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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - PHX to AZC

The name change is now official, Canada has no plan B and the Rangers are now 2-0 outdoors this season.

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Jen Fuller

Coyotes News

Coyotes Announce Team Name Will Change to Arizona Coyotes Beginning in 2014-15 - Phoenix Coyotes - News
We knew it was coming but now it's official.

What's in a name? The switch to the Arizona Coyotes - Five For Howling
Carl Pavlock's take on the name change when it was first put forward in July 2013.

Phoenix Coyotes’ fourth-liners provide plenty of value --
Kyle Chipchura, Paul Bissonnette and Jeff Halpern have been showing that fourth line grit sometimes does have third line talent.

Vermette speaks suavely, carries big stick | FOX Sports on MSN
Antoine Vermette touches the game in myriad positive ways, not the least of which is quiet leadership.

NHL should bring an outdoor game to Arizona -
This would make up for the lost All-Star Game quite nicely.

Pirates News

Civic center sends revised proposal to Pirates | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Details are not released. Now the hockey team has until the end of Monday to consider if the terms are sufficient to return to Portland.

Sundogs News

Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs fly high in Denver - Five For Howling
The Arizona Sundogs traveled to Denver to face the Cutthroats in back-to-back games.

News From Around the Hockey World

Ben F'n Scrivens!!! - The Copper & Blue
Ben Scrivens stops 59 shots to record his first shutout as an Oiler in a 3-0 win!

Ben Scrivens sets NHL record for most saves in a shutout with 59 -
Edmonton's Ben Scrivens turned in one of the best goaltending performances we will see this season.

New York Rangers 2, Islanders 1: Outdoor game adds another chapter to rivalry - Lighthouse Hockey
The New York Islanders and New York Rangers fought the cold, the wind, the bouncing puck and some choppy ice to ultimately produce a close Stadium Series game whose outcome was in doubt until the final horn.

Dreadful second period dooms Canucks in loss to Blackhawks - The Globe and Mail
Vancouver was up 2-0 early in second period but then cede four goals on five shots in just eight minutes

Sochi 2014 - CBC Sports - Hockey Canada has no Plan B if NHL pulls players from Sochi Olympics
"Our contingency plan would be everyone around this room today...we have none."

Ducks sign defenseman Mark Fistric to three-year extension | SI Wire
Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports the deal is worth $3.8 million over the three years.

Dallas Stars sign Ryan Garbutt to three-year contract extension - NHL -
It's a three-year, $5.4 million contract extension.

Report: Sens TV deal could be worth $400 million | ProHockeyTalk
That's over 12 years...and a lot of money.

The Final Howl

D.C. Police Let Man Play Pond Hockey on the Capitol Reflecting Pool at Sunrise | Extra Mustard -
Two days ago, a Reddit user posted the above stunning photo of the frozen Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington D.C. at sunrise, just after he had skated and stick-handled on it.