PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: Top NHL prospect Nail Yakupov speaks to the media during media availability on the Gateway Clipper Express on June 20, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
This could wind up being a rather momentous weekend for the short term and long term future of the Phoenix Coyotes roster. The Yotes have nine picks in this year's draft, a number of veteran unrestricted free agents, as well as the ownership uncertainty which likely continuing to have an effect on GM Don Maloney's ability to attract top flight free agents. With all of those factors in play it would not be surprising to see the team make a deal or two before the weekend is over. Maloney's own comments over the past week certainly add fuel to the fire.
If you are looking for a story to follow not actually involving the Coyotes picks you might want to follow where former Coyotes assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson's son, Henrik, gets selected. He's expected to be a late first round or 2nd round round pick.
Today's links include a Yandle trade rumor, Shane Doan's frustration over the ownership drama not being over, and a link to Dirk Hoag's must bookmark super schedule post for next season. In light of the seriousness of Draft Weekend there will be no Final Howl today.
Links after the jump...
NHL Rumors: Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle can be had via trade - CBSSports.com
The Yandle trade rumors won't die. Should the Yotes part with their young assistant captain?
Shane Doan frustrated with Coyotes situation - ArizonaSports.com
The Captain spoke out about his frustrations on several local radio shows yesterday.
Phoenix Coyotes may look to move pick in NHL Draft - The Arizona Republic
GMDM is keeping his options open.
How far does your favorite team travel? Consult the NHL Super Schedule - On the Forecheck
This coming season's schedule looks to be less taxing on the Coyotes.
Coyotes plan more prospects for Pirates - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Buried in the story is news that development camp may be happening as soon as next week.
News From Around the Hockey World
Bob McKenzie: Staal turns down huge offer, doesn't plan on re-signing right now - The Pensblog
Will Staal wind up in the free agency market come July 1st, and if so will someone overpay?
Ducks looking for defenseman at entry draft - latimes.com
Anaheim is in the exact opposite position as the Yotes. Too few D prospects.
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