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Monday's Coyotes Tracks - Villains and Wider Rinks

The Chicago Blackhawks take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals, while former Toronto GM Brian Burke advocates for a discussion about larger rinks.

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Coyotes News

Coyotes goalie wants reassurances to stay - USA Today
Mike Smith: "The biggest part about me signing back here will be: Is the ownership group coming in, is this going to be a place that free agents are going to want to come and play and are they going to spend the money to make this a better team on an every-year basis?"

Coyotes player helps reunite man with missing wallet via Twitter - My Fox Phoenix
Paul Bissonnette helped a tourist who lost his wallet by sending out a picture of it on Twitter.

News From Around the Hockey World

Blackhawks chase Kings' Quick in Game 2 win- NHL.com
Hawks take 2-0 series lead with a 4-2 win on Sunday night.

Brian Burke: time for NHL to think bigger rinks - Sports - The Boston Globe
"A wider rink should allow for more playmaking, more scoring, better power plays . . . overall, a greater emphasis on skill, but still with plenty of hitting."

Hey, Penguins: Tomas Vokoun has earned the right to start Game 2 vs. Bruins | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
A goaltending controversy has once again emerged in the steel city.

Report: Tim Thomas may attempt comeback next season | ProHockeyTalk
The now-Islanders goaltender may be between the pipes for someone for the 2013-2014 season.

Ohlund’s injury status has Tampa Bay in a bind | ProHockeyTalk
He hasn’t played since the end of the 2010-2011 season and he's got three years left on his contract.

Jack Todd: NHL fumbles puck with serial offender Cooke - The Province
"The NHL simply refuses to get serious about curbing the concussion epidemic. The game is still blame-the-victim."

The Final Howl

Good to see bad guys | Boston Herald
Steve Buckley believes the playoffs are more fun when there are a few villains.