Most people would consider the Arizona Coyotes’ offseason a resounding success. Last season the struggled to score and General Manager John Chayka addressed that with the acquisitions of Phil Kessel and Carl Soderberg.
But there should be a big concern for the Coyotes’ fanbase. After being mum on it for weeks the Coyotes would ultimately not re-sign assistant coach Scott Allen, who spent the past two seasons with the Coyotes running the defense and the penalty kill.
Under Allen, the Coyotes had one of the best penalty kill units last season. They finished with the third-best penalty kill at 85.0% and they had the second most short-handed goals with 12.
While the team struggled to score the Coyotes’ penalty kill was a silver lining. The team’s offense was one of the worst in the league, finishing 28th in goals scored with 209 goals, and only through solid defense and a stellar penalty kill was the team able to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.
This past offseason the Coyotes brought in a new assistant coach, Phil Housley. Housley’s longest coaching stretch was as an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators from 2013 to 2017 were worked primarily with defensemen. He has also previously served head coach for the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons and was a coach and assistant coach for Team USA at various international events.