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The Arizona Coyotes are bad. That is a reflection of everyone.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when General Manager Don Maloney said the Arizona Coyotes were in a "winning movement"?

At this point, he's probably wishing he never said those words at all.

The Coyotes have now lost seven straight games in regulation. Their latest defeat, a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the New York Islanders during which the Coyotes basically appeared to give up in the final frame. Fatigue and exhaustion appeared to finally sap the life out of a team on the second half of a road back-to-back.

And really, this whole season has been exhausting. The Coyotes are not only losing games, they're getting blown out on a constant basis:

Both of those tweets came before the road trip started, which means Arizona is now 7-20 in 3+ goal games. That's atrocious.

The most unfortunate thing is many of the miscues that are ending up behind Mike Smith are miscues that occur again and again. Missed assignments. Poor back-checking. Little protection in the slot and crease. Night in and night out.

As a result, the Coyotes are now sitting in a position most thought unthinkable when the year started.

And that's on everyone. That's on the players who are not playing fundamentally sound hockey. That's on the coaching staff that continues to play underperforming veterans over young but critically important young players long after the playoffs became an unrealistic possibility. And that's on management for hesitating on a direction to start the season, and doing nothing as a result.

All of those failures have contributed to this nightmare season. And if Andrew Barroway is serious about fixing this team quickly, there will need to be answers for those failures.

From everyone.