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Monday's Coyotes Tracks - all eyes on Olympic hockey

Lots of Olympic hockey news and a pair of Coyotes stories on the first day of the NHL's Olympic break.

Ryan Pierse

Coyotes News

Coyotes Assign Kennedy and Murphy to AHL - PhoenixCoyotes.com
The Coyotes on Sunday assigned forward Tim Kennedy and defenseman Connor Murphy to the club’s American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).

Phoenix Coyotes players wait for Olympics fever - AZCentral.com
The plane that carried the Coyotes into Dallas for their final game before the Olympic break arrived back in the Valley with fewer passengers.

Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett plans ‘mini training camp’ after Olympics break - AZCentral.com
A few days on the golf course have been penciled into his agenda, but Coyotes coach Dave Tippett plans to spend most of the Olympic break reflecting on his team’s play up to this point and plotting how he can use the time off to flip the Coyotes back into a playoff spot.

Olympic Hockey News

2014 Sochi Olympics refresher: Olympic groups, format, schedule - NHL.com
Here is all the information you need to know about the teams, dates and format for the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics:

2014 Sochi Olympics - Team-by-team hockey breakdown (U.S.) - ESPN
The Americans were this close to winning gold in 2010. Can they take it a step further in Sochi?

Winter Olympics 2014: 10 questions about Team USA's women's hockey team - Eyes On The Prize
Our Sochi 2014 Olympics women's hockey coverage continues with ten questions, mostly about Team USA, with Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey.

2014 Winter Olympics: Czech Republic Men's Hockey Team Preview - Defending Big D
Will this be Jaromir Jagr's last Olympics?

Kovalchuk doesn’t see Olympics as chance for KHL to prove itself | ProHockeyTalk
"It’s two great leagues. It doesn’t matter where anybody plays."

Despite return, Datsyuk’s Olympic status still uncertain | ProHockeyTalk
Russia's head coach made it clear that nothing has been decided yet.

No hard feelings: Soderberg rooting for Sweden despite snub | ProHockeyTalk
He's not headed to Sochi.

‘It’s a great feeling’: Marcus Johansson set to join Sweden’s Olympic team in Sochi | ProHockeyTalk
Officially named to the team two days ago.

Gladiators News

Glads Come Back for OT Win - GwinnettGladiators.com
Daniel Spivak’s slapper from the point found twine 1:41 into overtime to clinch a dramatic 6-5 win for the Gladiators over the Florida Everblades.

News From Around the Hockey World

Report: Blues are shopping Chris Stewart | ProHockeyTalk
The Ottawa Senators might be in the mix.

Roundup: Hey everyone, let’s go to the AHL! | ProHockeyTalk
Spending the break in the minors playing hockey is OK.

Kings’ Fraser clears waivers, next stop Manchester | ProHockeyTalk
He could be sent down for salary cap flexibility.

Leonsis still hoping Kuznetsov comes over after Olympics | ProHockeyTalk
The 2010 first-round pick is still in Russia.

Leo Komarov wants to return to NHL next season | ProHockeyTalk
He played for Toronto in 2013.

The Final Howl

Everyone wants #PicsWithZdeno | ProHockeyTalk