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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks- Pirates no more

With the announcement that the Portland Pirates will be the Florida Panther's AHL affiliate at the end of the season, where will the Coyotes prospects go?

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Coyotes News

The Case for AHL in Tucson - Five For Howling
Rumors swirl that the Coyotes want Tucson to be the home of their AHL affiliate but can it work?

Coyotes' Tippett Transitioning Coaching Methods --TheHockeyWriters
Coyotes' Dave Tippett now stresses education and coaching. Execution remains the core of his approach.

Doan: Arizona’s situation is ‘kind of embarrassing’ | ProHockeyTalk
"You just feel bad, we’ve been bad."

Arizona Coyotes' Mike Smith seeking improvement before season ends -- AZCentral
Goalie Mike Smith has jumped his save percentage to .900 for the first time this season.

Coyotes prospect profile: Henrik Samuelsson | FOX Sports
Skating is the main issue keeping Coyotes propsect Henrik Samuelsson from making the leap to the NHL.

Who's Hot, Who's Not: Smit-tastic - Five For Howling
While the Coyotes steadily sink (such a shame!), their netminder continues his campaign to prove that 2011-12 wasn't an anomaly.

Q&A about tanking for McEichel with Coyotes blogger | Buffalo Wins
Brendan Porter answers a few questions about the Coyotes' season.

Portland Pirates

Panthers moving the farm from San Antonio to Portland, ME - Litter Box Cats
The Pirates will replace the Rampage as Cats' AHL affiliate starting next season

Gwinnett Gladiators

Niagara University Purple Eagle Athletics - Albers Signs With The ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators
Former Niagara Purple Eagle defenseman Kevin Albers has signed a contract to play for the Gwinnett Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

Arizona College Hockey

Big Ten considering expansion with ... Arizona State? - Land-Grant Holy Land
The Big Ten has had talks with Arizona State hockey. What does that mean for other sports, and the conference in general?

News From Around the Hockey World

Ryan Kesler beats Kings with overtime goal -
The 30-year-old forward gave Anaheim the win with his 18th tally of the year.

Deja vu loss to Blue Jackets in shootout - The Copper & Blue
Scrivens lets in the first shot. Oilers have to catch up from a two goal deficit. Lose in shootout. Is this PVR even working properly?! I swear I already watched this last week.

Rangers Vs. Blackhawks Recap: Rangers Can't Solve Surging Blackhawks At MSG - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers weren't able to withstand the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, and were defeated by a final score of 1-0 at Madison Square Garden.

NHL bringing Stanley Cup Playoff games to USA Network | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
When e-mailed for confirmation, an NBC Sports spokesman said, "USA Network is joining the NBC Sports Group team to televise Stanley Cup Playoff games this year. We’ll have more information as we get closer to the start of the playoffs."

Could the Buffalo Sabres win their way out of the McDavid and Eichel sweepstakes? | The Hockey News
It might be hard to believe, but there’s a chance the Buffalo Sabres won’t finish dead last in the NHL this season.

Fighting continues to decline in the NHL - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Through 1,037 games this season (through Sunday night), there had been a total of 704 fighting majors. Last season in the same number of games: 822

Three reasons why Nashville’s in a tailspin | ProHockeyTalk
"It's frustrating for everybody."

Sidney Crosby to spend part of summer running his own hockey school in Atlantic Canada hometown | The Hockey News
News that the Pens captain would spend a portion of his off-season this summer running his own hockey school in his hometown of Cole Harbour, N.S., is another indication of his devotion to the sport and his Atlantic Canadian heritage.

The Final Howl

BarDown: The University of North Dakota has a facility that's more luxurious than some NHL teams
When in comes to receiving extra frills ans perks, NCAA athletes have it made, and that includes collegiate hockey players.