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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - NHL Devils?

Is the league preparing to assume control of another NHL franchise? Where is the best place to sit in Arena? Answers to these questions and more in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Reflecting on a much-maligned 2009 column about poor attendance in Phoenix | Backhand Shelf
Aside from ownership, is there more to the Coyotes low attendance numbers over recent years?

'Lock, 'Dock and Barrel: Best Place to Sit in Arena - Five For Howling
A special look at seating in with special guest Brett Murdock.

Phoenix Coyotes chairman and governor George Gosbee’s financial acumen helped close the purchase of team -
He’s being hyped as the closer, the one brought in to consummate IceArizona’s bid to purchase the Coyotes, who breezed by the four-year stockpile of failed proposals, curious would-be suitors and unfortunate relocation rumors. And based on the result in a relatively limited time, that’s a fair assessment of George Gosbee.

Phoenix Coyotes Preseason Countdown: 39 Days - Five For Howling
A look ahead...way the 39th game of the Phoenix Coyotes season on this 39th day before the first puck drop.

Top 10 Prospects 2013: Phoenix Coyotes - Hockey Prospectus
Organizational look at the top prospects in the system.

Gladiators News

Amerks hire John Wroblewski as assistant coach | Democrat and Chronicle |
The former coach of the Gladiators is now an assistant in the AHL.

News From Around the Hockey World

The National Hockey League Devils? Report says it's coming - NHL - Sporting News
Oh dear.

NHL to take control of Devils; Philadelphia 76ers owners eying purchase: Reports | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
At least it's possible that this won't last for four years.

NHL shrinks goalie pads again -
The NHL has confirmed a rule change regarding the size of goaltender's equipment.

Stability makes Chicago Blackhawks favorite again - - 30 in 30
The Chicago Blackhawks are again a favorite after returning most of their championship-winning roster.

Sweden defeats U.S. with power play at World Juniors Evaluation camp -
Sweden has scored 8 of its 12 goals against the United States on the power play, including two in a 4-0 win at Junior Evaluation Camp on Wednesday.

Stephen Walkom takes over NHL officiating as Terry Gregson retires -
Chicago fans, rejoice!

The Final Howl

The Forgettable Final Years of 17 NHL Veterans - The Triangle Blog - Grantland