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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - more cuts

Nine more Coyotes were cut from camp yesterday. Who were they? Find out in today's Tracks.

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Jeff Gross

Coyotes News

Fair or not, Coyotes' season rests on Smith's shoulders | FOX Sports
With a dearth of top-end offensive talent, the Coyotes expect to play a lot of close games this season. That places enormous pressure on goalie Mike Smith to play at a consistently elite evel.

Is Arizona Taken Seriously? - Howlin' Hockey
In an increasingly competitive Western Conference, it may be hard for the Arizona Coyotes to stand out- but they're still a better team than people believe.

Pirates News

Coyotes Reduce Training Camp Roster by Nine - Arizona Coyotes - News
The Coyotes have assigned nine players to their respective junior teams or to the Portland Pirates, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.

News From Around the Hockey World

Blackhawks vs. Red Wings final score: Chicago loses second preseason game, 3-2 - Second City Hockey
We couldn't watch this game on TV, but let's just assume it wasn't a keeper.

Flames vs. Canucks Recap - Matchsticks and Gasoline
An afternoon fight clinic during training camp to prep the kids for an evening with the Canucks.

GAME RECAP: Predators 1, Lightning 0 - On the Forecheck
Since it's a preseason (not real) game, we have an accompanying preseason recap. Real recaps return when the games do.

Ryan Ellis Signed a Contract! - On the Forecheck
Ellis signed a contract!

Will Colton Orr Keep Fighting? Why? - Pension Plan Puppets
Why are the Leafs insisting on having Colton Orr fight?

Chris Thorburn and Cliff Jumping - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Jets are playing it safe and sticking with vets on the fourth line. They should play kids there instead.

Ground breaks on new Red Wings arena | ProHockeyTalk
Be sure to save this one for any Wings fan that chirps about Glendale subsidies.

Sidney Crosby doesn't hate Steve Downie anymore | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"He’s trying to play hard on me [in that game in 2010], and that’s what he’s going to try to do to other teams now," Crosby said. "It’s nice to have a guy on your team like that."

Claude Giroux returns to ice ahead of schedule -
He was expected to be out two weeks after getting injured on the first day of practice, but it looks like he's a week ahead of schedule on that front.

Jackets say Horton has ‘degenerative’ back problem, no timetable for return | ProHockeyTalk
That doesn't sound good.

Five teams that could win Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel sweepstakes - USA Today
There might be as much interest in the bottom of the standings as the top this season because highly touted centers Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are available in the 2015 draft.

The Final Howl

Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Phil Kessel’s physique, Winter Classic drama and Ice Boys | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports