While being "as nebulous as he could be," Gibbs calls this season the toughest of his career and offers some gobbledygook on hiring a GM. He also plans to "research the offseason" and wage a war" to keep Derrick Dockery and others, and says the last six weeks represented "a big step up" (record: 2-4), while Al Saunders says the next offseason will be "defining." Rick Snider calls for AA, B-Lloyd and Brunell to be cut, and Dan Daly says the biggest problem is that Gibbs still doesn't recognize the problems. Also, Gibbs uses the phrase "knuckle sandwich" and says "we can be criticized for not being smart enough, but not for how hard we work," which might be my new post-vacation mantra. Also, here's a whole mess of stats on the run vs. pass breakdown, and a Howard Bryant opus on Gibbs vs. Saunders.
After Gretzky celebrates a $4k New Year's Eve at Morton's, while presumably in town TO COACH HIS TEAM, the Coyotes dominate the first period and special teams, killing off a 5-on-3 in a 3-2 win. And a Phoenix defenseman wisely points out that "groins are very touchy."