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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - at least the road trip is over

The Arizona Coyotes finished a terrible road trip with a 4-1 loss, Semin clears waivers, and we got our first look at next year's salary cap.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues instant recap: at least it's finally over - Five For Howling
The Arizona Coyotes will go home winless after falling 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night.

Christian Dvorak Proving Doubters Wrong - TSS
Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak has come a long way since the start of his Ontario Hockey League career with the London Knights...

Tikhonov hopes to make most of second chance with Coyotes - Arizona Sports
Tikhonov is hoping to make the most of a second chance in Arizona after the Coyotes claimed him off waivers from Chicago on Sunday.

Musing on Coyotes' might-have-beens - TSS
The last five months have been like a trip down memory lane for the Coyotes...

NWHL News

Women's Hockey Top 6: NWHL responds to Burke; Engstrom and discipline; Spoon trick? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Women's Hockey Top 6: NWHL responds to Burke; Engstrom and discipline; Spooner's 5 goal game

News From Around the Hockey World

Rate The Flames vs. Sharks - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Another win on home ice and the Flames even out the series against the Sharks. Tell us what you thought of the player's performances tonight!

Goaltending Dooms Carolina Hurricanes as Dallas Stars Steal Game 6-5 - Defending Big D
This game had everything. Except Dallas puck possession. Or Carolina goaltending.

NHL hires big-time producer to ‘help bring to life a number of major events’ | ProHockeyTalk
Hiring coincides with the departure of COO John Collins.

Report: Alex Semin exploring options in the KHL - Eyes On The Prize
Following his assignment to the AHL, Semin will attempt to find a job in Europe.

Alex Semin Clears Waivers - Because Your Team's GM Is A Dumbass - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Alex Semin has cleared waivers in Montreal...and once again, the NHL has seen 29 GMs take reputation over talent. Here's why 29 other NHL teams should've taken him.

Alexander Semin and the NHL need to move on from each other - SBNation.com
It's not working here for the talented winger. Maybe it will work elsewhere.

Pascal Dupuis announces retirement after recent medical scares - SBNation.com
Issues with blood clots forced the Penguins winger to end his career.

Steve Montador's family files lawsuit against NHL for head-related injuries - Second City Hockey
The defenseman suffered five concussions within three months during the 2011-12 season with Chicago.

Flyers’ Gagner has been dealing with a concussion | ProHockeyTalk
He was injured in a game against the Hurricanes on Nov. 23.

Recap: Sorry Mike! Caps Clip Wings 3-2 in Shootout - Japers' Rink
It took a shootout to settle Mike Green's homecoming to Washington as the Capitals clipped the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.

Recap: Leafs 3, Devils 2 (SO) - Pension Plan Puppets
Garret Sparks remains unbeaten at the ACC as the Leafs win their second in a row.

Flyers vs. Islanders recap: 46 shots isn't enough? - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers peppered Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak with 46 shots but could not come away with the victory, falling by a score of 4-3 in a shootout.

Ottawa Senators Overcome Coaching Decisions to Beat Florida Panthers - Silver Seven
In a game marred by inexplicable coaching choices, the Sens still prevailed.

Florida Panthers get $86 million public aid package - Sun Sentinel
The Broward County Commission voted Tuesday to increase the public subsidy of the Florida Panthers professional hockey team by $86 million.

Montreal owner would 'prefer' a strong Canadian dollar for NHL bottom line | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Though increasing league revenues are seen as a positive for the league and its bottom line, a weak Loonie has the ability to make life worse on Canadian franchise.

Devils prospect Blackwood suspended for ‘stick incident’; will miss first two games of World Juniors | ProHockeyTalk
Not the greatest news for Team Canada.

NHL does away with coach, executive compensation policy | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Executive compensation had become a hot button topic in recent months. Teams who hired execs and coaches, long after they had been fired by other teams, had to compensate the former team with draft picks because they were still technically under contract.

Blackhawks Artem Anisimov among NHL's five most underappreciated - CBSSports.com
You know about Henrik Lundqvist and Patrick Kane and what they are doing this season, but they are not the only players responsible for the success of their teams. Let's look at the five most underappreciated players in the NHL so far this season.

2016-17 NHL salary cap $74.5 million, up $3.1M from 2015-16 hockey |
That's reportedly the best-case scenario.

NCAA star Vesey addresses Leafs rumors, says he has ‘great relationship’ with Preds | ProHockeyTalk
His dad just so happens to work in Toronto's scouting department.

The Final Howl

Coyotes Pick Merkley Working for a Second Chance - Video - Sportsnet.ca
This is the story of Kelowna Rockets playmaker Nick Merkley, drafted 30th overall by Arizona in 2015 and injured in the early days of his first NHL training camp.