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The three finalists for the Norris Trophy have been revealed, while another game seven looms on the horizon. More on both stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

From the editor's desk: Oh captain! My (salary) captain! - Five For Howling
How the NHL Salary Cup benefits the Arizona Coyotes.

Smith seeks redemption at worlds | The Kingston Whig-Standard
Sean Burke hopes to get Mike Smith's game right by the time the World Championships roll around.

Arizona Coyotes ink naming rights deal with whiskey brand - Phoenix Business Journal
Wicked Tango Whiskey will have naming rights to a terrace level at Gila River Arena.

Pirates News

Arizona Coyotes AHL Report- 4/27/15 - Howlin' Hockey
The Arizona Coyotes AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, are currently in the 1st round of the Calder Cup playoffs and trail their series 2-1.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Recap: Caps Win! Caps Win!! Caps Win!!! - Japers' Rink
The Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders, 2-1, in Game 7 to advance to the second round of the post season.

VIDEO: Evgeny Kuznetsov shows great patience, scores Game 7 winner - CBSSports.com
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the game-winning goal for the Washington Capitals late in Game 7 after a great show of skill and patience.

2015 NHL Playoffs Game 6 recap: Tampa Bay Lightning even series with 5-2 win over Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena - Raw Charge
The Tampa Bay Lightning got the crucial first goal, built a lead, and held off a late surge from the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-2 road win to even the series at 3-3 with Game 7 on Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

Niklas Kronwall crunches Nikita Kucherov in big collision (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Niklas Kronwall is known as a guy who plays a little fast and loose when it comes to how he hits his opponent. But he has never been suspended. Maybe some discipline will come from this bashing of Nikita Kucherov if Tampa Bay forces Game 7 against the Red Wings?

Kucherov isn’t going to ‘cry’ about Kronwall hit | ProHockeyTalk
Controversy-killing comments?

Bryan Bickell not scoring goals, but ready to breakout for Blackhawks - Second City Hockey
The Chicago forward performs his best in the playoffs and against Minnesota Wild.

When The Rules Decide It - Silver Seven
Sunday's disallowed goal stings, but I don't think it was controversial.

Western Conference Will Still Be Tough To Win - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild vanquished the St. Louis Blues, yes, but the rest of the road to the Stanley Cup Final will be no picnic.

News From Around the Hockey World

Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, P.K. Subban voted Norris Trophy finalists | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Norris Trophy.

Shea Weber, Roman Josi miss out on Norris Trophy - On the Forecheck
Neither defenseman are challenging for the award this year.

Mark Giordano snubbed for the Norris Trophy for the second year in a row - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Gio has been the best defenceman in the NHL two seasons now, but injuries have cost him proper recognition both times.

The Winnipeg Jets Future Is Bright - Arctic Ice Hockey
It is also worth stating that this won't be the last time that the hockey world will hear and see the whiteout in Winnipeg. The Jets are a team on the rise.

Crosby, Malkin are not responsible for Penguins' salary cap problems - CBSSports.com
The Pittsburgh Penguins lost in the first round of the playoffs again, and they still have salary cap issues. But Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are not the reason for those problems.

Forward Trade Targets - Canes Country
While defense appears to be a major need for the Canes, it certainly isn't the only need. The Hurricanes have many holes; Here are some forward trade targets that I believe might be able to help...

2015 IIHF World Championship schedule, format, teams and TV coverage - Broad Street Hockey
The 2015 IIHF World Championships begin on May 1 and run through May 17. Find information on the schedule, the teams, the format, the tournament's Olympic repercussions, and television coverage.

Report: Developers file intent to build arena in Seattle suburb | ProHockeyTalk
New building could open by the fall of 2017.

The Final Howl

Eulogy: Remembering the 2014-15 Nashville Predators | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports