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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - Off-season Begins

No more hockey until September but the 2013 NHL Entry Draft is Sunday and free agency follows a few days later.

Christian Petersen

Coyotes News

NHL's "Plan D" for the Phoenix Coyotes - Five For Howling
By now you've all heard about Seattle being "Plan B" for the NHL, and Quebec City is likely "Plan C," but let's take a look at some little known plans for NHL's "Plan D."

NHL Draft Week: The Five Worst Draft Picks in Phoenix Coyotes History - Five For Howling
In less than two decades, the Phoenix Coyotes have found some real gems and dug up some fool's gold in the NHL Entry Draft. Who were the five worst draft picks in the history of the team?

06/25/2013 - Knickle Interview - Part 1 Video -
Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Knickle answers questions about the upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Coyotes Rumor Roundup - Nebulous Verbosity
Some local businesses don't like the idea of the Coyotes leaving, and a deeper look at the Fox Sports story linked above.

NHL willing to give Glendale 5 years to pay off $25M owed for Coyotes arena deal - Phoenix Business Journal
The National Hockey League is open to giving the city of Glendale more time to pay.

City Hall, escrow account come into play in Coyotes saga - Fox Sports Arizona
It seemed inevitable that the $25 million payments would come up at some point.

A Look at The How The Phoenix Coyotes Ended Up In Their Current Situation | Sports with Neil - KUGR
Brendan did a brief overview of the nightmare that is the Coyotes ownership situation for a Seattle based sports blog. Check it out here.

Coyotes GM is ‘comfortable’ with Smith contract talks | ProHockeyTalk
"We have time to sort of mull it and digest it and figure out whether we want to go this route or not."

Pirates News

Allied on the Field - South Florida Gay News
Story about Andy Miele and his late friend Brendan Burke.

Sundogs News

Sundogs plan Wednesday press conference about 'leader' - The Prescott Daily Courier
"Not only have we made substantial improvements off the ice this summer, I'm excited to say that we've made head way on the ice which will help lead us to building a stronger team this summer."

News From Around the Hockey World

2013 Final TSN Draft Ranking: 1-10 - TSN
Check TSN's final NHL draft rankings - a compilation based on input from various scouts around the National Hockey League.

Report: Brent Sutter to coach Canada’s national junior team in 2014 | ProHockeyTalk
Had golden success for Team Canada in the past.

Stanley Cup Final TV ratings: Game 6 is ninth-most watched broadcast in league history -
Big numbers in the United States.

Five reasons Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup -
Strong play from their defensemen and smart coaching by Joel Quenneville are just two of the reasons the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.

2013 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs - ESPN
Hard hits, harsh words and huge performances: Pierre LeBrun lists his favorite moments from the 2013 NHL playoffs.

Dave Lozo’s Bag Skate: The offseason will be an orgy of trades, signings and buyouts like never before | Backhand Shelf
Trades, signings, buyouts; Oh my!

Berglund, Blues Agree to Deal in Principle | TrueHockey
One-year deal for the Blues' center.

ASU Hockey: Offseason Moves Keep Sun Devils On Top - House of Sparky
The ASU hockey team may be losing seven seniors and two transfers, but coach Greg Powers' recruiting abilities put all doubts to rest.

Let's Watch A Flyers Beat Writer Throw Ilya Bryzgalov Under The Bus - Deadspin
Let's also watch a Flyers beat writer never get an inside scoop from a player ever again.

Wildcat Hockey Releases 13-14 Schedule | Arizona Wildcat Hockey
The Wildcats will play ASU eight times in the new Western Collegiate Hockey League.

Boston Bruins look for positives after painful end to roller-coaster NHL season - The Hockey News
"It's going to take a little while before we can realize the accomplishment that we had in making it to the finals again, but right now it doesn't feel good."

Penguins tabbed favorites for 2014 Stanley Cup; Blackhawks second -
Odds are already out for next NHL season. The Coyotes are tied for 2nd worst at 50-to-1 odds.

Bye-bye Bryzgalov: Flyers will use compliance buyout | ProHockeyTalk
The end of an era. A short, acrimonious era.

Kiprusoff informs Finnish national team of retirement plans (Updated) | ProHockeyTalk
That would be news to the Calgary Flames.

Sakic, Roy leaning towards MacKinnon for top pick | ProHockeyTalk
Right move? Should they take Seth Jones?

Ranking the 8 greatest photos of Chicago Blackhawks locker room celebration (Gallery) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
A look into the room after winning it all.

Chicago Blackhawks veterans savor first Stanley Cup victory -
Includingformer Coyotes Michal Handzus and Michal Rozsival.

NHL offseason 2013: Goalie market primed with potential opportunity -
The trade of Jonathan Bernier could be the first of several offseason moves that involve a goaltender joining a new team.

The Stanley Cup Final hockey fans deserved -
We almost didn't get NHL hockey this year, but we waited and were rewarded with the Stanley Cup Final we all deserved.

The Final Howl

Cherrypicking: Ten of the Greatest Day-After Panic Trade Tweets - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Not everyone in Boston is taking the Cup loss well.