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SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 20: Raffi Torres #37 of the Phoenix Coyotes warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers on December 20, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 20: Raffi Torres #37 of the Phoenix Coyotes warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers on December 20, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Sunday was a light day of hockey news. However, there was still some and we've got links as usual for you. Raffi Torres is going to have a conversation with Mr. Shanahan, Jordan discusses the Phoenix Coyotes prospects at the AHL level, news that Mike Smith might be returning to action before too long, a change in today's Winter Classic start time, and more below.

Coyotes News

Raffi Torres Facing Possible Suspension For Hit on Nate Prosser - Five For Howling
Third times a charm?

Phoenix Coyotes Could Look to Portland For Reinforcements - Five For Howling
Possible reinforcements for Phoenix Coyotes struggling with injury bug.

Coyotes' Curtis McElhinney steps up in snapping skid - The Arizona Republic
Sarah McLellan on the newest member of the team, the logjam on the blueline, and more.

The Desert Dog Blog: Let's Empty the Mailbag! - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
Updates on Mike Smith, the Yotes D, and the three prospects at the WJC.

More links after the jump...

News From Around the Hockey World

Winter Classic will start at 3 p.m., not 1 p.m. - Broad Street Hockey
For the second year in a row the league moved back the start time due to weather concerns.

Bobrovsky starts, Bryzgalov benched with thermos for Winter Classic - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Lavy chooses Bob over Bryz.

Predators 5, Flames 3: Hats Off To Sergei - On the Forecheck
Sergei Kostitsyn gets a hat trick as the Preds won at home in Sunday's only NHL contest.

Josh Gorges signs six-year extension with Montreal - ProHockeyTalk
The defensive defensemen will reportedly make 23.4 million over the life of the deal.

Robin Lehner gets into altercation with refs during line brawl - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Its not every day you see a goalie lose a fight to a referee.

The Final Howl

Proposal on Ice Video - NHL VideoCenter - Philadelphia Flyers
This counted as hockey news on Sunday. Slow day.

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