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The opening events of All-Star Weekend begin today. Details in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

The Unheralded: Pacific Division - PensBurgh
A breakdown of players deserving more credit for their play, with reviews from writers from each of the teams in the division.

A Guy Like Me | The Players' Tribune
John Scott talks about his time in the NHL, being an All Star, and getting traded.

The NHL tried to use John Scott’s kids to bully him out of the All-Star Game - SBNation.com
You thought the NHL forcing a trade of John Scott was bad? Wait until you hear his full side of the story.

News From Around the Hockey World

Dennis Wideman Collision With Linesman, Don Henderson: What Will Be The Repercussions, If Any? - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Intent is the question regarding Dennis Wideman's collision with linesman, Don Henderson last night.

Concussion protocols: At what point do we take things more seriously? - Eyes On The Prize
The research and facts are out there, so why isn't the NHL cracking down more harshly on head shots and enforcing concussion protocols?

Mason doesn’t believe injury is serious – ProHockeyTalk
The All-Star break has come at a convenient time.

The Habs' lack of offensive creativity, and the value of east-west offense - Eyes On The Prize
The Habs have a great Corsi For percentage this year, which should translate into an endless stream of goals, but they're not taking advantage of their puck possession in the offensive zone.

Who Should Ride Shotgun with Ryan Johansen and James Neal? - On the Forecheck
When Ryan Johansen got traded to the Preds it was obvious he was going to be paired alongside former 40-goal scorer James Neal. That has combo hasn't come into question since the outset. What has come into question is who will play with those two.

Rangers Can't Afford To Be Buyers This Year (Literally And Figuratively) - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers probably want to be buyers leading up to this year's trade deadline, but they can't be.

The NHL Needs To Stop Taking Itself So Damn Seriously - Winging It In Motown
The NHL wants you to know that the All-Star Game is a really big deal. The fans aren't buying it.

NHL Blog Council: The Bruins must make changes and Michel Therrien is Jar Jar Binks - SBNation.com
And other answers to your burning hockey questions!

Jagr, Scott and 5 reasons this NHL All-Star Game might not be terrible - CBSSports.com
The NHL All-Star Game has been bleeding viewers and testing fans' patience. Could this year be different? Here are five reasons why it just might be.

Evgeny Kuznetsov Named to the NHL All-Star Game - Japers' Rink
Kuznetsov gets the nod as a late injury addition for this weekend's festivities.

Los Angeles Kings Reportedly Next All Star Game Host - TSS
With the 2016 All Star Game just days away, the NHL has reportedly decided on their host team for 2017 - and it's the Los Angeles Kings.

The Final Howl

Behold, the Velveeta Cheese Fountain at NHL All-Star Game (Photos) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports