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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - talent up front, problems out back

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The Coyotes have an abundance of options at the forward position, but are consistently exposed on defense. Details in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

If the Arizona Coyotes' defense doesn't improve, a goalie change won't matter - Five For Howling
The Coyotes may try to change their goalie, but that will not be enough to solve their defensive woes.

How much can Coyotes rely on Martin Hanzal? - Arizona Sports
Arizona Coyotes veteran Martin Hanzal hasn't played more than 65 games in a full season since 2009-10.

Re-Signing Mikkel Boedker A Priority For Coyotes - TSS
Boedker’s career arc has been on the upswing since returning to the NHL on a full-time basis in 2011-12.

Arizona Coyotes put top ASG vote-getter John Scott on waivers - ESPN
The NHL's leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, John Scott, was placed on waivers by the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

News From Around the Hockey World

Red Wings steal a point from Canucks and then drop the shootout in 4-3 loss - Winging It In Motown
The Wings welcomed the Vancouver Canucks to town for a Friday night matchup at the Joe.

Quick Bite: Sharks fall to Senators - Fear The Fin
The Sharks couldn't get past Ottawa tonight.

Drew Doughty has never been NHL's best defenseman (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: And that's the real reason why Doughty hasn't won a Norris, and why shouldn't do so this year either: There are always more deserving candidates.

Senators owner: We’ll only play in an arena we control | ProHockeyTalk
"This team is mine for life. The team’s not for sale. Never will be, in my lifetime for sure."

New study suggests sports fans like when their teams embrace LGBT diversity - Stanley Cup of Chowder
New study suggests majority of sports fans like teams better when they support LGBT players and fans

Corey Crawford just put his name up there with Tony Esposito's - Second City Hockey
Crawford has stopped 88 shots in those three shutouts, or 112 total of the 114 he's faced in his last four starts. It's nice the Blackhawks have been (mostly) scoring a lot of goals for him in the meantime, but he hasn't quite needed the offensive support!

Marcus Kruger undergoes left wrist surgery, to miss 'approximately 4 months' - Second City Hockey
The fourth line takes a major hit.

ESPN - Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel still getting schooled
Jack Eichel is showing signs of becoming a great player, but he admits there is still a lot for the Sabres rookie to learn.

Toronto Marlies sign Ray Emery to PTO - Pension Plan Puppets
The Toronto organization needs goalies, and a professional tryout of a former NHL guy is a decent way to get one.

The Final Howl

Five Teams That Need Randy Carlyle - Pension Plan Puppets
There are teams out there that are struggling with inferior coaching. To them I say: don't wait; hire a true winner today in Randy Carlyle.