Coyotes Tracks - June 23rd, 2012 - Homecoming Edition

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Henrik Samuelsson (C), 27th overall pick by the Phoenix Coyotes, poses with Coyotes representatives on stage during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Yesterday proved to be a homecoming of sorts for a pair of people. The Phoenix Coyotes selected Henrik Samuelsson as their first round draft pick and they traded defenseman prospect Harrison Ruopp, minor league goalie Marc Cheverie, and a third round pick for Zbynek Michalek. Michalek is a former Coyote who played with the team for five seasons, and Samuelsson grew up in Scottsdale. There is still more to be done today, more players to be picked and more trades to be made, but the Coyotes appear to be doing well and they are making themselves stronger. Of course the Coyotes are not the center of attention in the Michalek story, the story is that the Penguins are freeing up cap space for a big move. But isn't that just the way we like it, flying under the radar of the hockey world?

We've got a lot of news about the new Coyotes after the jump just to get you acquainted and reacquainted with them, we also have news from the draft, some news from around the hockey world, and for our Final Howl we turn to Twitter.

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes Draft Day Review - Bringing Back Z - Five For Howling
Recapping a busy day for the Phoenix Coyotes on day one of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Zbynek Michalek traded back to Phoenix for prospect Harrison Ruopp, 3 rd pick, goalie - PensBurgh
PensBurgh's reaction to yesterday's trade.

Coyotes thrilled about return of Michalek - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Don Maloney didn't think that his defensive abilities could be replaced and now he's back.

Keith Yandle, Shane Doan and uncertain times for Phoenix Coyotes | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Same story different day.

Coyotes Select Samuelsson in First Round of 2012 NHL Draft - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Samuelsson is son of Ulf, a former Associate Coach for the Coyotes.

Power forward Henrik Samuelsson has emerged as a player of interest to more than just the Edmonton Oilers | Edmonton Journal
Some information about the Coyotes first draft pick this year.

Coyotes Acquire Michalek from Pittsburgh - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Welcome back Zbynek Michalek.

Samuelsson, Henrik - NHL.com - NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profiles
The newest Coyote.

Coyotes to Hold 2012 Prospect Development Camp June 26-30 - Phoenix Coyotes - News
This year's camp will be at the Ice Den and will be take place much closer to the draft than last year's camp.

Do Not Handle Our Yandle Or I’ll Hit You With My Sandal - Yotesgurl Presents…..
AJ argues Yandle shouldn't be traded.

News From Around the Hockey World

Stefan Matteau: The New Jersey Devils 1st Round Pick of the 2012 NHL Draft - In Lou We Trust
The Devils drafted the son of a a player who scored a double overtime goal against them in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals. Awkward.

NHL Draft 2012: Edmonton Oilers Select Nail Yakupov With No. 1 Pick - The Copper & Blue
Is anyone surprised?

Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center To Host 2014 NHL Draft - Broad Street Hockey
The Devils got the 2013 draft. With Pittsburgh this year as well the league is obviously not looking for a wide geographic footprint.

Blue Jackets Acquire Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from Philadephia - The Cannon
Jackets GM Scott Howson began the wheeling & dealing on Friday.

The Final Howl

One of the first acts of the newest Coyote was to Tweet Paul Bissonnette:

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