Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers have been early disasters – ESPN

9:34 AM ET What is the NHL’s biggest tire fire?

Greg Wyshynski: There is a collection of very worthy (unworthy?) candidates for the season’s most scorching early tire fires. Some teams have struggled through significant injuries, such as the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild. Some teams have struggled because a series of franchise-redefining moves haven’t exactly panned out; but hey, Montreal, at least GM Marc Bergevin is signed through 2022, right?

The Arizona Coyotes (0-8-1) are a little bit of both. Antti Raanta, acquired in the offseason to be the No. 1 goalie, has been limited to 90 minutes this season because of injury. Louis Domingue and Adin Hill have been terrible in his absence, leading to the team’s NHL-worst minus-18 goal differential.

But for a team that has a collection of solid core players (Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Max Domi) and a stellar rookie (Clayton Keller) and high-profile offseason augmentations (Raanta, Derek Stepan, Niklas Hjalmarsson) and a new coach (Rick Tocchet) imported from the defending Stanley Cup champions … well, they should maybe have a win after nine games.

Instead, they’re plummeting down the standings, posting mediocre puck-possession numbers and positioning themselves for yet another lost season in the desert. But hey, good thing they moved on from Shane Doan.

Coach Rick Tocchet and the Arizona Coyotes are already feeling the heat in the desert. Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire

Emily Kaplan: I’m piggybacking off Greg here: The Coyotes are in the worst situation in the NHL. And it’s not just that they are the only winless team three weeks into the season. Rather, it’s the same old Coyotes who have frustrated us for the better part of this decade — after an offseason when we were promised otherwise. A new coach, a new No. 1 goalie, a new No. 1 center, a new

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