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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - it begins

The opening games of the 2014 Winter Olympics Men's Ice Hockey Tournament are today. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Bruce Bennett

Coyotes News

Maloney: Coyotes will be buyers, not sellers | FOX Sports on MSN
As the Coyotes staff evaluates its personnel and needs, we examine what went right and wrong before the Olympic break.

Coyotes GM Maloney questions team leadership, not Doan | ProHockeyTalk
They're barely on the outside of the playoffs right now.

Phoenix Coyotes' Dave Tippett: 'Depth will be key down the stretch' -
Two Eastern Conference road trips in the month of March will test the team's depth.

Olympics News

Winter Olympics 2014 hockey schedule: USA vs. Canada women take spotlight from men -
Sure, men's hockey gets started on Wednesday. That's great. But the real treat on the schedule is a battle between the worlds two best women's teams, the United States and Canada.

2014 Winter Olympics: shortie propels Russia to quarterfinals, Sweden joins them - Five For Howling
The Japanese team nearly pulled off a stunning upset of Russia.

2014 Winter Olympics hockey: USA shakes things up; Canada lines unchanged -
USA coach Dan Bylsma went for a different look on Tuesday, while Canada stuck with the same line combinations for the second practice in a row.

Winter Olympics: Carey Price starts opener for Canada, Roberto Luongo gets second game -
It sounds like Mike Smith will be riding the pine for this tournament barring something unforeseen.

Relief, then joy: What winning at Olympic hockey means to Canada -
The tournament hasn't even started, but Canadians are already hand-wringing over the potential of not winning Olympic gold in men's hockey. Why does it matter so much?

A Canadian’s guide to the other 11 men’s hockey teams | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
The 2014 Men’s Olympic hockey tournament kicks off on Wednesday, but we’ll have to wait until Thursday to get a look at the defending champions.

Another Czech surprise: Pavelec won’t dress for Olympic opener | ProHockeyTalk
He's the lone NHL goalie on the roster.

Pirates News

After $33M renovation, Portland’s Civic Center set to reopen | Sun Journal
The year and a half project is about to end.

News From Around the Hockey World

AHL All-Stars beat Färjestad BK of Swedish Hockey League in 2014 AHL All-Star Skills Competition -
The American Hockey League scheduled its All-Star Break for the week that Olympic hockey gets underway.

Avs’ Erik Johnson suspended 2 games for slash that broke Frans Nielsen’s hand | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Oh yeah, there's a league in North America still.

Oilers reach agreement with city on arena, slated to open in fall of 2016 -
Finally, the Oilers are getting their new arena in downtown Edmonton. A deal was reached on the final price and construction will begin next month.

If NHLers want ongoing Olympic participation, they need to speak up | ProHockeyTalk
Alex Ovechkin chose to sidestep the question yesterday.

Why we need to fix fighting in hockey and the NHL: Our kids - The Globe and Mail
A Canadian neurosurgeon is concerned about the message parents send at youth hockey games.

The Final Howl

The 5 Funniest Hockey Tweets of the Week: Olympic Break Edition - Battle of California