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Playoff hockey has begun, the Coyotes may be bringing the AHL to Tucson, and some NHL award snubs.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes' Shane Doan contemplating playing future - AZCentral
Coyotes captain Shane Doan is set to mull over his future with his family and if he elects to return, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Coyotes likely to move AHL affiliate to Tucson next season - Arizona Sports
The Coyotes will likely have an American Hockey League team playing in Tucson next season.

Report: Arizona Coyotes relocating AHL team to Tucson - Five For Howling
Reports indicate that the Coyotes will have an AHL affiliate in Tucson next season.

Arizona Coyotes Prospect Awards for 2015-16 point to promising trends - Hockey's Future
Peter Prohaska hands out the Arizona Coyotes Prospects Awards for Hockey's Future

Which top defensemen should the Arizona Coyotes hunt for? - Five For Howling
Top tier defensemen are hard to come by and cost a lot. So which one would be the best fit for Arizona?

Handing Out Coyotes Accolades - Today's Slapshot
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Last week, I picked out the NHL awards favorites. This week, it’s time for the local version.

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs News

Penguins vs. Rangers recap: Pens weather the storm, Hornqvist strong in Game 1 win - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins have to start Jeff Zatkoff and have a tough first period, but keep battling and eventually win 5-2 in a tough, wild game that also saw Rangers star goalie Henrik Lundqvist leave the game with an injury.

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1, Game 1: Kucherov leads Lightning in 3-2 win - Raw Charge
The Tampa Bay Lightning got two goals from Nikita Kucherov to come from behind and beat the Detroit Red Wings in the opening game of their series in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Henrik Lundqvist injured after being speared in the eye with a stick from his own teammate - SBNation.com
Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow.

Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game 1 results: Blackhawks fall 1-0 in OT, trail series 1-0 - Second City Hockey
The Blues held home court, winning a tight Game 1 in overtime by a score of 1-0.

News From Around the Hockey World

Habs offensive expectations: Season review - Eyes On The Prize
With the frustrating season in the books, it's time to wrap things up.

Down Goes Brown: Five surprising NHL award ballot snubs | The Hockey News
Since the league prefers that members of the PHWA don't reveal their ballots, DGB found a loophole and said who isn't on is ballot.

Leafs sign Morgan Rielly to six-year contract worth $5M annually - Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs lock up their young starlet on defense to a long term deal.

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Nazem Kadri to six-year contract extension - Pension Plan Puppets
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed centre Nazem Kadri to a six-year extension.

Kings GM pushes for Doughty to win Norris; change voting process | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Lombardi didn’t reference Karlsson by name, but took a dig at offensive defensemen in general.

The agony of defeat at the NCAA Frozen Four - SBNation.com
One team wins college hockey's national title every year, soaking up the glory that comes with it. But what about the other 59 teams that lose?

Longtime NHL coach Hartsburg announces retirement – ProHockeyTalk
Served as the bench boss in Chicago, Anaheim and Ottawa during a lengthy career.

The Final Howl

Gentleman, start your livers - Battle of California
We are all going to die, so have fun getting there