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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - Starting Strong

Vrby's hat trick, Greiss' mask and the return of Ilya Bryzgalov.

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Christian Petersen

Coyotes News

New York Rangers vs Phoenix Coyotes Recap: Sombrero Trick on Opening Night - Five For Howling
The Coyotes defeated the Rangers 4-1 on Thursday with the help of Radim Vrbata's hat trick.

Phoenix Coyotes' Radim Vrbata scores hat trick in season-opening win over the New York Rangers -
Radim Vrbata scored a hat trick as the Coyotes opened the 2013-14 season with a 4-1 win over the Rangers at Arena.

Teal mask might have left Phoenix Coyotes backup goalie Thomas Greiss red- -
It looked like backup goalie Thomas Greiss was going to have to start the season with a teal mask.

Vrbata's hat trick powers Coyotes past Rangers -
Hats (and t-shirts) reigned down in Glendale Thursday night

Feel-good opening night for victorious Coyotes - Fox Sports Arizona
Dave Tippett's crew turned in a good performance on opening night.

All is swell as new era begins: Phoenix Coyotes finally on stable ice - AZCentral
Scott Bordow writes on the team's stability off the ice.

Pregame ceremony provides boost to the Phoenix Coyotes - AZCentral
“It felt like a playoff game again”

News From Around the Hockey World

Canadian Supreme Court judge under scrutiny after NHL Draft claim | ProHockeyTalk
Marc Nadon backtracked after originally saying he was picked by Detroit.

Niklas Hjalmarsson: The NHL's Most Underappreciated Defenseman? - Second City Hockey
The Chicago Blackhawks have one of the very best defensemen in the game, but Niklas Hjalmarsson doesn't get near the credit he deserves for such prowess. Written by FFH/SCH's Randy Holt.

NHL rumors: Ilya Bryzgalov close to signing deal with ECHL Las Vegas -

Buffalo Sabres LW Ville Leino out indefinitely with broken rib - ESPN
Oft-injured Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino is out of the lineup once again, this time because of a broken rib.

Leafs’ Rielly could debut Saturday as Fraser goes on IR | ProHockeyTalk
Was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Bruins extend Seidenberg: four years, $16 million | ProHockeyTalk
Just one day after GM Peter Chiarelli called it a "pretty high" priority.

Patrick Roy fined $10,000 for outburst vs. Anaheim | ProHockeyTalk
According to Patrick Roy.

Thornton’s agent (his brother) sees him staying in San Jose | ProHockeyTalk
"On an open market, he would get large offers. I don't think that's what he's looking for."

Jets sign ’13 first-rounder Morrissey to entry-level deal | ProHockeyTalk
Fifth defenseman off the board at this year's draft.

Five players that could steal Sidney Crosby’s Hart | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Sidney Crosby won his first and thus far only Hart Trophy back in 2006-07. That's crazy.

Flyers send Laughton to OHL | ProHockeyTalk
And call up Kris Newbury from the AHL.

Pominville signs five-year extension with Wild | ProHockeyTalk
Cap hit of $5.6 million.

Malhotra signs PTO with AHL Charlotte | ProHockeyTalk
Suffered serious eye injury in 2011.

Florida Panthers: Jonathan Huberdeau to Play on Aleksander Barkov's Wing
Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov will start the 2013-14 season on the same line. Are they ready?

Fitness no issue this time around for Lucic | ProHockeyTalk
Unlike last season.

Capitals Acquire Alexander Urbom - Japers' Rink
Washington picked the young D-man off waivers from New Jersey. He could be in their lineup as soon as Saturday.

Capitals vs. Flames Recap: Rough Start, Smooth Finish in Caps' 5-4 Shootout Win - Japers' Rink
Caps erased an early 3-0 deficit. Former Coyote Lee Stempniak scored a goal for the Flames.

Game 1 Recap: Penguins 3, Devils 0 - PensBurgh
The Pens win came at a cost as James Neal left the game early due to injury.

The Final Howl

Zeitgeist: NHL Shuts Down In Impasse Over Fighting - Lighthouse Hockey