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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - hot seats for the GMs

John Chayka and Joe Sakic are in the spotlight, for entirely separate reasons. Read about both in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Playoffs seem like a long shot for Coyotes, but they are building something special – ProHockeyTalk
The Coyotes may not make the playoffs this season, but they should be fun to watch.

Arizona Coyotes: Anthony Duclair's aggressiveness will be key - Howlin' Hockey
The Arizona Coyotes received banner outings from several rookies, including 20 goal scorer Anthony Duclair. Duke's aggressiveness in his second season will be crucial to the Coyotes' success.

Even for a budget team, Coyotes’ salary structure is remarkable – ProHockeyTalk
Every active forward is slated to carry less than a $4 million cap hit.

Brother's Disease Forged Strong Family Bond For Coyotes' Kudla - TSS
NHL teams understand that 18-, 19-, and 20-year old prospects must mature physically and emotionally before they are ready to play at the highest level, but the emotional form of maturity is fully developed in Coyotes’ 2015 sixth-round pick Patrick Kudla.

Under pressure: John Chayka – ProHockeyTalk
The first year GM is the youngest general manager in the NHL.

News From Around the Hockey World

Patrick Roy’s resignation feels like another loss of direction for the Avalanche - SBNation.com
Roy made the move the Avalanche wouldn’t make themselves.

Is Coach Roy a Coward? - Mile High Hockey
Could he have feared what another mediocre season, even one that was mediocre almost BY DESIGN, would mean to his reputation and ego?

What’s the deal with Ryan Strome’s next contract? - Lighthouse Hockey
Restricted free agent Ryan Strome remains unsigned by the Islanders, having turned down the team’s qualifying offer at the deadline back on June 15th. That might be cause for grave alarm (the default setting for most Islanders fans anyway).

2015-16 Flyers season review: Is there reason to worry about Claude Giroux? - Broad Street Hockey
The 2015-16 season brought numerous positive developments for the Philadelphia Flyers. But could star center Claude Giroux be showing signs of a late 20s statistical decline?

Chicago's Artemi Panarin has set a high standard to live up to - Hockey Wilderness
The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the National Hockey League's Rookie of the Year, dynamic Russian Artemis Panarin has set the bar for individual success with a phenomenal freshman campaign. Can he match it next season?

Las Vegas NHL team closes in on a name - Litter Box Cats
Desert Hawks, Red Hawks, Nighthawks among the finalists. Or are they?

Bill Foley denies report, says ‘Nighthawks’ still in play for Las Vegas NHL team name | Las Vegas Review-Journal
Owner Bill Foley denied an internet report that he had opted to eliminate Nighthawks, Red Hawks and Desert Hawks from consideration as the name for his NHL expansion team.

The Final Howl

Nick Bonino fills Stanley Cup with pasta, babies - PensBurgh