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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - drop the puck!

The NHL regular season will finally begin tonight! All of your last minute storylines in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes 2014-15 season preview - Five For Howling
A comprehensive look at the upcoming campaign for the Arizona Coyotes.

Best of the Pacific Division: Preseason Edition! - Five For Howling
Breaking down highlights from each Pacific Division team during the preseason

Does Bettman's arrival in Valley portend big announcement? | FOX Sports
Coincidence? Probably not. With Philadelphia-based hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway hammering out the final details of his 51 percent purchase of the team, there could be a significant pre-game announcement for Coyotes fans if lawyers don't muck up the works.

Arizona Coyotes Throwback: getting to know Jeremy Roenick - Howlin' Hockey
Shane Doan may be the face of the Coyotes now, but Jeremy Roenick helped define the team years prior.

The Coyotes were hours away from moving to Seattle -
The NHL was prepared to have new owners and moving trucks ready to go in a day had Glendale City Council not voted to save the team in 2013.

Sizing up the NHL's Western Conference - USA Today
Western Conference finalist Kings, Blackhawks are teams to beat again.

Gladiators News

ECHL absorbs seven teams as Central Hockey League folds | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Central Hockey League has folded. The ECHL has picked up the pieces. Those pieces do not include the Sundogs.

News From Around the Hockey World

To the Samuelis, Concerning Paul Kariya - Anaheim Calling
Anaheim Calling contributor Daniel beseeches the Samuelis to consider retiring the 9.

Is Jason Zucker poised to have his breakout season? - Hockey Wilderness
Zucker's time with the Wild has fans salivating for that breakthrough season. Could this be the year of Jason Zucker?

Adam Cracknell Claimed by Blue Jackets - Jewels From The Crown
Tragic news today, as forward Adam Cracknell was claimed on waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bounce Back? - Nucks Misconduct
After a forgettable 2013-14 campaign, can the Sedins return to the form that made them one of the most dangerous duos in the game? The fate of the Canucks' season may depend on it.

Kessel Doesn't Care About Your Opinion, He's Perfect In Toronto - Pension Plan Puppets
Of all the players to come through Toronto and leave disgruntled, Phil Kessel is the only one to genuinely not care about the media. It's why he is the perfect fit for the media-crazy city.

Wayne Simmonds, Mark Streit named Flyers alternate captains - Broad Street Hockey
They replace Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell.

Brian Gionta named Buffalo Sabres captain -
Brian Gionta has been named the Buffalo Sabres' new captain. He will be joined by alternate captains Matt Moulson and Josh Gorges.

Malkin did not see the Neal trade coming | ProHockeyTalk
Geno said GM Jim Rutherford never asked him about it.

Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger to invade American hockey broadcasts -
Two of hockey's best reporters are invading American televisions this season.

‘Not our party’ – Sharks plan to skip Kings’ banner ceremony | ProHockeyTalk
They must face that meltdown in plenty of other ways, though.

NHL 2014-15 Predictions: First coach fired? Most overhyped team, player? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Here are our predictions for everything from overhyped teams and players to the first coach fired this season.

Devils sign Tootoo, ask Gomez to accept ‘taxi squad’ assignment | ProHockeyTalk
Training camp PTO works out for one veteran forward; the other plays the waiting game.

Off-Ice Issues Aside, a New Season Beckons -
A busy off-season gives way to a new N.H.L. season Wednesday, with the Kings chasing another title and a concussion lawsuit casting a long shadow.

The Final Howl

Zeitgeist: Islanders plan slate of unusual special nights for final season at Nassau Coliseum - Lighthouse Hockey