Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Team USA Playing For Gold Saturday

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 08: Connor Murphy #5 of Team USA skates against Team Finland at the USA hockey junior evaluation camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Center on August 8, 2012 in Lake Placid, New York. - Bruce Bennett - Getty Images Sport

Team USA destroyed Team Canada early this morning Arizona time to make their way into the gold medal game at the World Junior Championships. Phoenix Coyotes prospect Connor Murphy and his teammates will face Sweden on Saturday. The defending gold medalist beat Russia in a shootout in today's other semifinal. In other news, the NHL and NHLPA continue to trade CBA proposals.

World Junior Championships News

2013 IIHF World Junior Championship: USA vs. Canada Recap — Semifinals - The United States of Hockey
BC's Johnny Gaudreau continued his hot play of late. He's now got 7 goals in the last 3 games.

World junior championship: The leave Malcolm Subban alone post; it was Team Canada’s ‘collective failure,’ people - Buzzing The Net
No argument with the headline.

Video: 2013 World Junior Championship - Connor Murphy and Sean Kuraly, USA - Hockey's Future
Video of Phoenix prospect Connor Murphy after Team USA's win over the Czechs.

Lockout News

NHL lockout update: Sides still meeting as NHLPA disclaimer deadline passes -
They're still talking.

Highest hurdles remain in NHL labour talks - CBC Sports
Only 4 thoughts from Elliotte Friedman this morning.

Debate: Lack of disclaimer means progress - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss the latest CBA news.

NBC Sports Network ratings are a disaster - Awful Announcing
Another entity/group which would prefer the NHL get back to playing ASAP.

It looks like the NHL has saved poor reporters from huddling in a BANK VESTIBULE. Few things to... - Pension Plan Puppets
#Dregerface was a thing last night.

Pirates News

Pirates 2, Bruins 1: Visentin slams the door against Providence - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
The Coyotes goalie prospect made 48 saves in the win.

Pirates, Visentin stand tall against Providence - Maine Hockey Journal
Portland found a way to grab another win. Of concern, OEL and Gonch were scratches again.

01/02/2013 - Eye on the Pirates Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Dave Vest looks back at the past week in Portland.

Gladiators News

Gladiators start new year with loss in Ft. Wayne - Gwinnett Daily Post
Phoenix goalie prospect Louis Domingue took the loss.

Sundogs News

Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs Supply Fireworks for a Happy New Year - Five For Howling
Valerie takes a look at the Dogs home stand against the Bloomington Blaze.

News From Around the Hockey World

Great Work, Eklund! - Edmonton Journal
Jonathan Willis argues no one should ever congratulate Eklund on actually getting a story right.

The Final Howl

2012 - The NHL year in review - Down Goes Brown

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