Coyotes Tracks - March 17th 2012 - St. Patrick's Day Edition

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 14: Gilbert Brule #8 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates after scoring a goalie as Chris Higgins #20 of the Vancouver Canucks and Kevin Bieksa #3 skates by during the second period in NHL action on March 14, 2012 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Before we get started with the hockey we would like to wish everyone a happy St Patrick's Day, my personal favorite holiday considering I write this in the glow of a neon Guinness sign, remember everyone who is celebrating to be safe especially on the roads. Anyways on with the hockey, the Coyotes did not play, the spent the day in Edmonton, and there is some good news for goalie Mike Smith, bad news for Shane Doan, and non-news about any type of ownership. The Yotes will not be playing again until tomorrow against the Edmonton Oilers who will be coming off a win against the hot Calgary Flames.

Besides the Coyotes news we have news from the minor league teams and news from the hockey world all down below.

Coyotes News

Coyotes GM Don Maloney keeping busy on the road - The Arizona Republic
Sarah McLellan talks with GMDM plus brief team notes.

The Desert Dog Blog: Marching Toward Milestones - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
A look at some of the Coyotes players who are reaching milestones including Coach Dave Tippett going for his 400th win, Ray Whitney going for his 1,000th point and Derek Morris going for his 1,000th game.

Coyotes' Shane Doan fined $2,500 for hit - NHL.com - News
Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan has been fined $2,500 for boarding Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.

12-03-16 Bill Daly .mp3 (audio/mpeg Object) - NHL Home Ice
Phoenix ownership not surprisingly comes up in the conversation.

03/16/2012 Player Profile: Smith Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
A Mayo Clinic Player Profile for goalie Mike Smith.

Smith Nominated for Masterton Trophy - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Mike Smith has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy which goes to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

Glendale mayor: I'm not getting Phoenix Coyotes updates - Westside Insider
More drama. No actual news.

More links after the jump...

Pirates News

Big game, Pirates do little | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
In a tight race for playoff berths, Portland comes out flat and takes a 5-1 loss at Springfield.

Gladiators News

Gladiator's roster moves in advance of a postseason run - Atlanta Pro sports | Examiner.com
The Gladiators have gotten some players in preparation for their postseason including Goalie Marc Cheverie from the Portland Pirates. The Gladiators have player agreements with the Phoenix Coyotes and the Buffalo Sabres.

Sundogs News

Oilers edge Sundogs 4-3 - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
The Sundogs got an early lead, but the Tulsa Oilers were able to come back and win 4-3 in regulation.

News From Around the Hockey World

Kings vs. Ducks - 03/16/2012 - Los Angeles Kings - Recap
The Kings got two points against the Ducks, giving them 80 points, 1 point behind the Coyotes.

Flames vs. Oilers - 16/03/2012 - Edmonton Oilers - ATB Financial Game Story
The Oilers beat the red hot Flames, keeping them from moving up in the standings.

Deeez Nuuuts - Hawks 4, Stars 1 - Second City Hockey
This victory makes it harder for the Coyotes to take 6th place from Chicago, but easier for them to take third and the Division title.

Kari Lehtonen might soon have a shutout record of his own | ProHockeyTalk
Dallas netminder coming off back-to-back blankings of the Wild and Ducks.

Jarome Iginla’s late Hart Trophy push stokes Calgary’s playoff hopes | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Jarome Iginla's performance is one of the reasons that the Flames have been red hot as of late, pushing them into a potential playoff spot.

‘Because It’s The Cup’: Will the NHL’s courtship of casual fans make Stanley Cup Playoffs a social success? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The NHL's new media campaign is aimed at primarily at folks who currently aren't hockey fans.

Messier’s Skates: Regression, Luck, and Transience - Backhand Shelf - theScore.com
Ellen Etchingham on the stats debate.

The Final Howl

For St. Paddy’s Day, Backhand Shelf presents the All-Ginger & All-Irish beerability teams | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com

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