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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - Las Vegas and Randy Carlyle

The Ducks have re-hired Randy Carlyle, Las Vegas expansion is all but confirmed, and notes from GM Chayka.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes 2015-16 Player Grades: Mike Smith - Howlin Hockey
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith played in just 32 games in 2015-16 thanks to injury. It was the tale of two halves for Smith.

Notes: Chayka says Coyotes willing to sign Hanzal to extension - Arizona Sports
Arizona Sports caught up with Coyotes general manager John Chayka on Tuesday morning to get an update on several topics.

NHL Draft Profiles 2016: Could Jake Bean Be Coming to the Desert? - Five For Howling
With the Coyotes looking to add a defenseman at the draft, does it make sense to bring in Jake Bean?

News From Around the Hockey World

A Very Set Mind: Highlights from today's Kevin Cheveldayoff press conference - Arctic Ice Hockey
Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff held court with the press today, providing an opportunity for questions prior to next week's draft in Buffalo.

Rangers Re-sign Chris Summers - Blueshirt Banter
One-year, $600k for the other defenseman that came over in the Yandle trade.

The idea to rename a street after Sidney Crosby is gaining momentum in his hometown – ProHockeyTalk
No. 87 lifted the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy on Sunday.

Report: Assistant coach Rick Bowness signing extension to stay with Tampa Bay Lightning - Raw Charge
Via Twitter: Associate Coach Rick Bowness is sticking around

McKenzie: Red Wings would "Probably Love" to move Tomas Jurco or Teemu Pulkkinen to shed Pavel Datsyuk's cap hit - Winging It In Motown
Bob McKenzie was on TSN 1040 this morning, among the topics he weighed in on, the Red Wings were a part of them.

Report: NHL decides on Las Vegas for expansion franchise - USA Today
The NHL will expand to Las Vegas, making it the first major sports league to have a franchise in the city. Quebec City was also considered as a possible location by the league that could have a new team by 2017-18.

Puck Lists: Seven potential NHL buyout candidates | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: So who's most likely to get bought out in the next few weeks as teams get their ducks in a row for July 1? Basically all the guys whose contracts are too rich, and who teams will really not want to trade for.

Jets aren’t trying to trade Trouba, says Chevy – ProHockeyTalk
"I'm not trying to trade anybody."

Howe visitation draws thousands, Gretzky calls on NHL to retire No. 9 – ProHockeyTalk
Gretzky's No. 99 is the only number retired by the NHL.

‘We’ll be lucky to see him before trade deadline’: Ducks’ Thompson out with ruptured Achilles tendon – ProHockeyTalk
The 31-year-old forward played only 49 games this season due to a shoulder injury.

Randy Carlyle says he's no 'Neanderthal' on hockey analytics | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: On Tuesday Carlyle hit all the right notes, pointing out the importance of holding onto the puck in the offensive zone.

Brad Marchand's best year: A reminder of what's to come. - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The nose knows goals and excellence.

Canucks Name Dan Cloutier Goalie Coach, Retain Rollie Melanson in Player Development Role - Nucks Misconduct
After four years in Utica working with goalies on the farm, Cloutier makes a step up to working with goalies in Vancouver.

It's Been a Good Few Days for the Los Angeles Kings - Jewels From The Crown
Maybe you've been upset about the way the last couple months have gone. Recent news, however, might improve your mood.

Las Vegas NHL expansion team is ‘done deal’: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the NHL will expand to Las Vegas and leave Quebec City on the back burner

Petition to put Gordie Howe on NHL 17 cover tops 5K signatures |
The movement to have Gordie Howe grace the cover of EA Sports' NHL 17 is picking up steam.

Anaheim Ducks re-hire Randy Carlyle, hilarity to ensue - Pension Plan Puppets
The Anaheim Ducks have re-hired the only coach who won them a Stanley Cup. Now they will never win one again.

Has soccer passed hockey in America? Colin Cowherd says yes | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports 1 argues that soccer has surpassed hockey in the Big Four in the United States. Is he right?

Ex-Canucks GM Mike Gillis joins Swiss team's board of directors | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: A little over two years after being fired as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, Mike Gillis is back in hockey.

The Final Howl

Jimmy Kimmel finds Kings fans who believe they won Stanley Cup (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Jimmy Kimmel Live! found some residents of LA believed they watched the Kings win their third Cup over the weekend.