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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - The End is Near

A lot of things are nearing their conclusion. 2012 is almost over, Greg Jamison appears to be on the cusp of completing his purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes, and the lockout may be showing signs of ending soon. More on those stories, plus some results from the World Juniors, a bad loss for ASU North of the border, and some hockey stories to smile about heading into the new year.

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Grant Halverson

Coyotes News

There are no gift clause violations in Coyotes arena lease deal - Nebulous Verbosity
George Fallar examines the biggest thorn in the side of previous lease deals: the Gift Clause.

Coyotes referendum comes up short - AZCentral
Surrpise, surprise, surprise.

I Say, Zip Up Your Pants, Sir! - Yotesgurl Presents…..
The Lockout is causing AJ to lose it.

World Junior Championships News

Russia routs Germany, Sweden beats Latvia at juniors - TSN
The results from this morning's action.

Russia Defeats United States 2-1 on Friday - Western College Hockey Blog
After a strong start against Germany, the United States found itself on the losing end against the tournament hosts.

Canada overcomes adversity, doubles up Slovakia 6-3 - Eyes On The Prize
It was a rough start for Canada, but they managed to get the win anyway.

Canada's Lipon suspended for one game - TSN
The Canadian's will now be without two of their players for Sunday's game against Team USA.

Lockout News

NHL makes new offer; lockout at critical stage - FOX Sports Arizona
With cancellation of entire season approaching, NHL makes new, 'comprehensive' offer to players.

Report: NHL makes concessions in new offer to union | ProHockeyTalk
Turns out that hill the NHL owners die on can be any number of nearby hills.

NHL sides still have plenty of work to do | Hockey | CBC Sports
Read the second sentence of this article to save what's left of your sanity.

NHL lockout 2012: Jan. 11 the drop-dead date, according to report -
A 48-game season is the minimum number that Gary Bettman has stated he's willing to entertain.

The myth of 'Lost Livelihoods' through the NHL lockout - Arctic Ice Hockey
People complain that livelihoods are being lost to the NHL lockout. But are they really? Who exactly is getting the shaft as the lockout drags on?

Let the buyout debates begin | ProHockeyTalk
Scott Gomez is an obvious candidate.

Gladiators News

Gladiators stung by South Carolina, 4-0 | AccessNorthGa
The Glads have stumbled of late.

Sundogs News

Blaze's Booras records hat trick in rout of Sundogs - The Prescott Daily Courier
The Sundogs dropped this game 6-3.

News From Around the Hockey World

ASU Hockey - Outmatched Against the Thunderbirds - Cronkite Sports
ASU lost its second consecutive game this season, this time in lopsided fashion.

Lightning G Anders Lindback no longer with Ilves Tampere but okay after "weird" injury | Tampa Bay Times
Tampa will be relying on Lindback to keep the puck out of the net.

Report: Columbus and Winnipeg trade conferences in a shortened season | ProHockeyTalk
It would be for at least one season.

Nashville Predators top stories of 2012: No. 1 | The Tennessean |
Alexander Radulov's return, and subsequent meltdown in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Coyotes, is the number one Predators story of the year, according to Josh Cooper.

Americans hockey: Phoenix native Lomax adapting well to icy Great Falls winter | Great Falls Tribune |
Neat article about a Valley native getting some playing time in up north.

The Final Howl

Puck Daddy’s top 10 feel-good hockey stories of 2012 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports