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Vegas expansion is official, the NHL Awards were given out, and the Toronto Maple Leafs have a new jersey.

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Coyotes News

Do the Arizona Coyotes change draft strategies with Alex Goligoski’s signing? - Five For Howling
The Coyotes went out and got a veteran defenseman. How does that affect their Draft strategy?

NHL Awards Media Day Featured Excitement For Possible Vegas Franchise - Five For Howling
With so much talk about Vegas during media day, you have to wonder if the announcement of expansion will come before or during the NHL Awards.

Award News

Why did Tony X, viral fan sensation, no-show NHL Awards? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Where in the world is hockey's favorite viral hockey fan Tony X? He was a no show at the NHL Awards and hasn't been in contact with event organizers.

2016 NHL Awards Recap: Cup champs take to Vegas - PensBurgh
A nice night for Jim Rutherford, and a recap of how Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang did in voting as well

Vladimir Tarasenko Wins NHL 17 Cover Vote - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues' superstar will be on the cover of EA Sports' hockey flagship next year.

Shea Weber Wins The Mark Messier Award - On the Forecheck
Congratulations to No. 6.

Henrik Sedin Wins King Clancy Memorial Trophy - Nucks Misconduct
Henrik justly recognized for leadership qualities, on and off the ice.

Gio Takes It Home! - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames Captain and Defenceman won the award for the first time at the 2016 NHL Awards.

Jaromir Jagr wins 2016 Bill Masterton Trophy | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Jagr beat out Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers.

Barry Trotz Wins the Jack Adams Award - Japers' Rink
Trotz's second turn as a finalist is his first win of his career.

Braden Holtby Wins the 2016 Vezina Trophy - Japers' Rink
Holtby claims his first Vezina victory after a career-best, record-setting season.

Artemi Panarin wins 2016 Calder Trophy - Second City Hockey
The 24-year-old winger is the first Blackhawk to win the award since Patrick Kane in 2008.

Anze Kopitar Wins First Career Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Jewels From The Crown
He's a gentleman, all right.

Drew Doughty Wins First Career Norris Trophy - Jewels From The Crown
The Kings' defenseman edged Erik Karlsson in the year's most hotly debated awards race.

Anze Kopitar Wins First Career Selke Trophy - Jewels From The Crown
AWARDS WATCH

News From Around the Hockey World

The new Leafs jerseys are definitely a thing that exists - Pension Plan Puppets
Opinion varies about whether the latest speculative mockup of the new Leafs jersey is good.

Joel Hanley signs a one-year contract extension with Canadiens - Eyes On The Prize
The defenceman was signed as a free agent in 2014.

North Dakota Unveils New Logo - SB Nation College Hockey
The Fighting Hawks of North Dakota now have a logo to go with their new name.

Carey Price declares himself 100% healthy – ProHockeyTalk
He hasn't played since Nov. 25.

Brian Campbell has 'serious interest' in signing with the Blackhawks, per report - Second City Hockey
This would be fantastic.

Blackhawks re-sign forward Dennis Rasmussen to 1-year deal - Second City Hockey
Chicago is bringing back the Swedish forward for next season.

Quebec City ponders options after NHL defers expansion bid | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: On Wednesday as the people around the Las Vegas bid rejoiced at their new team, the NHL announced a Quebec City bid had been deferred.

Blackhawks shopping Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, per report - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks are reportedly looking to move a pair of forwards.

NHL officially announces Las Vegas expansion franchise coming in 2017-18 season - SBNation.com
The Las Vegas team will debut in the 2017-18 season.

Detroit Red Wings' Ken Holland heads to 'where GMs are' - Detroit Free Press
Organization executives were off to a board meeting to rubber-stamp expansion while Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland had other travel plans.

The History and Future of Hockey's Most Polarizing Statistic - Sportsnet.ca
Plus-minus has been around the NHL since the early 1960s. And its critics have been shouting it down ever since.

Pavel Datsyuk, Like Sanders and Fedorov, Didn't Owe Us His Choice - Winging It In Motown
Datsyuk is the most recent on a legendary list of seemingly premature Detroit departures. Frustratingly we can only accept their decisions.

A visualization of the Montreal Canadiens' 2016-17 salary cap situation - Eyes On The Prize
The announcement of a $73 million salary cap turns what was a good cap situation for the off-season into a great opportunity to make a significant transaction.

Winnipeg Jets Prospect Arrested, Tased After Allegedly Fighting A Cop At Disney World
Darren Kramer, a winger in the Winnipeg Jets organization who currently plays for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, was arrested at approximately 1:16 a.m. Tuesday after allegedly fighting a police officer at Disney World and getting tased.

The Final Howl

Mike Smith takes his cuts | FOX Sports
Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith takes batting practice with the Diamondbacks in Toronto.