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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - the rise of Arizona hockey

Arizona hockey gets better and better with each passing day. Details in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes are leading the growth of the Arizona hockey market - Five For Howling
The Coyotes prospects aren't letting the narrative of playing in a non-traditional or small market change their plans to get to the NHL. They're embracing it.

Arizona Coyotes sign Tyler Gaudet, Stefan Fournier to one-year, two-way contracts - azcentral.com
The Coyotes signed forwards Tyler Gaudet and Stefan Fournier to one-year, two-way contracts Friday after both restricted free agents accepted their qualifying offers before they expired at 2 p.m. Arizona time.

News From Around the Hockey World

Jaden Schwartz, Blues Agree To Five Year Contract - St. Louis Game Time
The forward's extension keep him a Blue through 2021.

Dallas Stars Sign Captain Jamie Benn to 8-Year, $76 Million Contract Extension - Defending Big D
The Dallas Stars Captain and face of the franchise was eligible to sign a contract extension as of July 1st, one year before his current deal was set to expire.

Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine: 'I'm afraid of pucks' - Sportsnet.ca
Seems like something of an impediment to success in his chosen line of work.

Garret Sparks signs a new one-year deal with the Leafs - Pension Plan Puppets
On the day that qualifying offers expire, and many teams and players are prodded into action, the first Leafs RFA of the off season has been signed.

Stan Bowman offers no update on Artemi Panarin contract talks - Second City Hockey
The wait for good news continues.

Fixing Bob: Blue Jackets seem confident in new consultant – ProHockeyTalk
"His impact is going to be felt right away" GM Jarmo Kekalainen said.

Should Mike Vernon Be In The Hockey Hall Of Fame? - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Is Vernon Hall worthy or has his chance to get in passed him by?

Report: Rangers And Dylan McIlrath Agree To $800K Contract Extension - Blueshirt Banter
Per a report, the New York Rangers and Dylan McIlrath have agreed to a one-year deal worth $800K.

Canadiens continue to show hockey's analytics problem (Trending Topics) - Yahoo Sports
On Wednesday night, it came out the the Montreal Canadiens had parted ways with the analytics expert they’d hired at the start of last season.

The Final Howl

Mike Brodeur finding triumph within Fort McMurray tragedy - Sportsnet.ca