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Coyotes Tracks - December 12, 2011 - Walt In The Hall

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The Phoenix Coyotes may not be in the news today, but their former captain is. Keith Tkachuk, along with Chris Chelios, Gary Suter, Flyers owner Ed Snider, and NBC's Mike 'Doc' Emerick will be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame tonight in Chicago. Next Friday, Tkachuk will be inducted into the Coyotes Ring of Honor.

Coyotes News

Tkachuk left indelible mark on Coyotes' Doan - - U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
Shane Doan talks about what he learned from Keith Tkachuk.

Tkachuk developed into one of top U.S. power forwards - - U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
In case you missed this one in yesterday's Tracks, here is Dave Lozo's excellent piece on Walt's career.

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith takes blame for loss - The Arizona Republic
The Yotes new goalie is a stand up guy.

NHL insider: Positive reviews despite concerns with realignment - The Arizona Republic
Includes quotes from GMDM and Coach Tippett, plus a blurb about Ovi.

More links after the jump...

Pirates News

Pirates can’t hold lead against Manchester - Maine Hockey Journal
Portland lost in a shootout on Sunday.

Shootout loss ends a good weekend for Pirates - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Brett MacLean potted another goal in the Pirates loss.

Gladiators News

Gladiators pick up point in shootout loss - Gwinnett Daily Post
The Glads lost to the Rays again on Sunday.

Sundogs News

News From Around the Hockey World

Sharks start strong but finish with a whimper, lose to the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime - Fear The Fin
The Sharks lost, but got a valuable point against the Hawks.

Kings close to firing Coach Terry Murray -
The Crowned Ones may be finally be sick of the inconsistency since Murray became bench boss.

Video: Claude Giroux’s ninja reflexes dodge Malkin headshot - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
You don't expect to have to monitor your perennial all-stars for this kind of dirty stuff.

Murray placed on I.R., Niittymaki returns
It was a busy Sunday for the Sharks. (s/t to Fear The Fin)

Chara Likely Unavailable This Week - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Chara's knee injury doesn't appear too serious. he may be back in time for the team's visit to the Valley.

CHL commissioner predicts the end of fighting in junior hockey - ProHockeyTalk
CHL President David Branch thinks there is a "changing attitude" towards fighting.

Dale Hunter has unfinished business with Capitals - The Washington Post
The new Caps coach wants to finally get his name on the Cup.

Report: Marty Turco signs short-term deal with EC Salzburg - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
He may be bummed when he finds out Pierre McGuirre doesn't do games in the Swiss league.

No substitute for patience -
The article is about Flyers prospects, but really can be applied to any organization. (s/t to Broad Street Hockey).

The Final Howl

Sunday Comics: Call of Duty, Artem Anisimov edition - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports

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