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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - back to hockey

After a brief respite, we have both international and Stanley Cup Playoff action today. More on both in today's Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Does the Coyotes' survival hinge on an arena deal battle? - Five For Howling
No, but that's what Rick Westhead from TSN would like you to think. I have grabbed a copy of his latest article and will analyze what will surely be treated as gospel up north in the latest of the Coyotes saga.

Coyotes refute TSN report | ProHockeyTalk
Actually, they say there are "simply too many" mistakes to refute.

Arizona Coyotes Still An Easy Target - Today's Slapshot
It doesn't matter what positive financial news or community involvement the Coyotes have. If you're a Canadian media outlet, they can do no right.

2015 IIHF World Championship: Let's play two - Five For Howling
As teams at the 2015 IIHF World Championship move ahead to the semifinal round, the Coyotes' continue to have a strong presence on international ice. However, their most productive representative will not be moving on.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Young, Cheap Talent The Key To Sustained Contention for Rangers - Blueshirt Banter
The hockey community tends to tunnel in on star players when it comes to the playoffs, but it's the Rangers young depth that is making a difference and has enabled them to reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in four years.

Ryan Getzlaf out to prove he's the top middle-man in Western Conference Final | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
As the Ducks prepare to face the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final, Getzlaf will be a major focus for the Anaheim. He is its version of Chicago’s Jonathan Toews.

Lightning's Ryan Callahan still day-to-day, could play in Game 1 -
After an emergency appendectomy, Ryan Callahan is still day-to-day. He still could possibly play in Game 1.

2015 NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning faithful: Looking for a sign? - Raw Charge
A talk with the pastor in Largo uses his church's marquee to praise his favorite hockey team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

News From Around the Hockey World

MLB, NHL blackout antitrust case granted class-action status by judge -
A lawsuit that aims to end MLB and NHL blackout restrictions moved forward Thursday in a U.S. District Court in New York.

Michel Therrien to remain Canadiens coach, GM Marc Bergevin says -
Michel Therrien and his coaching staff will be back next year according to Marc Bergevin.

Marc Bergevin's year end press conference wasn't encouraging - Eyes On The Prize
What Bergevin said isn't really what he should be judged upon as a general manager, it's what he does that matters. However his post-season press conference was... weird.

McDavid shut out in Erie’s elimination loss | ProHockeyTalk
So, what's next?

2015 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #15 - Travis Konecny - The Cannon
A mix of skill, speed, intensity and leadership are the recipe for big offensive numbers. Could he be Arizona's late 1st round selection?

Mike Babcock coaching decision could come by May 20 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Babcock still has a window to interview with other teams and still will make a choice on whether he wants to be the next Red Wings coach. His contract is up this offseason.

Don Cherry Tells Mike Babcock to Stay in Detroit - Winging It In Motown
Don Cherry is at it again!

NHL Prospect Tournament Trophy to honor contributions of Matthew Wuest - Detroit Red Wings - Press Release
This is a very nice gesture by the Red Wings.

Dallas Stars offices, practice facility evacuated amid police standoff -
The practice facility of the Dallas Stars has been locked down after police chased a robbery suspect into the facility's parking garage. Players and team staff were still in the building.

Mike Green, a pending UFA, says it’s ‘not about the money’ | ProHockeyTalk
"I want to win the Cup."

Hockey Refs Are Out To Get You (If They Already Got The Other Guy) | FiveThirtyEight
Referees try to even out penalties in the playoffs? I'm shocked.

The Final Howl

Eulogy: Remembering the 2014-15 Washington Capitals | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports