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Coyotes Tracks - May 30, 2012 - Cup Contest Commences

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May 29; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the Stanley Cup on display during media day for the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
May 29; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the Stanley Cup on display during media day for the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

The sport that time (and NBC) forgot is back tonight. The Stanley Cup Final begins at 5 p.m. MST on NBC. There are reasons to cheer for either squad. For instance, the Kings are in a non-traditional market, have an American goalie, people in their front office with a sense of humor, and their franchise didn't ruin hockey for a decade or more with the Trap. On the hand, The Devils have the American captain who doesn't spend his off-ice hours taking acting classes, the skilled play of Ilya Kovalchuk, plus they aren't the division rival that beat the Coyotes in the last round. Even if you don't care who wins it should be a fun series to watch.

In today's Tracks we have links on the Cup Final, Phil Lance signing an ELC with the Yotes, and more.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

Coyotes sign Lane to Entry-Level Contract - Maine Hockey Journal
The Yotes signed their 2nd round pick from 2010 on Tuesday.

Congrats Phoenix Coyotes For An Amazing 2011-12 Season! - YouTube
FOX Sports Arizona's tribute to the Yotes season.

McConnell's Blog: Future is Bright for Coyotes - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
The Yotes first year television voice thinks "the team’s future is quite exciting."

News From Around the Hockey World

Jack Jablonski Reports Movement in His Left Side - Hockey Wilderness
Great news!

5 Reasons You Should Cheer for the LA Kings - Jewels From The Crown
At least Dustin Brown isn't on the list.

Chris Jones takes the Stanley Cup to Port Hope - ESPN The Magazine - ESPN
What the Kings & Devils will be playing for.

Carter-Richards reunion has Kings thinking Stanley Cup - Washington Times
I'm guessing Paul Holmgren didn't get any holiday cards from them this year.

10 reasons to be pumped about the Stanley Cup Final match-up - Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Justin Bourne gives his list of why he thinks we should be stoked for this year's Final.

Parise, Brown ready to make U.S. hockey proud - Los Angeles Kings
An American captain will get to raise the Stanley Cup over their head this year.

NHL Stanley Cup Finals Preview: Devils and Kings Series Has Both Team and Individual Sub-Plots - YouTube
OTF's Dirk Hoag previews the Final.

2012 NHL Mock Draft: Defending Big D's First Round, Part 2 - Defending Big D
We brought the first of these yesterday. Next up is Managing Editor Brandon Worley's picks.

Hockey in Brooklyn: KHL president says two regular-season games set for Barclays Center | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Russia's top pro league is looking to expand their audience to North America.

Plenty Of Strong Candidates For Few NHL Coaching Vacancies - SBNation.com
Five of the six coaches mentioned are retreads.

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: Kings vs Devils: The 2012 Stanley Cup preview

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