Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - Let The Games Begin!

Bruce Bennett

The Stanley Cup Final begins tonight. The links below include several previews and things to watch during the Finals from around the hockey world.

Coyotes News

Roving Pack: ex-Coyotes in the Stanley Cup Final - Five For Howling
The Coyotes as a team may not have made it, but a quartet of former players will compete for the ultimate prize in hockey in 2013.

Doan Talks Baseball on FOX Sports Arizona - PhoenixCoyotes.com
Coyotes captain Shane Doan served as an analyst for FOX Sports Arizona on Saturday as part of the network’s coverage of the Arizona D-backs game.

RFP Bids Being Considered In Glendale For Non-hockey Arena Manager - Nebulous Verbosity
The deadline for RFP bids to have been submitted to Beacon and Glendale staff has been briefed on their contents. Now the real work begins.

Mock Draft Pick #12 - SenShot
Who does Sen Shot believe the Coyotes will take in the first round?

Pirates News

Portland Pirates Baxter 12 Raffle Raises $600 for Lewiston Fire Victims - PortlandPirates.com
Good deed from the Coyotes' AHL affiliate.

Gladiators News

Blaze swoop to snap up Ryan Ginand | Coventry Observer
The 27-year-old split last season with the Orlando Solar Bears and Gwinnett Gladiators in the ECHL.

Sundogs News

Contest challenges fans to design Sundogs' 2013-14 jerseys - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
Could your design become the new Sundogs jersey?

News From Around the Hockey World

CHL will phase out European goalies | ProHockeyTalk
They won't be eligible for the import draft starting in 2014.

How are the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff ratings on NBC? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Lockout? What lockout?

Three things that won’t make any difference whatsoever in the Stanley Cup Final | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Death to false narratives!

Down Goes Brown: 2013 Stanley Cup Final preview
Final preview from our favorite Twitter parody account.

Video reviews for diving? Inside NHL Competition Committee’s landmark replay decision | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Could video review of 4 minute high stick penalties lead to reviews for diving?

Finals wait worth it for Rozsival - DailyHerald.com
While much of the talk heading into the Stanley Cup Finals has centered around all the young Blackhawks and how pumped they are to participate in their first Stanley Cup Finals, there’s a certain older guy in the room who’s just as excited. Say hello to 34-year-old defenseman Michal Rozsival.

Raffi Torres wants to return to San Jose | ProHockeyTalk
"It’s not going to be hard to make a decision to stay here. They know I want to."

Charges approved against 229 people accused in Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver - The Hockey News
The other shoe has indeed dropped 2 years later.

NHL, NHL Network Stanley Cup Final predictions - NHL.com
NHL.com and NHL Network weighs in on the 2013 Stanley Cup Final and how long the series will be.

Chicago Blackhawks fan’s ‘playoff lawn’ cut down in its prime by city | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Apparently beards are not the only thing fans grow in the playoffs.

Broadcaster Harry Neale and writer Jay Greenberg to enter Hockey Hall of Fame - The Hockey News
Two new additions to the HHOF

Evander Kane defends Chad Johnson's courtroom ass slap in epic Twitter rant. - Arctic Ice Hockey
Evander Kane didn't agree with the thirty day sentence levied on former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson after he slapped his male lawyer on the ass. So, he did what any like-minded youth would do: he took to social media.

Dustin Byfuglien weighed 302 pounds by end of Winnipeg’s season: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Not the first time his weight has been an issue. A headline a few months ago read, "Dustin Byfuglien apparently not locked out of his refrigerator this summer."

Former Habs goalie coach: Carey Price is ‘deteriorating’ | ProHockeyTalk
He thinks it started when he left. (surprised?)

EA Sports NHL 14: Feast your eyes on the 1st official trailer (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The best NHL series of video games continues with NHL 14, set to release in September.

Five things to watch when Blackhawks face Bruins in Stanley Cup finals for 1st time - The Hockey News
The two teams haven't met since 2011.

Destiny on Bruins side in Stanley Cup finals? - Fox Sports Arizona
Are the Bruins the team of destiny? Craig Morgan discusses just that.

The Syracuse Crunch must pull itself out of that Calder Cup Finals ditch | Syracuse.com
Down 2-0 and with the next three games in this best-of-seven series scheduled for Grand Rapids, the Crunch will need to find their mojo in Michigan.

The Final Howl

Do men and women feel differently about hockey? Chicago morning show’s hacky investigation (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Yay for awkward videos!

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