Coyotes News and Notes

By Russell Brooks

It has been a long time since I have done News and Notes. I figured there is enough material to put it in its own article this time.


Jason Jaspers earned his first NHL recall playing in his first game against Nashville and registering his first point, an assist, against the Detroit Red Wings three games later. Branko Radivojevic also earned his first professional call-up to the Coyotes this past week and played his first game against Columbus, which he earned an assist, his first point, on the game-winning goal by Daniel Briere. Overall, 7 Coyotes prospects have made their NHL debut, which include Grenier, Cullen (now Minnesota Wild property), Focht, DesRochers, Jaspers, Radivojevic, and Safronov.

Honors and Awards:

Branko Radivojevic earned AHL Sherwood player of the week honors for the week of February 10th. Radivojevic scored five goal and one assist which included his first his first professional hat trick during that span. Another former prospect, Jean-Guy Trudel was selected to play for the Canadians in the AHL all-star game, which he scored one goal and two assists. This was Trudel’s second consecutive all-star appearance for the Falcons. Josh Blackburn earned honorable mention for finishing as the one of the top six remaining point-getters in the balloting for the CCHA all-conference team.

Injury News:

Fredrik Sjostrom received a concussion on a open-ice hit courtesy of Brandon’s Reagan Leslie. Sjostrom has been out the past week and his timetable to return is uncertain. He is listed as out indefinitely. Martin Podlesak has finally returned from a concussion which he was out for 3 weeks and has picked up where he left off scoring two goals in his first game back. Former prospect Krys Kolanos remains out after receiving a concussion on a blind side hit from Buffalo’s Vaclav Varada. Kolanos has begun practicing again and has yet to report any headaches in his comeback. His timetable to return should be about one-two weeks. Alexander Andreyev was placed on the 21-day injury reserve on 12/29 and has yet to be reactivated. His injury is unknown. Brad Ralph was transferred to the 30-day injury reserve and is most likely done for this season.

European News:

Goran Bezina has decided to stay with the Falcons after considering leaving to go back to Switzerland. Beat Forster has also showed desire to make the move from the European game over to North America. If Forster moves, the Falcons will most likely end up with him. Alexander Tatarinov since moving to Amur Khabarovsk has received more ice time playing between the third and fourth line.