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The Coyotes have purchased their AHL franchise pending approval, the playoffs aren't getting good ratings in Canada, and eliminations may be coming soon.

Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes could name GM sooner rather than later - AZCentral
The Coyotes’ general manager post has been vacant for barely a week, but the position could be filled soon.

In Ontario, it's Dylan Strome versus Christian Dvorak - Five For Howling
Arizona's two most touted prospects will square off in the OHL's Western Conference Finals.

AHL News

Tucson official: 'We've got to get busy' to secure new AHL club - Tucson.com
Deal contingent on AHL approval, negotiations with city, Rio Nuevo.

Arizona Coyotes to purchase Springfield Falcons, relocate team to Tucson - Five For Howling
Rumored for many years, it appears the Arizona Coyotes' AHL affiliate will be moving closer to home.

Playoff News

Canadian NHL ratings ‘shockingly low’ for 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: "Even with no Canadian teams, those are shockingly low numbers," said one industry expert. "There were regular season games on TSN two years ago that did better than that."

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare suspended for Game 4 - Broad Street Hockey
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's hit on Dmitry Orlov in Game 3 resulted in a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. This afternoon, the NHL's Department of Player Safety added another game to the punishment.

Game 3 Recap: Pens fight back, defeat Rangers 3-1 - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game 3 of the playoffs thanks to goals from Sidney Crosby and Matt Cullen.

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1, Game 4: Lightning respond with 3-2 win over Wings, lead 3-1 in series - Raw Charge
After laying an egg on Sunday night, the Bolts respond with a dominating power-play performance to pull ahead with a comfortable 3-1 series lead.

Blues refusing to let NHL have their way - St. Louis Game Time
Despite hardship and tough response from Chicago, the Blues continue to show resiliency.

Andrew Shaw got caught on TV using a homophobic slur in the penalty box - Second City Hockey
A dumb penalty is one thing. This is unacceptable.

News From Around the Hockey World

The Flames Defence Is Short A Piece - Matchsticks and Gasoline
So many defencemen, so much money and a few horrible contracts could leave Nakaldal on the outside looking in.

Report: Frozen Four MOP Caggiula shortlists six NHL teams – ProHockeyTalk
Chicago has the lure of playing with a number of talented forwards, and it’s worth noting another of Caggiula’s UND teammates, Nick Schmaltz, is Blackhawks property. Chicago took Schmaltz 20th overall in 2014.

Andrew Nielsen finding his way in professional hockey with Toronto Marlies - Pension Plan Puppets
Andrew Nielsen's taste of professional hockey might be over for now but his progression has surprised everyone, even himself.

Down Goes Brown: Finding hope in this year's playoff outcasts - Sportsnet.ca
Sportsnet's Sean McIndoe goes through all 14 teams who missed the playoffs and matches them to a playoff team that can offer them a reason for optimism.

Metallurg, Alex Semin capture second KHL title in three years | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Six months after firing Mike Keenan as their head coach, Metallurg Magnitogorsk claimed their second Gagarin Cup in three years.

The Final Howl

Tempe now a home base for curling's U.S. expansion - Wrangler News
Hockey isn't the only ice sport expanding in the Southwest.