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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Why not Yandlers?

It's the question on every Coyote fan's mind, why not Yandle? Find out who else was left out, who's retiring and more on today's tracks!

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Christian Petersen

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes' Keith Yandle left off U.S. hockey roster for 2014 Olympics
Despite last night and most of the season there just wasn't enough

Coyotes GM discusses Yandle missing out on Olympic nod | ProHockeyTalk
He was a surprise omission alongside the likes of Bobby Ryan.

Mike Smith Gets Job Done Despite Inconsistent Phoenix Coyotes Offense
A glowing review of the Coyote's #1 goalie.

The Phoenix Coyotes Should Host an Outdoor NHL Game --Phoenix New Times
The New Times makes a good case for us getting a game.

Pirates News

Gilbert Brule Retires, Considering Working As Firefighter - The Hockey House
"He decided that he didn’t want to live out of a suitcase anymore, was sick of living at hotels, and told me he was going to quit hockey – maybe become a firefighter," Coyotes GM Don Maloney said.

Olympic Hockey

2014 Olympics: Breaking down Team USA's roster for Sochi -
An in-depth look at the players that will make up the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Winter Olympics 2014: USA announces women's hockey roster -
21 players will represent the USA in women's hockey at the Sochi Olympics. Here they are.

Chandler's Lyndsey Fry makes U.S. women's hockey roster for 2014 Olympics
She playing alongside Phil Kessel's sister.

How the U.S. hockey team bound for the Sochi Olympics was named - ESPN
A fascinating look at how the Olympic roster got created, with Keith Yandle figuring prominently in the discussion.

Sochi Snubs: Ryan heads list of U.S. Olympic omissions | ProHockeyTalk
I mean why not Yandle?

CBC Sports - Poll: Have your say on Team USA --CBC
An interesting poll on the Yandle-Ryan situation.

News From Around the Hockey World

Winter Classic 2014 recap: Maple Leafs beat Red Wings in a shootout -
Not all Winter Classics have lived up to the name, but this low scoring affair through blowing snow wasn't the usual slow paced outdoor game, it was a back and forth, exciting game that was well worth the occasion.

Game 40: Tampa Bay Lightning at Vancouver Canucks - Raw Charge
The Lightning's speed and relentless transition offense went to work against the Vancouver Canucks, and the Bolts snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 4-2 win in Vancouver to kick off 2014.

Maple Leafs trade John-Michael Liles, prospect to Hurricanes for Tim Gleason -
The Maple Leafs have reportedly traded defenseman John-Michael Liles and a prospect to Carolina for defenseman Tim Gleason.

Using NHL precedent to determine Joffrey Lupul's suspension fate -
The NHL's decisions about whether to suspend a player are mystifying to many. A review of the video reveals a fairly simple set of guidelines to consider.

Stamkos recovering quickly from broken leg, hopes to be ready for Sochi Games - The Hockey News
He skated today in Vancouver.

Former trainer says Hertl could miss anywhere between 3-9 months | ProHockeyTalk
On the bright side, his knee injury isn't an ACL issue.

The Final Howl

US Olympic Hockey Team Errantly Texts 67-Year-Old that He Made the Roster | Extra Mustard -