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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - Difference makers

Auston Matthews and Shane Doan are difference makers in the Valley of the Sun. More on both in today's Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Matthews Will Be Big for Hockey in Arizona - Today's Slapshot
Very seldom do we see hockey players make the kind of impact Auston Matthews has the potential to make in the desert.

Arizona Coyotes Throwback: Daniel Briere - Howlin' Hockey
Daniel Briere was a budding star to be in the NHL, but the Arizona Coyotes decided to give up on him and trade him to Buffalo. What a terrible trade.

Shane Doan earns Masterton nimonation | FOX Sports
Coyotes captain Shane Doan battled back from a bout with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and battled through a difficult season which has the team at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

NHL Draft Tank Powerless Rankings: A chance for the Kings | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
If before last week's 'Tank Wars' match up between the Sabres and Coyotes, if I was to tell you Buffalo would get three points to Arizona's two, what would you say?

How to Fix the NHL’s Disastrous Tanking Situation " Grantland
There are a variety of possible fixes to the problem of tanking in the NHL, including doing nothing at all.

News From Around the Hockey World

This Week in the Pacific Division: Oilers making a late-season run? - Five For Howling
Not really, but Edmonton was the hottest team in the Pacific this week

Rangers vs. Jets Recap: Kreider's Late Third Period Goal Lifts Rangers over Jets 3-2 - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers finally got back in the win column tonight with a big 3-2 over the Winnipeg Jets.

Dustin Byfuglien viciously crosschecks J.T. Miller's head/neck area (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Dustin Byfuglien, why in the world did you crosscheck J.T. Miller in the head?

Nashville Predators 4, Vancouver Canucks 5 (SO): Eddie Lack Shuts The Door - On the Forecheck
The Predators lose an openly played game in Nashville tonight.

Video: Burrows ‘surprised, upset’ he received a major penalty for hit on Gaustad | ProHockeyTalk
Could the Vancouver forward be facing further discipline from the league?

NHL bringing back draft pick compensation this offseason for hiring away coaches, GMs | ProHockeyTalk
3rd-round pick if it happens after the season, 2nd-rounder if it happens in-season.

If Blues Falter, Change At The Top Is Needed - St. Louis Game Time
And we aren't just talking about the head coach.

Steve Mason to skip World Championships, but he deserved Team Canada's job - Broad Street Hockey
Steve Mason won't play for Team Canada in the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championships in May due to injury, but he absolutely deserved the job.

Bettman shoots down idea of renaming NHL awards | ProHockeyTalk
So the Hart will not, as some have suggested, become the Gretzky.

Panthers looking to hire non-traveling Jagr for fan group -
The Traveling Jagrs are looking for a new member for an upcoming Florida Panthers home game.

Team Canada seals second seed in Group A with win over Finland - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Canadians ended group play with a 2-1-0 record and look to get even better heading into Friday's semifinals.

Alex Ovechkin Hits 50, Ties Bondra for Franchise Lead - Japers' Rink
Gretzky. Bossy. Ovechkin.

Drew Miller Had a Rough Night After Taking A Skate to the Face - Winging It In Motown
Drew Miller took a skate to the face. This is the aftermath.

Report: Warrant out for Andre Deveaux's arrest after on-ice attack -
A warrant has reportedly been issued for the arrest of Ex-NHLer Andre Deveaux following his attack on an opponent during warmups Thursday prior to a Swedish league playoff game.

The Final Howl

Video: Bonding over grief, Hamonic, McGuigan family featured on CBC's The National - Lighthouse Hockey