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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - fare thee well Smith and Lessio

Mike Smith will miss 10 weeks, Lucas Lessio was traded for Christian Thomas, and Patrick Kane's streak came to an end.

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Coyotes News

Ice Breakers: Coyotes best and worst dressed | FOX Sports
Coyotes players from Shane Doan and Mike Smith to Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Martin Hanzal discuss their teammates off-ice attire.

Arizona Coyotes acquire Christian Thomas from Montreal Canadiens for Lucas Lessio - Five For Howling
The Coyotes make a minor move on their wings.

Lucas Lessio acquired from Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Christian Thomas - Eyes On The Prize
A day after the first trade of the 2015-16 NHL season, the Canadiens have made a move of their own.

Mike Smith has successful surgery; will be out for at least two months - Five For Howling
The Coyotes will be missing their number one netminder for quite some time.

Mike Smith will miss up to 10 weeks for Coyotes; trade coming? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The team announced on Tuesday that Smith underwent successful surgery for a core muscle injury, with an estimated recovery time of 8-10 weeks.

From the editor's desk: what to do about Mikkel Boedker - Five For Howling
The Arizona Coyotes have a very important decision to make about their Danish forward in the next few months.

ASU Hockey News

Arizona State sees sunny college hockey future -
There's something cool about showing up to college hockey practice sporting shades, a tank top, mesh shorts and flip-flops.

News From Around the Hockey World

Getzlaf says he’s not ‘invincible’ to criticism | ProHockeyTalk
"I hear it."

Maple Leafs to host Winter Classic in 2017? - Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs want to host everything for their centennial. Will it kick off with the Winter Classic?

I'm Currently Unhappy With The Blues. That's Fine. If You're Not, That's Fine Too. - St. Louis Game Time
There have been some differences of opinion regarding what constitutes proper support of the local hockey team.

Jonathan Bernier: 'That mental break really helps' - Pension Plan Puppets
It sounds like Bernier's conditioning stint was exactly what he needed.

Zeke Remaldo placed on IR - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Our leeder has fallen.

Maple Leafs ban ‘Sign Stamkos’ signs from arena | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Capitalizing on that hysteria, TSN 1050 produced signs for fans to bring to the game that simply read "SIGN STAMKOS."

Oilers' Six Game Win Streak Comes To An End - The Copper & Blue
Following a game in Boston they had no business winning given the effort they put forth, the Edmonton Oilers went into Madison Square Garden and immediately looked like they might repeat that performance,

ReCat: Panthers Too Much For Islanders - Litter Box Cats
Roberto Luongo was spectacular in Florida's 5-1 win over the New York Islanders.

Flyers vs. Hurricanes recap: Ghost the hero yet again - Broad Street Hockey
Shayne Gostisbehere scored his third overtime game winning goal of the season, as the Flyers took down the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 4-3.

Calgary Flames 2, Nashville Predators 1: Preds Miss Chances, Flames Bury Theirs - On the Forecheck
Both teams walked away with a point tonight, but only one could get two. The Flames were that team.

New Jersey Devils Gut Out 2-0 Shutout Win Against Buffalo Sabres - All About The Jersey
Cory Schneider was stupendous again as he stopped all 25 shots to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. This game recap goes into the performance by the Devils, who did well, and other thoughts about the victory.

Blackhawks vs. Avalanche final score 2015: Patrick Kane's point streak ends in 3-0 loss - Second City Hockey
For the first time since Oct. 15, the Chicago winger is held without a point.

Just when did it become a fact Jon Cooper and Steven Stamkos have issues? - Raw Charge
It's repeated by the top-level media of hockey that a conflict exists between the head coach and the team captain. Where's the substance that confirms it?

NCAA Hockey 101: Providence and beasts of East; praising Jeff Jackson | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: It's rare for a team to go 15 games to start the year without recording a single loss, let alone one that suffered such significant losses as the reigning national champion Providence Friars.

Trevor Daley felt Blackhawks never gave him chance to shine | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: "Chicago – every part of playing there, being there, the guys, everything I heard about Chicago was unreal and everything lived up to it. The only thing that I didn’t like about Chicago it’s just was – the games, which is a pretty big part," Daley said.

ESPN - The UFA compensation rule seemed like a good idea at the time
pensation rule might have gone down in flames, but it's not the first time it happened. As some dejected fan wandering around San Jose, California, in a Messier Sharks jersey could tell you, those compensation picks can be tricky things.

Coupon-clipping NHLer won't sue parents over bankruptcy - Article - TSN
Bankrupt NHL defenceman Jack Johnson has decided not to pursue a lawsuit against his spendthrift parents, according to court filings.

Pittsburgh Penguins injury updates: Marc-Andre Fleury possible concussion, Bennett out 4-6 weeks - PensBurgh
Two new injuries for the Pittsburgh Penguins, neither of which are good news. Starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has a concussion, Beau Bennett's shoulder will keep him out a while.

Trevor Daley requested trade before being sent to Penguins - Second City Hockey
The frustration between the Blackhawks and Trevor Daley went both ways before culminating with a trade Monday night.

Zack Kassian has been reinstated, waived by the Canadiens - Eyes On The Prize
The forward is now in the follow-up phase of substance abuse and behavioral health program.

30 Thoughts: Why the Jets face painful personnel choices -
In this week's 30 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman breaks down a potentially messy situation in Winnipeg with purported contract demands of Byfuglien, Ladd, and Trouba gone public. More on Stamkos, Penguins, Panthers, and the rest of the NHL.

Kane’s point streak is not a heroic narrative of overcoming obstacles - Pension Plan Puppets
When prosecutors decided not to charge Patrick Kane following this summer's sexual assault allegations, it was not carte blanche to write puff pieces about his heroic ability to overcome obstacles in the form of a scoring streak. Here's why.

The Final Howl

Concours // Des billets de hockey sous votre sapin de Noël – 25stanley
Hockey inspired Christmas trees. (site is in French)