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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - Draft Day

It's Christmas in June for the NHL, as the 30 teams unwrap brand new prospects for their systems. More on this and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes Release 2015-16 Schedule: Season starts on October 9 in Los Angeles - Five For Howling
The Arizona Coyotes released their schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 NHL season. Highlights include the home opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins and two visits from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

How Hello Kitty plays into the Arizona Coyotes, Glendale fight - Phoenix Business Journal
With the Coyotes sometimes the headlines sound like Mad Libs.

Offers coming in as Coyotes contemplate what to do with No. 3 pick | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The NHL Draft will begin at pick No. 3 with the Arizona Coyotes. We know Connor McDavid is going to Edmonton first overall and Jack Eichel will land with the Buffalo Sabres at No. 2. The real fun begins when it’s Don Maloney’s turn to decide what to do.

Maloney fielding numerous offers as NHL Draft approaches | FOX Sports
Coyotes GM Don Maloney said he has received four or five legitimate offers for the team's No. 3 overall selection in the NHL Draft.

Draft News

Ray Shero could push Devils culture change this week | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Ray Shero and the Devils are one of the more interesting cases during this draft/free agent period where teams try to make moves to improve themselves for next season.

Get to know a draft pick — Mitch Marner | ProHockeyTalk
Coming off a tremendous offensive campaign with OHL London, he's expected to go top-five.

Draft primer: McDavid, Eichel won't be only drama kings this weekend - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Sure, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel will be picked 1-2 in the draft, but there promises to be other player movement this weekend.

The day before the draft, Eichel still won’t say if he’s going pro | ProHockeyTalk
"I'm kinda waiting to be locked in with a team."

News From Around the Hockey World

Want to beat the NHL salary cap? Here's how: - Five For Howling
Five ways to beat the current salary-cap system.

Bieksa On The Move? - Nucks Misconduct
It's about that time for some painful decisions to be made.

Sharks interested in Kevin Bieksa, about three years too late - Fear The Fin
Once a legitimate top-pairing defenseman, Bieksa has severely declined over the past three seasons.

Benning knows he ‘could get criticized’ for trading fan favorite Eddie Lack | ProHockeyTalk
"Sitting in my shoes, and when I talk to my management team, we have to make the decision that's best for the organization going forward."

Alex Burmistrov's skill, not scoring makes him key to the Winnipeg Jets - Arctic Ice Hockey
Alexander Burmistrov is in line to return to the Winnipeg Jets next season. How will he help them?

Pending UFA Frolik to meet with other teams, Jets say door’s still open | ProHockeyTalk
"We've had good dialogue with him and his representative. We'll see how things play out."

Avalanche Acquire Carl Soderberg - Mile High Hockey
Colorado trade a 6th to the Bruins for the rights to the pending UFA.

Report: Avs feel they have ‘no choice’ but to trade O’Reilly | ProHockeyTalk
But if they do, when?

LCS HOCKEY - Hartless: How the 1989 Hart Voting Rewrote History
A lot of information about why Mario Lemieux finished 3rd in the Hart voting in 1989.

It's Time to Rename the NHL Awards - Puck JunkPuck Junk
An argument for renaming the NHL awards.

2015 NHL Awards Show That League, Writers Still Have Serious Credibility Issues | Frozen Royalty
With West Coast players being shut out at the National Hockey League awards once again, the league’s annual showcase of its best and brightest is just another reminder of how much of an embarrassing joke the NHL awards have been for years.

Best and worst (but mostly worst) of the 2015 NHL Awards Show | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This was, unequivocally, the worst NHL Awards show since they moved it to Vegas (2013 was by far the best). And man, that's saying something.

Stoll’s felony drug charge reduced to pair of misdemeanors | ProHockeyTalk
Which will likely prevent any immigration issues.

The Final Howl

John Tavares & Rob Riggle's "Brooklyn Blogger" interview: Two minutes of your life you won't get back - Lighthouse Hockey