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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - welcome to the pack Mr. Merkley!

Nick Merkley is now officially a member of the Arizona Coyotes. Details on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Coyotes sign 1st-round draft pick Nick Merkley | FOX Sports
The 18-year-old right wing, selected 30th in the June draft, had 20 goals and 70 regular-season games last season for assistant last season for Kelowna in the Western Hockey League.

Coyotes' Fourth Line Defined by Energy and Grit - TSS
Kyle Chipchura is no stranger to the wing and he's no stranger to projected Arizona Coyotes linemates Boyd Gordon and Joe Vitale.

McDavid vs. Eichel vs. can anyone else actually win the Calder? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Can McDavid or Eichel lose the Calder this season?

Arizona Coyotes Klas Dahlbeck Hopes To Be NHL Ready - Howlin' Hockey
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck came over in the Vermette trade, and signed a one-year contract with hopes of showing everyone what he's NHL ready.

Arizona Sports adds Craig Morgan to content team - Arizona Sports
A terrific add.

News From Around the Hockey World

Seidenberg says trade rumors were ‘a slap in the face’ | ProHockeyTalk
Bruins d-man is using them as motivation for a bounce-back campaign.

Report: Penguins owners seek record $750 million to sell team -
The co-owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly seeking $750 million for the franchise in a potential sale.

Iowa hockey team to UND: Roughriders trademark belongs to us | Grand Forks Herald
If UND chooses Roughriders as its new nickname, it may have to buy the name from a junior hockey team in Iowa, an attorney for the team said Wednesday.

Lessons From the NHL’s Surprisingly Sane Summer - Grantland
Fans are used to GMs throwing out crazy deals, and everyone was pretty much surprised this past off-season when that didn't happen.

Henrik Zetterberg says it was time for Mike Babcock to go - Winging It In Motown
Not that it should be any surprise, as there has been a growing trend of Red Wings players stating their displeasure with Babcock's way of coaching, but it's obvious that not only the youth, but the veterans agree that it was time for a new regime.

Blackhawks face no-win situation as Patrick Kane saga continues -
No matter what happens next, the Chicago Blackhawks face a difficult situation when it comes to how to handle Patrick Kane, even if he is cleared of wrongdoing as the subject of an ongoing investigation.

Calgary Flames present Ryan Wilson with PTO | ProHockeyTalk
Can he find a role with the Flames given their deep blueline?

Voynov Taken Into Immigration Custody After Release from Jail - Jewels From The Crown
A hearing before an immigration judge is pending.

Report: Islanders plan to wear patch on jerseys commemorating the late Al Arbour | theScore
The Islanders will honor their long time former coach this upcoming season.

The Final Howl

Judge's assault ruling overturned due to excessive hockey knowledge | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: MacIsaac was charged with aggravated assault when he allegedly jump into the air with his arms raised and knocked out the front teeth of opponent Drew Casterton in an Ottawa Senior Men’s Hockey League game in 2012.