Coyotes Tracks - October 5, 2011 - The Final Cut

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes follows the play during the preseason NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at Arena on October 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Coyote return home for a couple of days before heading to San Jose for their season opener on Saturday night.  They still need to trim one player off the roster by Noon MST today.

Coyotes News

Coyotes notes: David Schlemko recalls 'good memories' with Sundogs - The Arizona Republic
Schlemko looks back fondly on his CHL days and an interesting tidbit about Brett MacLean's situation.

Catching up with David Schlemko: Former Sundogs defenseman finding niche with Coyotes - The Prescott Daily Courier
Nice bio piece on the Coyotes D-man.

NHL - Q&A with Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan: 'We have to get off to a good start this year' - The Prescott Daily Courier
Brief question and answer with the Coyotes captain.'s 2011-12 NHL preview: Phoenix Coyotes - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun previews the Coyotes.

Coyotes Make New Hockey Fans
The more the merrier.

More links after the jump...

Coyotes to Host 2011-12 Season Opener Viewing Party - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Saturday night at the Ice Den.

Pirates News

Pirates whittling down roster - Maine Hockey Journal
A handful of guys get sent down to the ECHL.

Pirates close to finalizing roster for season start - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Includes quotes from Coach Ray Edwards and forward Andy Miele.

Gladiators News

Glads Add Four from AHL - Official Website - Gwinnett Gladiators
The Gladiators roster begins to take shape.


News From Around the Hockey World

Pacific preview: Yes, Sharks will reach Final –
Kevin Allen looks at the Yotes division.

Western Conference preview: Canucks' quest, Chicago's return lead story lines - NHL - Sporting News
The Sporting News new hockey reporter Jesse Spector previews the West.

Bettman facing challenging season with realignment, CBA, Coyotes ownership - The Globe and Mail
An interview with the Commish that touches on a number of subjects.

What Can The Past Of The NHL Premiere Series Tell Us? - Die By The Blade
A trip down memory lane. A year ago it was the Desert Dogs heading to Europe.

Should Winnipeg Jets Fans Rock A Whiteout….For A Team In Blue Jerseys? - Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
Expect more Whiteout talk this week and in the future.

Leafs Acquire David Steckel - Pension Plan Puppets
Leafs apparently needed help in the faceoff circle.

New York Rangers Place Sean Avery On Waivers; Dallas Stars Salary Cap Issues Ahead? - Defending Big D
The lesson here - Don't sign players that can't help you win, especially if their name is Sean Avery.

The Final Howl

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