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Steve Ott got called a rodeo clown and Jim Rutherford told a reporter he should be selling ice cream.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes Possible Draft Choice Profile: Noah Hanifin - Howlin Hockey
Since the Arizona Coyotes slipped down to #3 in the NHL draft lottery, Noah Hanifin has been projected as the third overall pick. Will they choose Hanifin?

Arizona Coyotes have some work to do to hit the salary floor - Five For Howling
Arizona Coyotes' general manager Don Maloney has a bit of a ways to go to get to the salary floor. But it's more than doable.

Draft News

What Would You Trade for Connor McDavid? - The Hockey Writers
The Edmonton Oilers won the highly desired Connor McDavid sweepstakes. What would you want to see your team trade to land him?

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Flames vs Canucks game 4 recap: Are we relevant yet? Michael Ferland is asking. - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The youth movement that has been the Calgary Flames regular season continued its success in the post-season as father, son, rookie, and Ferland the Murdersaurus continued to chip away at the Vancouver Canucks. We're up 3-1 in the series too!

Game Recap: Petr Mrazek Shuts out Lightning 3-0, Red Wings Take 2-1 Series Lead - Winging It In Motown
The Detroit Red Wings rode a Petr Mrazek shutout to a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their Atlantic Division semifinal.

Capitals vs. Islanders Recap: Backstrom's OT Winner Ties the Series at Two - Japers' Rink
First period goals from Alex Ovechkin and Casey Cizikas had the score knotted at one after the first period. Fifty one minutes of scoreless hockey would follow, until Nicklas Backstrom tallied at the eleven minute mark of overtime to tie the series.

Blackhawks survive in 3OT, take 3-1 lead over Predators - Second City Hockey
In a game that literally lasted until Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Preds on a goal in the third overtime from Brent Seabrook.

Pekke Rinne loses puck in gear, causing hilarious delay in OT (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Video: Finally! Slumping Vermette scores his first as a Blackhawk | ProHockeyTalk
Its been a while since former Coyote Antoine Vermette has scored a goal.

Byfuglien channels Marshawn Lynch, repeats same phrase with reporters (Updated with video) | ProHockeyTalk
"As long as we stick together as a team, we'll be all right."

WATCH: Jets fans sernade Ducks' Corey Perry with 'Katy Perry' chant -
Winnipeg Jets fans serenaded Corey Perry with a "Katy Perry" chant. Does that cross the line?

Winnipeg's celebration of playoff hockey opens old wounds in Atlanta -
The hockey world was abuzz Monday with the return of NHL playoff hockey to Winnipeg. But for fans in Atlanta who lost this team to relocation four years ago, it was anything but joyous.

OTF's Guide to Playoff Relaxation - On the Forecheck
Luckily Coyotes fans don't have to worry about the stress.

Steve Ott is a rodeo clown: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"When Ott actually had a chance to help his team with a third-period breakaway, he lost the puck, then fanned on a pass in the crease. He’s not a hockey player; he’s a rodeo clown. "

Are Pittsburgh Penguins in meltdown or is ice cream bowl half-full? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
After the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Game 3 loss to the New York Rangers, kindly old GM Jim Rutherford decided to let off some steam at the expense of Rob Rossi, caustic Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist, and Penguins naysayer.

News From Around the Hockey World

Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler and Anze Kopitar voted Lady Byng finalists | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The award is annually given to "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."

Michael Ferland: Taking the Path Less Travelled to the NHL - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Understanding how much Michael has had to overcome to get to where he is today, and how he's thriving now.

Sabres reportedly signing former Eichel teammate Evan Rodrigues - Die By The Blade
Rodrigues developed a ton of chemistry with Jack Eichel at Boston University, and the two players will now likely be with the same NHL franchise.

Alex Burrows carried away from Calgary Saddledome on stretcher after morning skate | The Province
Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows left the team's morning skate early and was carried out of the Calgary Saddledome on a stretcher more than half an hour later.

IIHF says getting NHL players to 2018 Olympics ‘will not be easy’ | ProHockeyTalk
There's currently no deal in place for the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

NHL's broadcast deal dampened by plunging Canadian dollar | theScore
This could have some pretty big implications for next year's salary cap.

The Final Howl

Tommy Wiseau, star of 'The Room', presents his Stanley Cup Playoff bracket | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
If you've seen The Room this is exactly what you would expect from Tommy Wiseau filling out a bracket.