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Phoenix Coyotes eliminated from playoff contention

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Rob Carr

With the Dallas Stars' victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night, the Phoenix Coyotes are officially eliminated from playoff contention with two games remaining in the regular season.

After losing six games in a row, the Coyotes squashed any chance they could make their fourth playoff appearance in five seasons. Instead, the Coyotes will watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs from home for the second consecutive season.

Missing the playoffs yet again should prompt significant changes on the ice. The new ownership group has a full offseason to address Phoenix's Arizona's needs; there are plenty to choose from.

The Coyotes have eight players on their current roster scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1: Radim Vrbata, David Moss, Paul Bissonnette, Brandon McMillan (RFA), Jeff Halpern, Derek Morris, Chris Summers and Thomas Greiss. As is the case each offseason, some will be back (likely Bissonnette, McMillan and Summers), some won't (likely Morris, Halpern, Greiss) and some are question marks (Vrbata, Moss).

Whatever the offseason holds, rest assured there is an ownership group in place committed to winning and when the team hits the ice again, they will do so with a new name and a new attitude.