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Draft Day has finally arrived, and with it comes the newly minted Arizona Coyotes. Check back later today for comprehensive coverage of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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Coyotes News

Draft will impact Coyotes down road; trades could impact them now | FOX Sports Arizona
With less than five days remaining until NHL free agency begins, the Coyotes have only re-signed one of their key free agents: defenseman Chris Summers.

Moving down in draft among Coyotes' options - azcentral.com
The Coyotes may consider dealing away their first draft pick Friday, the 12th selection.

Update on the Coyotes and Vrbata - Puck Rant
It sounds like Radim Vrbata will head to the UFA market.

Arizona Coyotes have 'flexibility' for UFA period - FanSided
The Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney believes the team has enough flexibility to improve in the UFA signing period this summer.

News From Around the Hockey World

NHL Draft 2014: Will the Florida Panthers trade the No. 1 overall pick? - SBNation.com
It's been more than a decade since a team traded out of the top spot in the NHL draft. Will the Florida Panthers do it before Friday night?

Kesler, Miller, Bolland = No Shortage Of Canucks News / Rumours - Nucks Misconduct
Plenty of rumors surrounding the Canucks these days!

Report: Taking coaches, hockey ops personnel from another team will cost draft pick in future | ProHockeyTalk
That should please the Detroit Red Wings.

Reports: Willie Mitchell Will Not Be Re-Signed - Jewels From The Crown
After winning two Stanley Cups in four seasons, Willie Mitchell will be wearing another jersey next season. The 37-year-old is an unrestricted free agent.

Who will replace Brent Burns up front? - Fear The Fin
The move of Brent Burns back to defense leaves a hole up front that the Sharks have a few options when it comes to filling.

Vincent Lecavalier trade likely won't happen until after July 1 - Broad Street Hockey
The wheels are in motion for a Vincent Lecavalier trade, but it probably won't come until after July 1.

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews of Chicago Blackhawks reportedly seeking $12 million per season - ESPN Chicago
Those numbers will probably get negotiated down somewhat, but Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane want to get paid, and it's hard to argue with that given their resumes.

Board of Governors discuss tweaking draft lottery, embellishment | ProHockeyTalk
They're awaiting the NHLPA's vote on bigger subjects.

The Final Howl

Letter from Gino Odjick - Vancouver Canucks - News
Just terrible news.