GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 22: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes stretches before taking on the Los Angeles Kings in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
While most Americans took in the first Saturday of college football, there were quite a few hockey related stories, including the Coyotes signing one of their 2012 draft picks. Links today include some love for Mike Smith, some bad news for a certain former Coyotes owner, and a look back at a monumental moment in international hockey history.
Links after the jump...
Jordan Martinook; three-years entry level contract - Five For Howling
Ed Chavez reports the 58th overall pick in the Entry Draft has Portland in his future.
Countdown to Coyotes Preseason: 23 Days - Five For Howling
Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the feature in yesterday's Countdown to Coyotes Preseason.
Rant Sports Top 100 NHL Players: No. 100 Mike Smith
If Smitty can repeat his performance from last season, I'd expect him to move up a couple spots on this list.
News From Around the Hockey World
It's time to get over who's right and who's wrong in collective bargaining discussions - ESPN
Scott Burnside just wants them to figure it out, as we all do.
Peter Mueller ready to get back on track with Florida Panthers next season - NHL Update | bettor.com
The former Coyote looks to put his concussion issues behind him in Florida.
Labor strife has NHL on edge again - latimes.com
Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times on how the bright future of the post-lockout NHL darkened so quickly.
Seattle investor has all the land he needs to build a new arena | ProHockeyTalk
Seattle would be a great place for a hockey team, just not ours.
The Predators and Avalanche need to find a new ride | ProHockeyTalk
Jerry Moyes has found a way to screw over other NHL teams too.
You can kick the puck in now in Sweden | ProHockeyTalk
The much maligned "distinct kicking motion" bites the dust in Sweden.
NHL marketing report card for the 2011-12 season | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
See how the NHL's marketing efforts fared as judged by Cheryl Adams.
The Final Howl