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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - The Wizard Rides Off

Ray Whitney retires, McKenna gets a call up and Gwinnett honors the original Flames.

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Coyotes News

Ray Whitney retires after 22 NHL seasons - ESPN
Ray Whitney, 42, announced his retirement as an NHL player Wednesday, capping a terrific career in which he produced 1,064 points (385 goals, 679 assists) in 1,330 regular-season games.

Coyotes recall McKenna, assign 4 to Portland | FOX Sports
The Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday announced they recalled goaltender Mike McKenna and assigned defensemen Brandon Gormley and Philip Samuelsson, forward Lucas Lessio and goaltender Mike Lee to the Portland Pirates, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.

Arizona Coyotes' Barroway, as seen by colleagues, son -- AZCentral
Three people who watched Andrew Barroway's bid to purchase the Coyotes develop share insight into his personality.

Coyotes' Gormley follows in small-town footsteps of Brad Richards | FOX Sports
The tiny Prince Edward Island fishing village of Murray Harbour has produced two NHL players: Brad Richards and Coyotes rookie Brandon Gormley.

NHL suffers legal setback in battle against ex-Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes | The Hockey News
The NHL was ultimately successful in its battle with former Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes over the location of the franchise but a new legal ruling is a significant setback in the league’s efforts to collect more than $145 million in punitive damages from the trucking magnate.

Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid must go to Carolina and Arizona | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Couldn't agree more.

Who's Hot, Who's Not: A much-needed week off - Five For Howling
The Coyotes are cold, but a break during All-Star activities gives them a chance to think about getting hot again.

Portland Pirates

Pirates let a two-goal lead slip away in third period - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Jeremy Langlois scores three times in the third period as Worcester wins 8th straight, 3-2.

Gwinnett Gladiators

Gwinnett Gladiators unveil jerseys honoring Atlanta Flames -- 11Alive Atlanta
The jerseys pay homage to the historic Atlanta Flames, which was the first pro hockey team to play in Atlanta.

News From Around the Hockey World

REPORT: Minnesota to Get Outdoor Game in 2015 - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild are expected to host a Stadium Series game next season vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sharks hold off Kings 3-2 - San Jose Mercury News
San Jose breaks home woes with scores by Couture, Marleau and Pavelski

Calgary Flames lose against Ducks in Anaheim — again! | Flames | Sports | Calgar
The hot rookie goalie wasn’t the answer to solve the riddle.

Game 48 Recap: Avalanche Overcome Bruins and Power Play Failure, Win 3-2 (SO) - Mile High Hockey
A late goal from Ryan O`Reilly propels the Avs past the Bruins in the shootout.

Game 45 Recap: Bobrovsky injured in shutout loss to Jets - The Cannon
The final game before the All Star break was a horrific one for the Jackets.

Penguins/Blackhawks Recap: Valiant Pens earn a point - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins survive the last minute scratch of Evgeni Malkin and fight back from a 2-0 hole to tie the game up before ultimately falling 3-2 in a shootout to Chicago.

Report: Letang (concussion/neck) out indefinitely | ProHockeyTalk
Malkin will miss the all star game

Ottawa Senators 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 in Battle of Ontario - Silver Seven
The Sens came out of the gates with a three goal first period, but then had to hold on tight for the win

Report: Sharks to move AHL affiliate from Worcester to San Jose, will play at SAP Center | ProHockeyTalk
Becoming what would be the only current AHL team to share an arena with its NHL parent club.

Zac Rinaldo is an embarrassment - Broad Street Hockey
Ineffective as an agitator, ineffective as a hockey player. We've given Zac Rinaldo too many chances, but we all know who he is.

Report: NHL expected to announce World Cup of Hockey details Friday -
The NHL is expected to announce details for the rebooted World Cup of Hockey during All-Star Weekend.

The decline of the shot-blocking, crease-clearing defenseman -
The focus shouldn't be on playing in front of the net and blocking shots. The focus should be on not having to play in front of your net and not having to block shots.

The Final Howl

BarDown: AHLer nails wrist shot from the upper deck of a stadium
When you're a professional athlete, you know you're really on top of your game when your teammates are in awe of what you do in practice.