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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - the second season

Tonight marks the beginning of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Get your last minute reports in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes at the 2015 IIHF World Championships - Five For Howling
Take a look at who will be representing the Desert Dogs at this year's tournament

Q & A: Coyotes' CEO Anthony LeBlanc weighs in on trying season | FOX Sports
Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc says there is no choice but to be active in free agency and trades to improve the Western Conference's worst team.

Arizona Coyotes' budget will reflect team's pursuit of playoffs next season -
The Coyotes want to be back in the playoffs next season and until they find out what type of roster changes that will require, ownership has held off on providing a budget.

The Fourth Period :: Arizona Coyotes :: Doan to reflect, discuss future with Coyotes
Shane Doan has one-year left on his contract with the Coyotes, and while there's a good chance he plays for them next season, he will speak with his family about his future.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane says he'll play in Game 1 -
The talented winger had been out since suffering a fractured clavicle in a Feb. 25 game against the Florida Panthers.

Joel Quenneville demonstrating poor judgement with handling of Antoine Vermette - Second City Hockey
Joel Quenneville continues his string of questionable decisions, but setting the Blackhawks up to be without Antoine Vermette in their lineup in the series opener against Nashville.

No one is picking the Penguins to beat the Rangers - PensBurgh
Except for a few kind people. A compilation of all the 'expert picks' with their predictions for Penguins/Rangers

Penguins' Christian Ehrhoff cleared for contact, still day-to-day -
Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has been cleared for contact after having to sit out since March 24 with an upper-body injury. He is still listed as day-to-day.

Howard: Babcock ‘hasn’t talked to me at all’ about not starting | ProHockeyTalk
That's... something.

Round one, Flames vs Canucks: Five questions with Nucks Misconduct - Matchsticks and Gasoline
It's playoff time! That means a bunch of games against just one opponent. It's nice to know a bit about them, so we spoke to our sister Canucks blog, Nucks Misconduct, to learn more about the enemy.

Kevin Klein Out for Game One - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers stay-at-home defenseman will be on the shelf for Game 1.

News From Around the Hockey World

McDavid sets Otters record with continued playoff domination | ProHockeyTalk
The draft lottery is on Saturday.

The Season That Was: The Goaltenders - The Copper & Blue
Looking back on another disappointing Oilers season. First up, the goalies.

Dean Lombardi's Loyalty Problem - Jewels From The Crown
From Mike Richards to Dustin Brown, Dean Lombardi has trouble letting go.

Report: Sharks, coach Todd McLellan could part ways by Wednesday -
Todd McLellan's run with the San Jose Sharks could come to a close as early as Wednesday.

Inside the tank: Sabres reporter recalls horrific, surreal season | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Throughout the week, we’ll publish different perspectives on the Tank That Was. Today, it’s correspondent and long-time blogger Joe Yerdon on covering the Sabres beat this season.

McQuaid ‘can’t picture’ not being with Bruins | ProHockeyTalk
May I interest you in Sedona Red?

National Women's Hockey League to kick off season October 17, but who will play? - Broad Street Hockey
The NWHL plans on kicks off its inaugural season in October.

Senators Assistant Coach Mark Reeds Passes Away - Silver Seven
Fighting cancer for the last few years, Mark Reeds, 55, died earlier this morning.

The Final Howl

Kings Players Have Productive Start to Summer Vacation - Jewels From The Crown