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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Vitale's Position

Joe Vitale is going to potentially moving to win next season, the YoungStars team for the World Cup of Hockey, and an ECHL team is going to change their name to the best name in hockey.

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Coyotes News

Scottsdale's Auston Matthews takes unconventional path to prepare for NHL - AZCentral
Scottsdale native Auston Matthews is prepping for a career in the NHL by playing in Switzerland.

Coyotes' Vitale hopes position switch helps him find his game | FOX Sports
Coyotes forward Joe Vitale will shift from fourth-line center to fourth-line wing this season.

Arizona Coyotes Ownership Needs To Invest More Into Team - Howlin' Hockey
The Arizona Coyotes ownership group needs to invest more into the team to allow it to become successful. They have the second highest cap space in the NHL.

News From Around the Hockey World

Roster Announced for 2015 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game - SB Nation College Hockey
USA Hockey announced the players scheduled to participate in this year's All-American Prospects Game, featuring America's best draft-eligible prospects

Who should lead YoungStars team at World Cup of Hockey? - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Combining a group of young players from two countries is no easy feat. Scott Burnside and Craig Custance debate who should build the YoungStars team.

Comparing the price of individual tickets at the Bell Centre from 2014-15 to 2015-16 - Eyes On The Prize
The increase on individual ticket prices range from 2.5% to 22%.

Erik Karlsson has an interesting take on (not) training | ProHockeyTalk
His conditioning comes on the ice, not in the weight room.

Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Kessel and Crosby; Canes on the move? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
There wasn't really a good answer between Kessel-and-Crosby or Kessel-and-Malkin as far as opponents went, but if you're looking to keep Pittsburgh goals off the board, that was probably about as bad as the news could have gotten.

The final 2015-16 NHL standings, brought to you in August 2015 | theScore
Why wait for the season to start when you can get the standings early?

Trading a defenceman -- particularly Dustin Byfuglien -- still makes sense for Winnipeg Jets
Is Byfuglien's time with the Jets coming to an end?

Marian Hossa's Age Isn't an Issue Just Yet - Today's Slapshot
Prior to the start of every year, there's some discussion about Marian Hossa's age and whether or not the future Hall of Famer will experience a decline...

Neal Spreads Charitable Efforts Through Smilezone and Upcoming Hockey Clinic - Nashville Predators - Features
James Neal does a lot of charity work in Tennessee as well as Canada.

theScore's NHL expansion concept: Black Knights, Nordiques have rosters take shape | theScore
theScore did a mock expansion draft for the two possible new teams.

What if NHL doesn’t expand to Quebec City, Las Vegas after all? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: All of this would seem to point to both cities getting NHL teams at the end of this process, even though the League has been careful to say this is far from a sure thing. John Shannon of Sportsnet is also playing the skeptic, particularly about Quebec City getting a team:

Nicklas Backstrom unsure if he’ll be ready for start of Capitals' season | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: "I don’t know if I will be able to play right away when the season starts," he said.

Pittsburgh Penguins give Tom Sestito a professional tryout contract | ProHockeyTalk
Can he impress in training camp?

The Final Howl

What's in a name? ECHL's Swamp Rabbits replace Road Warriors | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: This team was the Johnstown Chiefs from 1987-2010 before moving to Greenville in 2010 and becoming the Road Warriors. But that name cleary wasn’t nearly as cool as the Swamp Rabbits, which is just … awesome.