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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Yar!!!

The Coyotes re-up with the Portland Pirates, the Rangers continue to have problems and a shootout king retires in today's tracks!

Bruce Bennett

Playoffs News

Game 4 Recap: Pens choke out Rangers 4-2 - PensBurgh
The New York Rangers only managed 15 shots on goal, Evgeni Malkin had 13 shot attempts by himself as the Pens win their third straight game to go up in the series 3-1.

Vigneault: ‘We may not look it, but we’re trying our guts off here’ | ProHockeyTalk
Meanwhile Ryan McDonagh called the Rangers' play "unacceptable."

The Rangers' power play is still struggling -
Not only is the New York Rangers' power play not scoring, it's now giving up goals.

Couture doesn’t think he’ll ever get over blown 3-0 series lead | ProHockeyTalk
It's okay.  We won't either.

Coyotes News

Better know a free agent: Brandon McMillan - Five For Howling
The Coyote winger is a restricted free agent. What does that entail and what should the desert dogs do about it?

Scoring Is the Phoenix Coyotes' Immediate Concern | Bleacher Report
Prepare to read this article title until free agency begins.

Langhamer inks with Coyotes › Medicine Hat News
The 2012 7th round pick signs an entry level deal with the Coyotes.

Pirates News

Coyotes extend affiliation agreement with Portland of AHL | FOX Sports on MSN
While a western division of the American Hockey League would benefit the Coyotes from a travel standpoint, it doesn't appear to be happening soon.

World Championships News

Men's hockey worlds: 10 players to watch - Hockey - CBC
The 2014 IIHF world men's hockey championship begins Friday in Minsk, Belarus. Here are 10 players to watch, including Nathan MacKinnon and Morgan Rielly of Team Canada.

News From Around the Hockey World

Ken Hitchcock signs one-year extension to remain Blues coach -
Ken Hitchcock will be back for another season behind the Blues bench while two of his assistants will not return.

Panthers sign World Juniors hero Grimaldi | ProHockeyTalk
Dale Tallon calls him a "hard-working forward who possesses speed along with great vision on the ice."

Stars assistant coach James Patrick charged with assault in Texas -
Stars assistant coach James Patrick was charged with assault in Texas stemming from a domestic dispute.

Site Update: Regime Change for On The Forecheck - On the Forecheck
Dirk Hoag steps down as managing editor after nine years of blogging, with the dynamic duo of Jason Zito and Jon Garcia seizing the reins.

Ex-NHLer Steen facing assault charges | ProHockeyTalk
He played for the Jets his whole career and his son, Alex, led the Blues in scoring this year.

Peter Laviolette hopes he can ignite Predators' offence - NHL on CBC Sports - Hockey news, opinion, scores, stats, standings
Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette already has brought the Stanley Cup to the South before and is eager to try to do it again.

Welcome Vincent Lecavalier to the trade rumor mill | ProHockeyTalk
Could he be the "big-time forward" the Coyotes need?

As Marek Malik retires, remembering NHL's greatest shootout ever | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The 38-year old had played the last five years in Europe after leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning. He won a bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics with the Czech Republic and was the shared winner, along with Martin St. Louis, of the coveted NHL Bud Light Plus-Minus Award in 2003-04 with a +35 rating.

NHL stats: How to measure forechecking and puck retrieval off the dump-and-chase -
Stats on who recovers the puck after a dump-in add another piece to the puck possession puzzle.

This is why NHL concussion protocols fail | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
While the NHL gets sued for the harmful effects of concussions, it's the players who arguably are more at fault by failing to adhere to concussion protocols.

The Final Howl

Who paid for roasted duck billboard just outside of Orange County? (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
For real though, this is some quality trolling. Right on the edge of Orange County.