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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - Sweden Playing For Gold Again

Yesterday, Team USA learned who they would be facing for the gold at the World Juniors as Team Sweden beat the hometown Russian team in a shootout. Additionally there were stories about the lockout that should make you feel optimistic, and some that will make you pessimistic.

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LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 07: Filip Forsberg #16 of Team Sweden skates against Team Finland at the USA hockey junior evaluation camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Center on August 7, 2012 in Lake Placid, New York. Team Sweden defeated Finland 8-2.
LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 07: Filip Forsberg #16 of Team Sweden skates against Team Finland at the USA hockey junior evaluation camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Center on August 7, 2012 in Lake Placid, New York. Team Sweden defeated Finland 8-2.
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Coyotes News

Coyotes Prospects Thriving on Many Levels - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Connor Murphy, Mark Visentin, and Andy Miele are thriving on their respective teams, to name a few.

World Junior Championships News

World Juniors: Sweden dumps Russia, advances to second straight final | ProHockeyTalk
US versus Sweden for the Gold.

This shootout goal moved Sweden past Russia into the gold medal game | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
A nifty little goal won the shootout.

Dave Starman: Fast start delivers Americans shot at gold medal - 2013 World Junior Championship
Starman says Connor Murphy was the sleeper of the game.

Mirtle: Americans continue ascent in hockey world - The Globe and Mail
It's all about the numbers.

Many reasons for Canadian juniors' semifinal flop | Hockey | CBC Sports
Let the Canadian hand-wringing begin.

World Junior hockey 2013: Canada really isn't happy about losing to USA - SBNation.com
In the words of a certain enigmatic goalie: "Why you hef to be mad?"

Spector on WJHC: Beat down of epic proportion - sportsnet.ca
The Americans were better than Canada on every front Thursday, in one of the most lopsided routs delivered to a favoured Canadian club in international hockey.

Lockout News

Will NHL’s move on salary variance still curb cap circumvention? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The NHL hopes to prevent cap circumvention. Will it work?

Gary Bettman ‘prepared to cancel NHL season’ next week: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Let's hope it doesn't come to this.

NHL Memorandum of Law
Some heavy reading. Jordan, please translate?

Gladiators News

Lee Selected to ECHL All-Star Team - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Phoenix goalie prospect Mike Lee will be playing in the ECHL All-Star Game later this month.

Sundogs News

Pierce Acquired From Missouri - Sundogs News
Interesting note: Pierce spent last season playing for the same U.K. club Paul Bissonnette is playing for during the lockout.

News From Around the Hockey World

Jeff Vanderbeek Now Fully Owns the New Jersey Devils - In Lou We Trust
Vanderbeek bought out the two other groups that owned 53 percent of the team.

Jeff Vanderbeek takes over sole ownership of Devils... - Fire & Ice
One ownership situation taken care of. Phoenix next?

Alberta opposition proposes lottery to fund new arenas for Oilers, Flames | ProHockeyTalk
The Oilers and Flames both want new arenas. Is this the way to pay for them?

The Final Howls

Here’s the most adorable moment of U.S.’s World Junior win over Canada (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Hockey brings out the best in us and the worst.

‘Bettman and Hobbes’ is the tale of a mischievous commissioner and his imaginary friend | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports