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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Arena expansions

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Not just the NHL is getting a potential expansion as the Arizona Coyotes finish completing a new look for soon to be Gila River Arena

Christian Petersen

Coyotes News

Coyotes upgrade fan experience at arena | FOX Sports
Improvements include food and beverage concessions, new team store, dressing room renovation and new corporate offices.

Coyotes fans should embrace concept of NHL expansion -- azcentral.com
The NHL doesn't need more teams. It needs more household names and marketable stars. But expansion is a concept we should all embrace, as it would

How the Arizona Coyotes' playoff hopes were (penalty) killed - Five For Howling
With 26 days left until Coyotes hockey returns, it is time to address Arizona's penalty kill, which ranked 26th in the NHL last season.

Pirates News

Pirates release 2014-15 hockey schedule - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
The team's home opener Oct. 11 against Providence marks its return to Portland.

Arizona Hockey

Hockey prospect Auston Matthews burning up the ice in desert -- azcentral.com
Although the cage and USA Hockey sticker on his helmet confirmed he was still a teenager — 16, to be exact — his play suggested he was much older.

News From Around the Hockey World

A note on NHL expansion rumors - Five For Howling
A few thoughts about the most recent report regarding NHL expansion.

NHL expansion talks emphatically shot down | ProHockeyTalk
"We haven’t defined a process and certainly no decisions have been made."

Scott Gomez Returning to New Jersey Devils for Training Camp Tryout - What Are His Chances? - In Lou We Trust
Former New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez is returning to New Jersey: without a contract and only for training camp on a tryout basis. This post goes over who Gomez is, why he's coming in on a tryout, and what his chances are at the moment.

Report: Rangers show interest in Malone | ProHockeyTalk
Former Tampa Bay forward was bought out of his contract earlier this summer, following legal troubles.

Olympian Shannon Szabados re-signs with men's pro team - CBSSports.com
Canadian Olympic goaltender Shannon Szabados, a two-time gold medalist, re-signed with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League. She made two appearances with the club last year.

Eichel, like McDavid, will showcase his skills in Buffalo this fall | ProHockeyTalk
Of course, neither will be wearing a Sabres' uniform - not yet at least.

Is Australia a land of hockey opportunity? 20,000 showed up for a game in Sydney | Post-to-Post
Is Australia ready for NHL hockey? Don’t laugh. It might not be as far-fetched as you’d think.

The Final Howl

Source: NHL to have two teams in each state by 2042 - Lighthouse Hockey
[humor] The NHL could have two teams in every state by 2042, the source told Lighthouse Hockey, bringing the total number of member clubs to 109. Potential sites include not only Las Vegas and Seattle, but Reno, Yakima, Honolulu & East Honolulu.