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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - promising start, disappointing finish

What looked initially like an imminent Antoine Vermette/Zbynek Michalek trade ended up not occurring. More on what did happen yesterday in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

The Fourth Period :: Arizona Coyotes :: Vermette nearing end in Arizona
Antoine Vermette may have played his last game as a member of the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night, as trade talks involving the veteran forward have picked up significantly.

Rumblings: Bruins are now in on hunt for Vermette - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
The Boston Bruins continue to shop away as the clock ticks toward Monday's trade deadline.

Arizona Coyotes: Marketing hockey in the Valley of the Sun - Along the Boards
Hockey in the desert has always been a tough sell for the Arizona Coyotes. Nathan Schick remembers five of the team's most memorable marketing ploys.

PACIFIC WAR ROOM - 2.27.15 | The Royal Half
Pacific War Room is back with a look at all the comings and goings in the NHL's Pacific Division during the week of February 21-27!

News From Around the Hockey World

Blackhawks fall in lackluster performance vs. Lightning - Second City Hockey
In what is becoming the norm, the Blackhawks couldn't get anything going against the Lightning on Friday night, falling 4-0 in Tampa Bay.

Kimmo Timonen traded to Blackhawks, causing tears of joy and sadness - Broad Street Hockey
In a surprising turn of events, the Flyers have traded Kimmo Timonen to the Blackhawks for two draft picks.

Blackhawks aren’t done talking trades, will look to add another forward | ProHockeyTalk
Should be interesting.

Calgary Flames 1, New York Islanders 2: Flames Avoid Shutout in Last Minute, Lose. - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames took on the Islanders in Long Island without the services of Mark Giordano.

Halak sets Islanders single-season record in win over Flames | ProHockeyTalk
Meanwhile, Calgary's playoff hopes take another hit.

Dallas Stars Blow Another Two-Goal Third-Period Lead, Lose to Colorado in Shootout - Defending Big D
The Stars had a two goal lead through 40, but the Avalanche were allowed by their hosts to tie the game. And to get to overtime. And to get to the shootout.

Ducks Overthrow Kings - Anaheim Calling
The Ducks got a big win over a division rival. Hopefully, it will get their season back on track.

Los Angeles Kings find groove at their normal pace (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Los Angeles Kings seem to do this all the time. Every year, they seem to only be an okay team for basically the entire first half of the season, and then around game 60 or so, they take off like a coiled spring. Like clockwork, really

Panthers' Jagr Era begins Saturday: so why isn't every last fan happy about it? - Litter Box Cats
Could it be his age? The expiring contract? You'd be wrong on both in many cases.

Could the Oilers be targeting the Blackhawks Antti Raanta? - The Copper & Blue
The former Sm-Liiga MVP could be looking for a new home.

How often do draft picks traded at the deadline turn into something? -
Most of the time the draft picks traded at the trade deadline do not work out. These are some of the examples that did.

VIDEO: Bruins' Marchand goes for a dive after trip by Devils' Gelinas | theScore
That was a nice somersault.

Clarkson hoping to get back to the ‘role that I played in New Jersey’ | ProHockeyTalk
Didn't get the power-play time in Toronto.

Tyler Seguin & Jamie Benn: What if They're Both Batman? - Defending Big D
Stars fans eagerly anticipate the return of Seguin from injury, but should they hope for the pair to be reunited? Are there other options the Stars should consider in pursuit of long-term success?

Pascal Dupuis writes a great article about his medical situation - PensBurgh
Today's must read is written from Pascal Dupuis himself, outlining his journey through 2 different blood clots found in his lungs in the 2014.

P.K Subban's compelling case for another Norris Trophy - Eyes On The Prize
Despite facing extra scrutiny due to his recent raise, Subban is well on his way to adding more silverware to his trophy case.

WATCH: Sharks F Logan Couture fined $5,000 for slew-footing -
The NHL has fined San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture $5,000 for slew-footing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith on Thursday night.

Verdict in Voynov case ‘won’t determine’ his playing status | ProHockeyTalk
But maybe it should.

Greg Ostertag, 7-foot-2 ex-NBA center, enjoying rec league hockey in retirement | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Greg Ostertag, all 7-foot-2 of him, laces 'em up twice a week in a Scottsdale rec hockey league.

My Final Brett Favre Moment - Defending Big D
One last goodbye...

The Final Howl

Zeitgeist: Desperate Sportsnet adds SCTV cast to Hockey Central Trade Deadline show - Lighthouse Hockey