finally having an offensive weapon like Kessel.

A Coyotes player has registered more than 70 points in a season just thrice (Shane Doan twice, Ray Whitney once) since the 2004 lockout. Kessel did so in each of his three seasons with the Penguins.

Only three Coyotes skaters have hit the 30-goal plateau during this time (Doan twice, Mike Comrie and Radim Vrbata once each). Kessel has scored at least 30 goals on six separate occasions during his 13-year NHL career and has registered at least 20 goals in 11 consecutive seasons.

Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane are the only players with more goals than Kessel’s 327 since the start of the 2008-09 campaign.

Penguins sign Tanev to 6-year deal.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed free-agent winger Brandon Tanev to a six-year contract, the team announced on Monday. The deal carries an average annual value of $3.5 million. Tanev spent the first four seasons of his career with the Winnipeg Jets. He set career highs with 14 goals, 15 assists, and 29 points through 80 games during the 2018-19 campaign. The powerful winger is best known for his penalty-killing abilities, as he averaged 2:08 minutes on that unit and scored two shorthanded goals. His 278 hits ranked third in the NHL, while his 81 blocked shots ranked third among all forwards. Tanev adds stability and depth to Pittsburgh's forward group.

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