Coyotes Tracks - February 23, 2012 - Bring On The Flaming C-Men

Sorry, over here at Five For Howling we were still nursing our "Epic Victory" TM Hangover and forgot to write tracks yesterday. Tonight the Coyotes do battle in Alberta against the Calgary Flames, Join us back here for our Game day thread. In Coyotes news, yesterday Don Maloney a centerman from the Blue Jackets read all about it in "FFHCTTC" (Five For Howling Coyotes Tracks Trade Center).

Coyotes News

The Desert Dog Blog: Vermette Trade Highlights Busy Day for Coyotes - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
Dave talks about the Antoine Vermette trade and Mike Smiths new goalie mask. (With audio and video goodness inside)

Without Kings or Coyotes, what is the status of a new Seattle arena? | Seattle PI Sports Blog - seattlepi.com
Interesting, this was all a slam dunk according to the media a week ago.

Wednesday’s Podcast of The Bertrand Berry Show - AZ Sports Talk
Segment 3 includes Fox Sports Arizona's Craig Morgan talking Coyotes.

Phoenix Coyotes' AHL call-ups bolster lineup
Injuries have sent the Coyotes' revolving door back into high gear recently, and they recalled two more players Tuesday.

The Five For Howling Roundtable - The Trade Deadline Approaches - Five For Howling
This week's special guest is Fox Sports Arizona's Jody Jackson.

More links after the jump...

Vrbata enjoying career year with Coyotes - NHL.com - NHL Insider
The best kept secret in the desert is out. Its good to see Radim Vrbata get attention, he should be a candidate for the Hart Trophy.

Are the Phoenix Coyotes under new ownership? - ABC15.com
Deal done in the next week? Hmm.

Twitvid | Boedker's sick shootout goal for a #Coyotes win! #BeatLA
One of our readers, Rainer Fehrenbacher, was at the game last night and caught their own video of Boedker's shootout goal.

Kings’ Kyle Clifford faces the Shanahammer after check to the head of Gilbert Brule (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Will Kyle Clifford get a suspension for the hit on Brule last night? Nope. Also Puck Daddy says that there is no logical argument against Radim Vrbata getting the Hart Trophy.

Coyotes Recall Bolduc and Rundblad from AHL - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Neither played in Tuesday night's contest.

Mike Smith’s New (Wile E.) Coyotes Mask - The Goalie Magazine - InGoalMag.com
The Coyotes' netminder has a cool new mask.

FFHCTTC

Coyotes Pick Up Antoine Vermette From Blue Jackets - Five For Howling
The Phoenix Coyotes acquired Antoine Vermette for AHL goalie Curtis McElhinney and draft picks this year and next.

Coyotes Acquire Vermette From Columbus - Phoenix Coyotes - News
The official press release on the trade.

Antoine Vermette - Buying Low at the Deadline - The Copper & Blue
SB Nation's Oilers blog takes a look at the trade.

Vermette Traded To Phoenix - BlueJackets Xtra
CBus beat writer Aaron Portzline's take on the trade.

Phoenix Coyotes get Antoine Vermette from Columbus Blue Jackets - ESPN
I'm surprised ESPN didn't have time to write a racist headline for this...

Columbus trades Antoine Vermette to Phoenix for a ham sandwich - Backhand Shelf
GMDM gets a gold star from Justin.

Blue Jackets trade veteran F Vermette to Coyotes - TSN
The Canadian perspective lets see if they mention attendance.

McElhinney Trade Opens Door for Cheverie - The Goalie Guild
Lost in the headline of Vermette coming to Phoenix was what the trade means for the organization's goaltending situation.

We have a trade to announce: Jackets send Vermette to Phoenix for picks and McElhinney | ProHockeyTalk
Coyotes add good two-way center, Columbus unloads salary.

Columbus GM Scott Howson ‘moving forward’, deals Antoine Vermette to Phoenix | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson finally pulled off a trade in which he acquired a goaltender. No, it didn't have anything to do with Rick Nash leaving town.

Vermette deal 'makes so much sense,' Maloney says - azcentral.com blogs
Don Maloney strikes again. The Coyotes general manager obtained a highly skillful and competitive center with proven versatility from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for two draft choices.

Trade tracker – USATODAY.com
Vermette added for "Offensive Sparkle" Also Quincey gives Red Wings insurance in case Stuart, Lidstrom don't return.

News About Tonight’s Enemy

Coyotes ready for tough matchup vs. Flames
Coyotes look to continue red-hot month with win over Calgary on Thursday.

Preview of Phoenix Coyotes Traveling to Calgary to Take on the Flames - Howlin' Hockey - A Phoenix Coyotes blog
Four points. That is what separate these teams. 2 wins. The Coyotes are tied for the top of the Pacific division. Calgary is second in the Northwest.

Gladiators News

Parker, Zapolski Lead Glads to, 2-0, Win :: SportsPageMagazine.com
Wednesday night was one to remember for two Gwinnett rookies, as Jonathan Parker scored twice and goaltender Ryan Zapolski picked up the first shutout of his pro career.

Sundogs News

IceMen power past Sundogs, 5-2 - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
A perfect performance by the Evansville Icemen power play was the difference Wednesday in a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Sundogs.

News From Around the Hockey World

St. Louis Blues Drop Last Home Game For Awhile To Bruins - St. Louis Game Time
Blues lose a tough one against the Boston Bruins and Game Time recaps it.

Avalanche Bury Kings, 4-1 - Mile High Hockey
Avs welcome Steve Downie to Denver with a 4-1 win over Kings.

Pacific Division: Activity could be limited at NHL trade deadline - Hockey's Future
I don't know but the current Kings slide could make them sellers soon.

The Hockey News: THN.com Top 10: THN.com Top 10: Ironman streaks
The Coyotes will now have 2 of the top ten ironmen in the league. Yandle with 233 games and Vermette with 241.

What a difference a year makes for the California three | ProHockeyTalk
Last year all 3 California teams were in the playoffs. Now they will be lucky if they have one team represented.

2011-2012 Playoff Standings - NHL.com - Standings
A breakdown of the playoff games if the season ended today, the Coyotes would be playing the Vancouver Canucks in the first round. However if the Coyotes can overtake San Jose they could potentially play the Blackhawks.

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: The DGB anonymous NHL player survey

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