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Tuesday's Coyotes Tracks - Everyone Heads Back to Work

With many of the players returning to their teams, the ramp up for the regular season begins in earnest. We have Todd Walsh interviews with Mike Smith and Shane Doan, final reflections on the lockout, a couple of big names bowing out of NHL hockey, and the epic conclusion to the greatest telling of the NHL lockout ever.

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Coyotes News

Coyotes back on ice with excitement, urgency - Fox Sports Arizona
Craig Morgan on what awaits the franchise.

Why Phoenix Suns Fans Should Become Phoenix Coyotes Fans - Five For Howling
10 reasons why basketball fans in the Valley should become fans of the Desert Dogs.

Phoenix Coyotes excited to get back on ice as a team - AZCentral
Player and GMDM quotes from beat reporter Sarah McClellan.

This Time..With FEELING!!! - Dave Zorn Sports Blog
Dave takes a sneak peek at the Pacific Division.

Lost games a win for NHL, fans -
Paul Calvisi thinks a shorter season may be a better deal for NHL fans.

Chirbit - Shane Doan - walshtodd
The captain was back from New York and back on the ice Monday.

Chirbit - Mike Smith - walshtodd -
Mike Smith spoke on Monday about the ending of the lockout.

Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan: Lockout 'tarnished' the sport -
Captain Coyote says he felt embarrassed.

Coyotes' captain Shane Doan optimistic sale of team will happen -
The team's fans share the captain's optimism.

01/07/2013 - Coyotes Look Ahead to 2012-13 Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
With the lockout over Dave Vest gets to interview players again.

Sunbelt Hockey Journal – Phoenix Coyotes: Questions That Need Answering
Mitch over at the Sunbelt Hockey Journal takes a loot at what to expect in the shortened 2013 season from the Coyotes.

Lockout News

Trades, cheat deals and more CBA details - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
News is slowly leaking out on CBA details.

NHL lockout timeline: Let's remember the whole nightmare -
In case you want to re-live the madness.

NHL lockout was disturbingly similar to NBA counterpart -
As several reporters noted throughout the process the NHL seemed to be using the same playbook.

Pirates News

Pirates' leading defenseman the first to head to Phoenix - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Pirates coach Ray Edwards says OEL is "still working through a few injury issues."

Portland Pirates Goaltender Mark Visentin Named CCM/AHL Player of the Week
Another Coyotes goalie prospect picks up an award.

Pirates will feel effects of the NHL lockout ending - Maine Hockey Journal
The Dogs AHL affiliate is about to lose their best D-man for the rest of the season plus other players to the team's abbreviated camp.

Gladiators News

Official Website - Gwinnett Gladiators - Weekly Update for 1/7
The Glads keep rolling.

Sundogs News

Nehring named Player of the Week; scored 7 goals in past four games - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
He's been some kind of good recently.

News From Around the Hockey World

NHL free agency: A list of available post-lockout free agents -
The lockout is over, and although most of free agency is done until summer, there are still some players lingering on the market.

Lubomir Visnovsky, reluctant Islander, announces he will stay in Slovakia; NHL disagrees | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Make him the second ex-Pacific Division player not happy about ending up on Long Island.

Trees for goals is now a thing because Andrew Ference is excellent - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Due to the lockout some of us may have forgotten how many good people there are in the sport.

2014 US World Junior Team: Who Is Going to Malmo? - Western College Hockey Blog
Chris Dilks from the Western College Hockey site looks at who potentially might make the roster for next year's World Juniors.

Saying Good-bye to the 10 Horrible People We Met During the NHL Lockout - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
There's a decent chance you knew/were one of these people at some point during this process.

Report: Tomas Holmstrom set to retire | ProHockeyTalk
Goaltenders everywhere rejoice.

Stanley Cup odds: Pacific champion Coyotes near the bottom, Oilers get a lot of love - Backhand Shelf
Nothing new here. The Coyotes, as always, get the Dangerfield treatment.

The Best in the Nation Square Off When #1 Minnesota Meets #2 Notre Dame - Western College Hockey Blog
For the second night in a row the Irish will be involved in a match up pitting #1 versus #2.

The Final Howl

Lockout Lit presents: excerpts from H.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Return of the League' - Lighthouse Hockey