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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - Winter Classic Put On Ice

Yesterday the NHL officially cancelled what is arguably hockey's premier showcase, the Winter Classic. We've got a bevy of links covering that and other lockout news, as well as Shane Doan venting some frustration about the Coyotes' naysayers and a win by the Portland Pirates in their home opener.

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Patrick McDermott

Coyotes News

Doan dealing with double dose of doubt - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Shane Doan says what every Coyotes fan has been saying for three years.

Shane Doan Expresses Frustration With Lockout and Progress on Coyotes Sale - Howlin' Hockey
FFH gets a nice stick-tap midway through the article.

Defense once again highlights Phoenix Coyotes' prospect system - Hockey's Future
As has been the case over the past few years, the Phoenix Coyotes prospect pool is built around their strong group of defensive prospects.

Winter Classic Cancellation News

Winter Classic 2013, Hockeytown Winter Festival officially canceled -
Where the two sides go from here is anyone's guess.

N.H.L. Cancels Winter Classic -
The cancellation of the league’s signature event, which was to be held on Jan. 1, was the latest and most significant result of the nearly seven-week lockout.

Winter Classic 2013: Refund policy for ticket holders -
If you or someone you know had tickets to this event, here's the lowdown on the refund policy.

Winter Classic 2013 canceled, but Big House to get 2014 game, says report -
Detroit and Toronto will get their shot next year.

NHL - The cancellation of 2013 Winter Classic won't take away what the game means to the sport - ESPN
Despite the cancellation of the 2013 game, the Winter Classic will rebound to again represent all that is good and pure about the game, Scott Burnside writes.

Why it’s OK the NHL canceled the 2013 Winter Classic | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Greg Wyshynski thinks the spirit of the Winter Classic would clash too much with the animosity of the lockout.

What they’re saying about the canceled Winter Classic | ProHockeyTalk
The wits on the Twitterverse were abuzz today...

Lockout News

Source: NHL willing to fund part of Make Whole provision to honor existing contracts - ESPN
The NHL may be willing to move on the main sticking point for the NHLPA.

NHL talks' No. 2 men to meet in undisclosed location - USA Today
Maybe Steve Fehr and Bill Daly can move along what Don Fehr and Gary Bettman could not.

Pirates News

Pirates Shut out IceCaps in Portland Opener, 3-0 - Official Website of the Portland Pirates
The Pirates first game in Portland was a good one for Chad Johnson.

Gladiators News

Gladiators too much for Solar Bears in 4-1 win | AccessNorthGa
Evan Bloodoff is on some kind of tear down in Gwinnett.

News From Around the Hockey World

ASU Hockey: Five Keys to Beating #17 Arizona - House of Sparky
Arizona State hockey is seeking 28 straight Cactus Cup wins, and Nick Marek breaks down the 5 keys to a Sun Devil series sweep.

NHL Lockout 2012: Will The Dallas Stars Survive A Lost Season? - Defending Big D
Phoenix isn't the only Southern market team that needs to build some momentum.

Report: Steen hurts thigh playing for Modo, will miss at least three weeks | ProHockeyTalk
He has 14 points in 15 games with the Swedish Elite League team.

Markham’s NHL arena dreams take a hit, courtesy of deputy mayor | National Post
Seems a lot of cities are hesitant to build new facilities without a guarantee that a team will be there, even in Canada.

The Final Howl

AHL Bridgeport offers free tickets in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy | ProHockeyTalk