It has been less than 48 hours since the end of the 2011-12 NHL season. Last night the TV airwaves were filled with basketball, baseball, and soccer. All fine sports, but still no substitute for puck. The summer doldrums have begun. In today's Final Howl link, a Habs fan makes some suggestions on what NHL fans should do during the off-season.
Links after the jump...
The Desert Dog Blog: Next Few Weeks Will be Busy for Coyotes, NHL - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
In his latest blog, Dave Vest explains how the NHL Awards, the NHL Entry Draft and the free-agent signing period are all right around the corner.
Shane Doan: Coyotes captain or cowboy? - ABC 15
Turns out the Coyotes captain is trading in his skates for cowboy boots this summer and it's something he's been doing for years.
06/12/2012 - Interview with Boedker Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Mikkel Boedker talks to Dave Vest about the season.
Coyotes deal bad; best to live with it - The Arizona Republic
Republic opinion columnist Robert Robb isn't thrilled with the Yotes deal, but realizes the city losing their anchor tenant at Westgate isn't going to help things.
Coyotes forcing Glendale to choose from two bad options - ArizonaSports.com
Adam Green's column is in a similar vein to Robb's one linked above.
Glendale's Phoenix Coyotes deal gets community backlash - The Arizona Republic
The Yotes deal was a major topic of debate at last night's COG City Council meeting.
The Pirates are set to play 6 games in Lewiston next season, in part due to renovations this Fall to their home building in Portland.
News From Around the Hockey World
NHL Mock Draft 2012: Islanders, Maple Leafs, Ducks Make Selections Tuesday - SBNation.com
SB Nation's annual NHL Mock Draft has begun. FFH's late first round pick for the Yotes will be announced next week.
Devils let deadline pass without giving up 2012 first-round draft pick - Fire & Ice
The Devils are required to give up a first-round draft pick for their initial failed Ilya Kovalchuck contract, but they won't be giving it up this year.
Sizing Up the Zach Parise Sweepstakes - In Lou We Trust
Looking at the cases for teams who are in the potentially in the running for Devils captain Zach Parise.
Three controversial hits that made an impact on the Kings’ Cup run - ProHockeyTalk
Interestingly enough 2 of the 3 hits were delivered by the Kings, not against the Kings.
CBC’s year-end montage is a fitting conclusion to the 2011-12 season (VIDEO) - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
A fairly quick way to re-live this past NHL season.
Brave New World: @Strombone1, Player Personality and Subversive Access in the era of "Digital Fame" | CanucksArmy
Exploring the relationship between online media and players.
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