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Auston Matthews made a splash by scoring four goals in his NHL debut in an overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators, Wayne Gretzky has taken a job with the Edmonton Oilers, and Carey Price will miss the first game of the Montreal Canadiens season.

He doesn't even need a stick he's so good.
He doesn't even need a stick he's so good.
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Coyotes News

Five For Howling needs new contributors! - Five For Howling
As the 2016-17 season gets underway, we could use more talent on our staff!

John Chayka ranks high on NHL's most important people list - Arizona Sports
USA Today made a list of the most important people in the NHL, and 26-year-old Coyotes general manager John Chayka was placed at No. 16.

Coyotes overhaul penalty-kill unit that has been among the NHL's worst | FOX Sports
The abundant defensive acquisitions of first-year general manager John Chayka could improve a penalty-kill unit that was among the worst in the league last season.

Coyotes preview: Chayka confident of improvement across the board | FOX Sports
Coyotes general manager John Chayka joins Matt McConnell to share his thoughts on the start of the season.

The Phoenix Jar: official rules of the season - Five For Howling
With the season about to start, it’s time for a proper rules post for the Phoenix Jar.

Why Auston Matthews is already one of the NHL's most important players - CBSSports.com
The Arizona-born top pick of one of the league's oldest franchises debuts Wednesday

News From Around the Hockey World

Recap: Sens 5, Auston Matthews 4 (OT) - Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs lost, but what a game.

Jack Eichel injures ankle at practice - Die By The Blade
Nothing good ever happens to us.

Wayne Gretzky joins Edmonton Oilers in management role - Yahoo Sports
Wayne Gretzky has officially returned to an NHL team in a management capacity.

Cheveldayoff hasn’t budged, still calls Trouba a ‘big part’ of the Jets – ProHockeyTalk
But Trouba would reportedly "love" to play in Detroit.

The younger, faster Blackhawks look different, but don’t sleep on their Stanley Cup chances - Second City Hockey
An offseason makeover has Chicago looking younger and quicker. Don’t be surprised if that’s ultimately a good thing.

Here are the Pittsburgh Penguins with a bunch of puppies - PensBurgh
This is so important.

St. John’s IceCaps reveal new alternate jersey - Eyes On The Prize
The St. John’s team honours the Royal Newfoundland Regiment once again.

Five teams with a closing Stanley Cup window | The Hockey News
If these teams don't win in the near future, their time will likely be passed.

Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov earns Number 1 Hockey Boy preseason recognition - Broad Street Hockey
The Number 1 Hockey Boy panel has named Ivan Provorov the Number 1 Hockey Boy for the week of October 12.

Charlie Lindgren recalled from the St. John’s IceCaps - Eyes On The Prize
With Carey Price battling the flu, Lindgren has received the call from the Habs

Carey Price will not fly to Buffalo with the team, out with flu - Eyes On The Prize
Montreal’s best player may not take part in the season opener on Thursday

The Final Howl

Luongo, other NHLers react to Matthews' extraordinary debut | theScore.com
Players don't typically wade into the online commentary mid-game, but after Auston Matthews sprung for four goals (and counting) in his debut Wednesday night, they couldn't help but reach for their phones.