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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - seismic changes in the East

Major trades went down over the past couple of days in the Eastern Conference. News, reaction, and more in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

HOCKEY: Former Alton standout Dakota Mermis signs with Arizona Coyotes - The Telegraph - thetelegraph.com
A smaller signing that may have gone unnoticed yesterday.

Arizona Coyotes' offseason priority: Improving defense - azcentral.com
The Coyotes are still looking to upgrade their blue line even though they have enough players to fill out the top-six.

Antoine Vermette makes 'easy adjustment' in return to Coyotes | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
After the Arizona Coyotes’ 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins back on Feb. 28, Antoine Vermette held an emotional post-game scrum. The NHL trade deadline was less than 48 hours away and the pending unrestricted free agent knew he would be traded.

News From Around the Hockey World

Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos slams Penguins GM Jim Rutherford - CBSSports.com
Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos didn't hold back on his thoughts of Jim Rutherford, his former GM and current GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL-KHL fail to reach player-transfer deal | ProHockeyTalk
Leagues will continue to respect each other's contracts. But that's it.

Can Justin Williams give Washington Game 7 success? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Washington blew a 3-1 series lead to the New York Rangers this past postseason and lost … wait for it … in Game 7.

Losing Jimmy Hayes hurts, but getting Reilly Smith in return is worth it - Litter Box Cats
The Cats traded Jimmy Hayes to the Boston Bruins, and got a better back in the form of Reilly Smith.

Johan Hedberg takes over goalie coaching duties from retiring AGM Wayne Thomas - Fear The Fin
After 22 years in the organization, Wayne Thomas announced his retirement.

Martin St. Louis Announces Retirement - Blueshirt Banter
The 40-year-old’s career comes to a close after playing 1,241 NHL games for the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, and New York Rangers.

Martin St. Louis retires after 16 seasons; Hall of Fame worthy? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride," he said, through the New York Rangers, his final NHL team.

Blues Sign Forward Kyle Brodziak - St. Louis Game Time
The former Wild will be centering the fourth line.

Blues Trade T.J. Oshie To Washington Capitals For Troy Brouwer, Pick, And Prospect - St. Louis Game Time
This may be the epitome of a "trade for trade's sake."

Flyers add depth in goal, sign LaBarbera | ProHockeyTalk
It's a one-year, two-way deal.

Painkillers and Double Standards in the NHL - Pension Plan Puppets
Mike Richards contract was terminated for an alleged issue with pain killers and the Canadian border.

Attempting to Make Sense of the Phil Kessel Trade - Grantland
Was the Kessel trade one that the Leafs wanted to make or had to make?

Mirtle: Leafs viewed dumping Kessel as essential to their rebuild - The Globe and Mail
The Toronto Maple Leafs went into the two weeks after the Stanley Cup final incredibly determined to trade their top scorer

Revisiting the original Phil Kessel trade, where nobody is a winner today - CBSSports.com
In September of 2009 the Boston Bruins traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks, two of which were later used on Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. None of those players remain with those teams today.

Report: Leafs have granted the Ducks permission to hire Dave Nonis | ProHockeyTalk
He was fired by Toronto back in April.

Voynov Pleads No Contest to Misdemeanor Count of Corporal Injury - Jewels From The Crown
The charge, a single misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse. was reduced from a felony. Voynov's plea results in 90 days of jail time and 3 years probation.

The Final Howl

Keith Olbermann Tears Up Steve Simmons - Pension Plan Puppets