Phoenix Coyotes News – 2013 Coyotes Updates
The biggest change this offseason for the Phoenix Coyotes was securing new ownership of the franchise. With no plans to relocate, the new ownership group will change the team’s name to Arizona Coyotes following the 2013-14 season. In addition, the Coyotes signed free agent Mike Ribeiro, the only major change to the Phoenix Coyotes roster this offseason. The Centerman is coming off a spectacular season with the Washington Capitals
and should immediately contribute to the top line. Ribeiro’s former team will travel to Glendale on 11/9 in a game that is averaging $73. Mike Ribeiro’s return to the Verizon Center-DC won’t happen until 2014 on 3/8 in a matchup that is averaging $120.
Last year the Coyotes finished the season 21-18, but missed the NHL Playoffs by four points. Phoenix was fourth in the Pacific Division; the Division has a new look
this year after the realignment adding the Vancouver Canucks
, Edmonton Oilers
, and Calgary Flames
from the Northwest Division and losing the Dallas Stars who are now part of the Central Division. The four most expensive games at Jobing.com Arena this season however do not come against Pacific Division foes. In fact, the most expensive games on the Coyotes schedule do not come until 2014 - Phoenix Coyotes vs. Boston Bruins (avg. $143) on 3/22 is the priciest followed by Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks (avg. $134) on 2/7. There are many displaced Blackhawks fans in Arizona who always show up to the game; that combined with the fact that the Blackhawks are the reigning Stanley Cup Champs and the game is the last before the Olympics break at home contribute to the high price tag.
The most expensive Division opponent is the Vancouver Canucks; the three games against the Canadian team average $88 with the cheapest being played on 11/5. This season Phoenix Coyotes tickets average $97 on the secondary market, a 95% increase from last year.