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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - the hammer drops in the Steel City

Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero are shown the door in Pittsburgh this morning. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Playoffs News

Rangers Vs. Canadiens: Enjoy The Ride - Blueshirt Banter
Stop and smell the roses, they're nice.

This series was not about the Bruins losing, it was about the Canadiens winning - Eyes On The Prize
There has been an a concerted effort from nearly every corner of the media to make the Habs' second round series win all about Boston losing, but in reality it's all about Montreal winning.

Kings at Ducks Preview: Do or Die... Literally - Anaheim Calling
Everyone knew this series was going to be close and many people picked the series to go all the way to seven games. Well after the Ducks laid a fat egg in game six, the hockey world got its wish.

Coyotes News

Upcoming Free-Agent Market Could Yield Little for Phoenix Coyotes | Bleacher Report
It's a thin pool with plenty of bidders in the category the Coyotes need the most.

Coyotes shouldn't expect to compete without improving -
With a talented crop of 1st-round losers in the Western Conference, the Coyotes can't expect to make the playoffs next year without getting better.

Whatever Happened to Peter Mueller? - The Hockey Writers
It probably has something to do with blows to the head.

News From Around the Hockey World

Penguins news: Ray Shero AND Dan Bylsma fired - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins clean house and fire both main members of their front office. General manager Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma have been fired after 5 straight disappointing playoffs.

UPDATE: Penguins fire Ray Shero, new GM to decide Dan Bylsma's fate -
The Penguins have relieved GM Ray Shero of his duties. A new GM will decide whether to retain coach Dan Bylsma.

Stanley Cup playoffs: Bruins' young defensemen exposed in loss to Canadiens -
With a young, skilled blue line, the Bruins chose to enter the postseason relying on their upside, and not experience, to lead them.

Prospective Seattle NHL owners revealed | Seattle
Victor Coleman, a Los Angeles-based real estate tycoon with ties to Western Washington, leads the latest effort to bring an NHL team to Seattle.

Zenon Konopka suspended 20 games for violating substance abuse policy - Die By The Blade
The NHL has announced that Konopka will miss just under one fourth of next season after violating their substance abuse policy. The suspension kicks in when he signs his next contract.

Have the Kings Finally Closed San Jose's Window? - Jewels From The Crown
Sharks GM Doug Wilson made his first candid remarks about his plans for the future since the Kings' historic 0-3 comeback, and uh, they were something. Let's talk about it.

Here's the full Sharks postseason injury report - Fear The Fin
Brent Burns, Jason Demers and Patrick Marleau were among those playing through injury in the first round.

Culture of Entitlement - Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs brought in Brendan Shanahan, but so far it feels like more of the same old Leafs.

Latvia upsets U.S., Canada routs Denmark at World Championship - - News
Latvia upset the United States and Canada routed Denmark on Thursday at the World Championship in Belarus.

Elliott not sure if he’s staying in St. Louis | ProHockeyTalk
He's an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Final Howl

Rangers to accompany Martin St. Louis to mother's funeral Sunday -
Is it dusty in here?