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Sunday's Coyotes Tracks - face plant

Who wants to see an anthem singer face plant on the ice in spectacular fashion!?!? Well, you can in today's edition of the Tracks.

Get it? Face "Plante"? Okay, I'll see myself out.
Get it? Face "Plante"? Okay, I'll see myself out.
Rich Lam

Coyotes News

How low can the Coyotes go? The quest for No. 1 overall - Five For Howling
To tank or not to tank that is the question. What is a number one draft pick really worth to a franchise.

Coyotes release Smaby, keep Hodgman | FOX Sports
Coyotes release defenseman Matt Smaby, keep center Justin Hodgman.

Arizona Coyotes back to defense-first basics as season opener nears - azcentral.com
With the purse strings not budging to keep pace with Western Conference spending, the Coyotes' plan of attack became clear: rediscover what worked in the past.

Arizona Coyotes' key contributors for 2014-15 season - azcentral.com
The success of the 2014-15 Coyotes depends on contributions from everyone, but there are several key ingredients to consider as Thursday's opener approaches.

Arizona Coyotes' Sam Gagner eager to embrace change of scenery - azcentral.com
Coyotes free-agent acquisition Sam Gagner may carry a lower profile off the ice here than he did when he was in Edmonton, but the on-ice spotlight may never be brighter than it is now.

Arizona Coyotes confidential with Rob Klinkhammer - azcentral.com
Each day of training camp, azcentral sports will profile a Coyotes player. Today's spotlight is on Rob Klinkhammer.

Arizona Coyotes Q&A with B.J. Crombeen - azcentral.com
Size, smarts and a security guard on the wing were job descriptions the Coyotes wanted to fill, and B.J. Crombeen qualified for all three.

Pirates News

Portland Pirates: Homecoming for goalie McKenna | Sun Journal
McKenna, a journeyman goaltender who has played for 13 teams across the National Hockey League, American Hockey League and ECHL, including one previous stop in Portland, signed a deal with the Pirates in the offseason, affording him the opportunity to return to one of his favorite stops along the way.

Arizona College Hockey

ASU Hockey starts hot, finishes sweep against No. 6 Minot State | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University
ASU hockey’s first road test was a resounding success after they knocked off Minot State 4-2 on Saturday, completing a weekend sweep of the nation's No. 6 team.

News From Around the Hockey World

Blackhawks trade Nick Leddy, Kent Simpson to Islanders for prospects - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks have officially dealt one of the key cogs from their 2013 Cup-winning defense in order to get under the cap before opening day.

Report: Johnny Boychuk Traded to Islanders - Stanley Cup of Chowder
#Dadchuk to the Island for picks.

Boychuk/Leddy Trade Reactions: Snow worked deals for a while; Bruins are bummed - Lighthouse Hockey
A roundup of reactions, quotes and punditry from the New York Islanders' trades for Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy.

P.A. Parenteau injury: Canadiens forward suffers lower body injury - Eyes On The Prize
New Habs forward P.A. Parenteau will not return to the game tonight against Ottawa.

Flames’ Backlund with ugly hit on Jets’ Enstrom | ProHockeyTalk
Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice calls the defenseman's situation 'positive'

The Blue Line - Nucks Misconduct
It's about the Canuck blue line. Didn't you read the title ?

Faith in Luck - PensBurgh
If you are someone who wants to see quantifiable facts, the opinion that luck is a factor of upwards to 55% is difficult to reconcile in a world that is often driven by undeniable results.

Risk Factors: Nashville Predators edition | ProHockeyTalk
Big changes inspire probing questions for the Preds.

How much does NHL Center Ice cost for 2014-15? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
We’ve got some details on this year’s deal.

Eichel, McDavid shine Saturday night | ProHockeyTalk
Otters star rocks Don Cherry look after big game.

The Final Howl

VIDEO: Skating anthem singer face-plants during 'O Canada' - CBSSports.com