Coyotes Tracks - August 31, 2011 - Wil E. Smith

GLENDALE AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: Philip Lane #63 of the Phoenix Coyotes is congratulated by teammates Michael Stone #75 and Brandon Gormley #36 after Lane scored a second period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL Rookie game at Jobing.com Arena on September 15 2010 in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With August coming to a close the hockey world is heating up news wise.  On the Coyotes front yesterday came news of new visuals.  Mike Smith's got a new mask and Brandon Gormley will have his own trading card.  We've got all kinds of links from around the NHL and beyond as well.  Enjoy.

Coyotes News

'Quite an honor,' Gormley says of first hockey card - azcentral.com blogs - Ice Chips - JimGintonio
Now it's time to push for a roster spot.

Does the Langkow trade make sense for the Flames? - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Mitch Smith from M&G with his perspective on the trade.

Coyotes hope Langkow can fill hole in the middle - NHL.com
Jerry Brown on Langkow's return to the Valley.

E.J.'s mailbag: Coyotes-Flames trade, Bryzgalov and more - NHL.com
E.J. Hradek likes the Coyotes chances of making the postseason again.

Biz Nasty Photobombs Blue Jays' Batting Practice
Looks like he took lessons from Ray Whitney

Mike Smith's Phoenix Coyotes goalie mask - In Goal Magazine
Lots of great pics of Smith's new mask.

The Desert Dog Blog: Smith's New Mask is Based on Wile E. Coyote - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
Dave Vest writes about Smith's new mask.

More links after the jump...

News From Around the Hockey World

What's up with former Phoenix Coyotes forward Mike Comrie - The Arizona Republic
Jim Gintonio catches up with the well traveled former Phoenix center.

Matthew Lombardi Free Of Concussion Symptoms - Pension Plan Puppets
Finally a little good news for the former Phoenix forward.

Burns and Vlasic will be Sharks shutdown pairing for years to come - Fear The Fin
Get used to see these two Coyotes fans.

James van Riemsdyk signs six year contract extension - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers lock up their young, talented winger.

Kings give Drew Doughty options on length of new contract - latimes.com
Actual news on the Doughty front after weeks of silence.

Back in silver and black: Kings make Gretzky-like look their official color scheme - ProHockeyTalk
Melrose mullets back in style soon.

Capitals’ Mike Knuble: ‘I'm out there playing for another deal’ - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
You gotta love a guy pushing 40 working hard for a new contract.

Bourne Blog: Teemu Selanne and the old guy revolution - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Justin Bourne talks about guys in Knuble's age bracket.

Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador ready to resume career... - Fire & Ice
Another concussion victim on the road back.

NHL watches as colleges wage war with Canadian junior hockey - NHL - Sporting News
Craig Custance on the conflict between the NCAA schools and the CHL clubs.

The Final Howl

Help Save UAH Charger Hockey!!! - On the Forecheck
The South's lone D-1 college hockey team is in trouble. You can help.

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