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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - Smitty Brings Home Gold

Although Mike Smith had a less than stellar regular season in the NHL he had success at the IIHF Worlds which will hopefully increase his confidence going into next season.

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Coyotes News

2010 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes patient with 2010 draft class - Hockey's Future
Players drafted by the Coyotes in this Draft haven't spent much time in the NHL.

Coyotes' Mike Smith puts mediocre season to rest with gold medal | FOX Sports
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith helped Hockey Canada win a gold medal at the IIHF World Championship with a 1.50 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.

Arizona Coyotes' Mike Smith motivated by gold medal - AZ Central
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith grabbed gold recently at the World Championship, and that is motivating him to be better in the NHL.

2015 IIHF World Championship: a trip well worth taking - Five For Howling
Several Arizona Coyotes are coming back from the IIHF World Championship with hardware.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blackhawks vs. Ducks Game 2: Marcus Kruger lifts Chicago to 3-2 win in 3-OT, series even 1-1 - Second City Hockey
Chicago wins longest game in franchise history to even series 1-1.

Video: Crawford tries to bump Rakell, falls over, scrum ensues | ProHockeyTalk
Things got feisty.

Potential Double OT-Winning Goal Disallowed For Being Too Awesome - Deadspin
Hockey players regularly play soccer in the locker room before games, and Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw pulled his best Ronaldo impression when he headed in a goal that left the city of Chicago thinking they’d won Game 2 of the Western Conference Final in double overtime. But no! It turns out that’s illegal. But still awesome.

Why Andrew Shaw's game-winning overtime headbutt goal in Game 2 was ruled off - Second City Hockey
Because the NHL hates fun, that's why.

The influence and ripples from the Martin S. Louis / Ryan Callahan trade for the Tampa Bay Lightning - Raw Charge
Martin St. Louis' forcing his way out of Tampa will have a lasting impact on the team. That impact goes past the immediate and the ripples of the trade will continue through the organization for years.

News From Around the Hockey World

‘I want to stay’ in Boston, says Seidenberg | ProHockeyTalk
"There’s no question about it."

Flames sign Czech defenceman Jakub Nakladal - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Rumoured to be one of three teams in on the 27-year-old defender, the Flames have won the mini-Nakladal sweepstakes.

Sidney Crosby joins IIHF Triple Gold Club - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Sidney Crosby decided to extend his season after an early exit from the playoffs, and it worked out pretty well.

McLellan Named Oilers New Head Coach - The Copper & Blue
It was the worst kept secret in hockey; Todd McLellan is the Oilers new head coach.

McLellan Calls McDavid an Oiler - The Copper & Blue
The rest of the hockey world either cried quietly to themselves or threw up a little in their mouths.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk undergoes successful liver transplant | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Days after announcing he was in need of a liver, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful transplant Tuesday night.

The next mayor of Philadelphia is one of those 'Cindy Crosby' guys - Broad Street Hockey
Ugh, don't do that.

Mike Babcock Talking With Sabres and Red Wings On Potential Deal - Winging It In Motown
It appears that it has come down to the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings for head coach Mike Babcock.

Man who scammed NHL pleads guilty to forgery charges in Ohio - Yahoo Sports
A man who once conned the National Hockey League into thinking he was a wealthy entrepreneur well-qualified to buy one of the league's most storied franchises has been convicted of another scam in Ohio.

30 Thoughts: The last days of Babwatch - Sportsnet.ca
Elliotte Friedman breaks down what to expect in the final 48 hours of Babwatch, Ovechkin's usage in Game 7 vs. Rangers, Philly's Hakstol hiring and more in 30 Thoughts.

EA Sports reveals NHL 16 features; can franchise rebound? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The transition of the NHL videogame series to Playstation 4 and XBox One last year wasn't the smoothest, will the franchise do better with their next game?

Top 5 available free-agent wingers | theScore
If the Coyotes are looking for top 6 players through free agency there are a few potentially available.

Trade or stay? Devils’ Elias seems fine either way | ProHockeyTalk
New GM Ray Shero may decide to move him.

Ryan Kesler vs. Jonathan Toews makes everyone happier (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
If you are interested in narratives you are probably really enjoying the Chicago/Anaheim matchup.

Report: Ex-Sabres coach Nolan in talks for WHL Vancouver gig | ProHockeyTalk
Would be the second straight former NHL coach to take the job.

The Final Howl

The 2015 NHL Playoffs All-Bust Team - Grantland
Its that time of year were we start talking about which players were busts in the first two rounds of the playoffs.