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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Bettman Talks, Burke Walks

Yesterday, the NHL owners ratified the CBA. The players are expected to do the same on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs, in a strange bit of timing, fired their GM Brian Burke. We've got the details on both items, Coyotes news, and more in today's links.

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Coyotes News

2013 Phoenix Coyotes Season Preview: Goaltending - Five For Howling
Smitty and Barbs back together again.

01/09/2013 - Let There Be Ice! Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
It's tantalizingly close.

Manchester Phoenix News

Manchester Phoenix TV 08/01/12 - YouTube
This week's episode focuses on two players who left the club this past week.

News From Around the Hockey World

Board of Governors ratifies new Collective Bargaining Agreement - - News
Now we wait on the NHLPA.

Gary Bettman apologizes for NHL lockout -
A quick synopsis of the what happened in the two video links below.

01/09/2013 - Bettman's CBA Statement Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The Commissioner's statement on CBA ratification yesterday.

01/09/2013 - Bettman Q &A Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The Q &A session after the Commissioner's statement.

Brian Burke Fired As GM, Kept On As Corporate Advisor - Pension Plan Puppets
The firing was not a total the surprise, the timing however was.

New Leafs owners said to dislike Burke from get-go - The Globe and Mail
Was Burke not 'corporate' enough for Bell &Rogers?

Philadelphia Flyers kicking the tires on Roberto Luongo trade? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
How do we know the NHL is truly back? Flyers trade rumors!

Pavel Datsyuk to Play KHL All-Star Game, Like He Should - Winging It In Motown
Dats is joining Kovy in sticking around for an extra day to play in the KHL's showcase game.

Nick Backstrom is Visiting a Specialist in Michigan - Russian Machine Never Breaks
Caps chances of doing damage in the East would take a huge hit if Backstrom is out for significant time.

San Jose Sharks: Dominic Moore's wife dies - San Jose Mercury News
The former San Jose Shark lost his wife to cancer on Monday. (s/t to Fear The Fin)

Arizona hockey closer than ever to nationals - Arizona Daily Wildcat
On what it will take for the Wildcats to make the ACHA national tournament.

Please Don't Push Lubomir Visnovsky's Emotions - Lighthouse Hockey
Lubo REALLY doesn't seem to want to play on Long Island.

Why should NHL players apologize for anything? - Arctic Ice Hockey
They didn't lock themselves out.

The Final Howl

Biz is Back - Fox Sports Arizona
Biz knows hockey. Geography not so much.