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Originally Published: August 19, 2004
By Tom Wheatley | Special to ESPN.com

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The new-look Phoenix Coyotes moved into a new building in midseason and seemed to justify the youth program of managing partner Wayne Gretzky and his front office team.

Phoenix seemed to be doing nicely without yesteryear stalwarts such as Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick and Teppo Numminen.

When the team's depth was finally tested, though, the winning margin was stretched too thin. Along the way, coach Bobby Francis was replaced by Rick Bowness, who has since had the ...

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