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With the Coyotes playing in Canada's capital, we learned what has been sidelining Coyotes Captain Shane Doan and more in today's tracks.

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Coyotes News

Radim Vrbata confident about future of Coyotes and his next contract | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Vrbata is looking for an extension with the Coyotes.

Phoenix Coyotes' Rusty Klesla showing positive results after demotion | AZ Central
Klesla was recalled from the Portland Pirates after an injury sidelined Zbynek Michalek.

Stocking stuffers for the Coyotes fans in your life - Five For Howling
A list of excellent gift choices for the discerning Coyotes fans in your life.

Phoenix Coyotes identify Shane Doan's illness -
Coyotes captain Shane Doan will not join the team on their current road trip before the league breaks for Christmas, but the team has been able to identify his illness.

NHL - Take notice of Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson - ESPN
Everyone else is just figuring out how good OEL is. Pssh. Latecomers.

Portland Pirates

Portland Pirates drop lawsuit against civic center, seek ‘middle ground’ — Business — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
The issues between the Portland Pirates and the Cumberland County Civic Center continue.

News From Around the Hockey World

Tomas Hertl could miss month with knee injury; NHL rookie race shaken up? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Dustin Brown collided with Hertl which ultimately lead to said knee injury.

Report: No fine or suspension for Dustin Brown | ProHockeyTalk
After another knee to knee collision and saying that the NHL referees were wrong Brown will not be receiving supplemental discipline.

Pekka Rinne Injury Update: Two More Weeks... - On the Forecheck
The Nashville Predators provided an update on the recovery of franchise goaltender Pekka Rinne this afternoon, and while the news sounds positive, we're still in for a long wait before he'll be ready to play again.

Report: Bettman hears Thornton’s appeal, no announcement this weekend | ProHockeyTalk
Thornton made his case, now to see if Commissioner Bettman will reduce his suspension.

Varlamov cleared of all charges - Mile High Hockey
Just like OJ Simpson, Varlamov is not guilty in the eyes of the law.

Avoiding a Shanaban: Examining Both Sides of the Tom Wilson Hit - Japers' Rink
Both sides of the debate.

The Final Howl

NHL Grab Bag: #SeaofBoo - The Triangle Blog - Grantland