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Is Brendan Shanahan sitting pretty atop the Toronto Maple Leafs? Will the Arizona Coyotes look locally for a new ad agency? Answers to these questions and more in today's Tracks.

Bruce Bennett

Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes Preseason Countdown: 45 Days - Five For Howling
Keith Yandle had 45 assists last season, third among NHL defensemen. Should he still be traded?

Arizona Coyotes part with Cramer-Krasselt, looking for new ad agency - Phoenix Business Journal
The team may be looking for a locally based advertising agency to market its product.

Arizona Coyotes’ Lauri Korpikoski Has Make-or-Break Year – Desert Dog Times - Guardian Liberty Voice
Lauri Korpikoski is one of only five Coyotes signed through 2017, but his team needs more out of him.

Sundogs News

Sundogs GM says club to remain in CHL despite rumors of league's demise - The Prescott Daily Courier
News of the CHL's demise is greatly exaggerated.

News From Around the Hockey World

Getting To Know Luca Sbisa - Nucks Misconduct
Nobody talks about the other factor in the Ryan Kesler deal, Luca Sbisa.

On NHL RFA Offer Sheets: Scarcity not just about GM 'old boys network' - Lighthouse Hockey
It's in the name: Restricted free agency is "restricted." But that doesn't mean it's colluding GMs in the NHL's "old boys netowrk" that keeps players from changing teams.

NHL Stats Focused Writers Guide - Second City Hockey
A Team By Team Listing Of Stats Focused NHL Writers.

Tabula Rasa: Reimagining a blueprint for the future of analytics - Eyes On The Prize
For the first time in the history of professional hockey, the nerds are winning. And it’s exactly why now is the best time to dump everything and start from scratch.

To Hit or Not to Hit: A Statistic That Misses The Mark - The Cannon
The NHL's Hit statistic is not what it seems. It needs to go away.

Remembering the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team that brought line changes to the NHL - SBNation.com
Let's take a look back at the Steel City's first NHL team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, a squad that truly innovated hockey in some important ways.

Bar has been set high for Nichushkin | ProHockeyTalk
We could see a lot more of him with Seguin and Benn going forward.

Brendan Shanahan has made Maple Leafs bulletproof (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Brendan Shanahan has set himself up beautifully to assemble a roster as he sees fit, for several reasons.

Winnipeg Jets Sign Julien Brouillette - Arctic Ice Hockey
Do you know/care who Julien Brouillette is? As it's now August, of course you do.

Core Values: Sharks may soon pass torch to Logan Couture - CBSSports.com
The San Jose Sharks are still Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau's team, but that torch may soon be passed to Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski.

Reason 5236 why Connor McDavid will be the NHL's top draft pick - SBNation.com
Just stop it, Connor McDavid.

The Final Howl

This hockey guy wins the Ice Bucket Challenge (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports