The team might not be playing well, but fans with premium tickets to Phoenix Coyotes games at Glendale Arena can at least enjoy a new amenity during the games.
The Coyotes last Friday held the grand opening for the Paradise Ice Lounge, a restaurant and bar located underneath the lower level and between the players' walkways to the locker rooms.
Sponsored by Allied Waste, the lounge is open to premium season ticket holders located in the first row of seats along the glass in sections 101, 102, 121 and 122 on the east side of the arena.
"We wanted to create a place where our premium season ticket holders could come and enjoy the atmosphere of Coyotes hockey and allow them a place where they can interact and enjoy themselves on a nightly basis," team president Douglas Moss said. "We have a very passionate fan base throughout the Valley and our fans are our neighbors."
Fans can view Coyotes players and their opponents walking to and from the locker rooms through glass along each side of the lounge.
As an added bonus, intermission TV interviews will be conducted inside the lounge. Defenseman Paul Mara was the first player interviewed under the new setup.
"It is another prime example of what makes Glendale Arena special," Mara said.
Savage dealt to St. Louis in final deal — The team's flurry of trading last week included one last-minute move.
Left wing Brian Savage was dealt to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Savage played in 61 games, recording 12 goals, 13 assists, 25 points and 36 penalty minutes. In three seasons with the Coyotes, he played in 134 games, recording 24-29-53.
Players move up from Springfield — The Coyotes recalled three players from Springfield of the AHL during the week.
Defenseman Matthew Spiller, who played 39 games with the Coyotes earlier this season, returned to the team after a 17-game stint with the team's Minor League affiliate.
Spiller averaged 10 minutes of ice time per game during his original stint with the big club, and scored three points during his run in Springfield.
The Coyotes also added center Jason Jasper to the roster. In 45 games with Springfield, Jasper recorded 11-15-26, tying him for third on the team in goals and power-play goals.
Phoenix also called up left wing Mike Stutzel, who racked up 21 points in 56 games with Springfield.
The additions make up for the loss of center Mike Rupp (shoulder), who is out indefinitely.