Coyotes Tracks - August 19th, 2012 - No Final Howl Today

Resigning Mike Smith may be on the back burner for now, but luckily he still has one year left on his contract. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

As the title may suggest we do not have a final howl in today's tracks. What we do have is a bunch of hockey related links for the Coyotes, the Pirates, the Sundogs and the hockey world in general. Weekends haven't been filled with hockey news but thankfully we managed to scrape together a few links for your reading pleasure, all after the jump below.

Coyotes News

Countdown to Coyotes Preseason: 37 Days - Five For Howling
A quick profile on Raffi Torres and the role he will hopefully serve for the Phoenix Coyotes in the upcoming season.

Can Phoenix Coyotes' Playoff Success Carry Into 2012-2013? : Phoenix Coyotes
Will last year's playoff success for the Phoenix Coyotes carry into next season?

Coyotes put Mike Smith contract talks on hold until ownership is settled - CBSSports.com
The unsettled ownership situation in Phoenix has resulted in the Coyotes putting contract talks with goalie Mike Smith on hold for the time being. What can the Coyotes expect from him next season?

Pirates News

Pirates will open season in New York | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Portland will start Oct. 13 at Adirondack and play its first game at the Civic Center on Nov. 2.

Sundogs News

Sundogs rebuild defense, sign two goalies - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
The Sundogs hope to improve on their defense during this off-season.

News From Around the Hockey World

Where will you find a host of intriguing top end defensemen? America | ProHockeyTalk
Joe Yerdon thinks that the USA is producing a lot of defensively talented prospects.

A look at who's on the hot seat in the NHL's Eastern Conference - NHL.com - NHL Insider
NHL.com looks at 15 players in the Eastern Conference who will be under big pressure to perform in 2012-13.

A look at who's on the hot seat in the NHL's Western Conference - NHL.com - NHL Insider
NHL.com takes a look at the players from each of the 15 Western Conference teams who's under pressure to produce in 2012-13.

Lubomir Visnovsky escapes serious injury after crashing Ferrari during race in Slovakia | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Visnovsky didn't suffer any serious injuries, however the same can not be said for the Ferrari he was driving.

'Good life' with Caps couldn't hold Hunter | London Knights | Sports | London Free Press
Dale Hunter isn't going to miss dealing with the media as he returns to coach the London Knights.

NHLPA boss Donald Fehr says players are united in CBA talks - Adrian Dater - SI.com
Sounds like the players aren't afraid of going the distance. Hopefully both sides find a common ground soon though.

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