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A change in the NWHL, Joe Vitale is out for the rest of the season, and remembering the NHL's first expansion.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes play decent hockey, lose to Vancouver Canucks anyway - Five For Howling
The Arizona Coyotes actually put together a pretty solid performance, but two breakdowns and the Coyotes lose 2-1 to the Vancouver Canucks.

Arizona Coyotes create adult-youth NHL jersey exchange in time for Friday's game vs. Calgary Flames - ABC15 Arizona
The Coyotes will give away replica youth jerseys in exchange for adult jerseys of any other NHL team.

Report: Coyotes shut down Vitale (concussion) for the season – ProHockeyTalk
He was injured during a fight in October.

Coyotes Chatter: Rookies and vets need to answer Doan's challenge | FOX Sports
FOX Sports Arizona's Todd Walsh discusses the state of the Coyotes with 30 games to play with Matt McConnell and Tyson Nash.

NWHL News

NWHL COO Speirs out after allegedly trying to 'discredit' women's league | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: A source close to the situation tells Puck Daddy the move to severe the relationship with Speirs was one that became painfully apparent after Speirs took over as general manager for the Whale in December.

News From Around the Hockey World

One year later, Bill Foley admits he was 'naive' about NHL process | Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bill Foley was sitting on a couch at his Las Vegas office across the street from TPC Summerlin and wondered, "Where did the time go?"

Longtime NHL ref explains why no suspension was the right call for Wayne Simmonds - Broad Street Hockey
No suspension for Wayne Simmonds was the right call, says former NHL ref Kerry Fraser.

At season’s end, Holland will ‘plot a plan’ to deal with Red Wings’ goalie situation – ProHockeyTalk
"As we wake up today, obviously Petr Mrazek is our number-one guy."

Blackhawks, Univision announce first-ever Spanish-language radio broadcast - Second City Hockey
The Hawks-Wings game on March 6 will be broadcast on Univision in Spanish.

Christian Ehrhoff is on waivers. Sure, why not. - The Copper & Blue
Christian Ehrhoff is a defenceman, that's good enough for me.

BEST AND WORST: Ducks 4, Flyers 1 - Anaheim Calling
The Ducks bounced back to earn a split in their back-to-back games in the Keystone State.

Ding Dion, The Red Wings Win: Wings 3 - Senators 1 - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings are halfway through their 5-game homestand, a crucial stretch as they try to turn around their fortunes at home while solidifying their chances at a 25th straight playoff appearance.

Rangers Vs. Penguins Recap: Lundqvist, Rangers Shutout Penguins To Earn Fourth Straight Win - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers earned their fourth straight victory this evening and defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a final score of 3-0.

With 1967 expansion, the NHL ‘spread the game from California to New York’ - NBC Sports
"It convinced a lot of people that hockey was a major sport now and it was coast-to-coast and that selling franchises would not be difficult."

The Jonathan Drouin Holdout Narrative Is Unfair - Mile High Hockey
The former No. 3 overall pick is receiving plenty of negative attention following his holdout and subsequent suspension by the Tampa Bay Lightning, but is the media coverage being fair compared to other recent cases?

Study: Todd Ewen's brain did not show signs of CTE | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Todd Ewen’s brain did not show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a Canadian Concussion Centre report released on Wednesday.

Looking back at the Phaneuf and Stajan trade - Matchsticks and Gasoline
One of the Flames' most controversial trades ever gets the retrospective treatment.

In praise of Maple Leafs’ roster demolition crew | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Shanahan and his crew had no interest in flipping the house. They wanted to burn it all down and rebuild. While Burke was the embodiment of impatience, they preached patience from the start.

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: The five worst Stanley Cup finals of the last 50 years | The Hockey News
So since misery loves company, let’s take a moment to commiserate with our football friends with a look back at the five worst Cup finals over the last 50 years.