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Coyotes Tracks - January 27, 2012 - Alfie Drafts Yandle

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Phoenix Coyotes defensemen Keith Yandle was selected by Daniel Alfredsson in Round 11 of last night's NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. You can watch Yandle play in the Skills Competition on the NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. MST on Saturday night and in Sunday's All-Star game at 2 p.m. MST on NBC

If you are looking for a hockey game to pay attention to tonight with the NHL on ASG hiatus, the Portland Pirates, The Coyotes AHL club, takes on one of their old affiliates, the Springfield Falcons, this evening at 5:00 p.m. MST.

In today's Tracks we've got links on Yandle's draft experience, Gary Bettman stating their is another ownership group interested in the Coyotes, The Gladiators getting a big win last night, as well as a plethora of hockey related stuff for our loyal readers.

Coyotes News

Coyotes' Keith Yandle goes in 11th round of NHL All-Star draft - The Arizona Republic
Includes quotes from Yandle.

Yandle to Team Alfredsson Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Video from last night's player draft.

Bettman reveals 3rd group interested in Coyotes - - News
I'm wondering who the third group is. Hopefully this can all get done by the end of the year.

More links after the jump...

Gary Bettman claims there’s a third group interested in Coyotes - ProHockeyTalk
Certainly hard to be optimistic given recent comments.

Shane Doan interview Bickley & MJ
Shane Doan mentions the mystery LA ownership group (@about 4:15 in).

Off the Ice: Glendale vs. NHL is beginning of end -
Carter Nacke is pessimistic about the Yotes staying in Arizona. Can you blame him?

CISCO NHL Live - Don Maloney Video - NHL VideoCenter
GMDM talked with Deb Placey and Ken Danyeko on Wednesday.

Mike Smith - Phoenix Coyotes - Player Poll: Goalie Who Could Take A Shift - Photos -
Smitty tops the list.

Phoenix Coyotes got little return from high picks in 2007 draft - Hockey's Future
A "Where Are They Now" for the Coyotes 2007 picks.

01/26/2012 Coyotes Carnival Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Video recap of Sunday's festivities.

Pirates News

Pirates receive trio from Phoenix - Maine Hockey Journal
Chris Roy's article includes an update on the Pirates roster and injury issues as well.

Coyotes send help to Pirates - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Portland's roster is now bulging at the seams.

Gladiators News

Gladiators power past conference-leading Jackals - Gwinnett Daily Post
Gwinnett beats Elmira. Biggest news I learned from the recap was that Craig Rivet is still playing pro hockey?!?!

Gladiators finally see some different faces - Gwinnett Daily Post
The NHL may not be playing games for the next few days but the ECHL is.

Sundogs News

CHL: Sundogs give up 8 goals, losing streak hits 5 - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
The Sundogs continue to nosedive. They lost again on Wednesday night.

News From Around the Hockey World

Team Alfredsson: Where the Ottawa Senators and Team Sweden collide - Silver Seven
SB Nation's Ottawa blog is on the ground providing coverage from the ASG this weekend. Check in to the Silver Seven site often if you are interested in the ASG hoopla.

Logan Couture is a really good sport about things - Backhand Shelf -
The Sharks forward handled being picked last with humor and class last night.

The 2012 NHL Defensive All-Star Roster: What if it wasn’t all about scoring? - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
A look at an All-Star Roster that focused on defensive players. Martin Hanzal and Boyd Gordon are mentioned as rarely heralded defensive forwards.

The NHL's playoff push - The Globe and Mail
Projecting the records that the teams are going to need to have to get into the playoffs. The Coyotes are estimated to need to go 20-12-0.

The Player: Why NHL players rejected realignment, and why the backlash was worth it - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
An NHL player explains the rationale for the union rejecting re-alignment at this time.

Don Fehr's union sounds ready to take on NHL - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
The NHLPA may have their act together for the first time in memory.

Fenwick Rankings at All-Star Break - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Coyotes are right in the middle of the pack. Fenwick is basically Corsi minus blocked shots.

Breaking down the race for the West’s final playoff spots - ProHockeyTalk
A look at the wide open West.

Alex Ovechkin's Choice - Japers' Rink
Becca from JR with her take on Alex Ovechkin skipping the NHL ASG.

What's the Kings' plan for the trade deadline? What should it be? - Jewels From The Crown
To trade everyone to Columbus in return for Bret Ledba.

Sharks Improved Fourth Line Will Be Instrumental Down The Stretch - Fear The Fin
Mr. Plank looks at the new guys on the Sharks last line and compares them to the guys last season.

Antero Niittymaki, waived by Sharks: ‘I don’t want to be in this organization at all anymore’ - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Nitttymaki was told that he was put on waivers by the media. He doesn't want to play with the Sharks anymore. Obviously the Sharks don't want him either.

Vladimir Putin wants meeting with NHL for 2014 Sochi Games - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Putin would like the NHL to go to the 2014 Olympic games in Russia. I'm sure a lot of people besides the Russian leader would like to see that happen as well.

John-Michael Liles Extended - Pension Plan Puppets
He got a 4 year extension with the Leafs.

The Final Howl

Hendricks Gets an Earful - Dump 'n Chase
WARNING: Includes graphic photo.

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