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Vrby is officially back with the team, OEL gets ranked as one of the best defensemen on two lists and speaks with Puck Daddy, and Alfredsson is getting his jersey retired. All of that and more in today's Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Chayka's moves, World Cup of Hockey (Puck Daddy Q&A)
OEL sits down and answers some questions from Puck Daddy.

Arizona Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson Ranked 10th Best Defenseman - Howlin Hockey
Arizona Coyotes defender Oliver Ekman-Larsson was ranked the 10th best defenseman "right now" by NHL analysts. The group cited Ekman-Larsson's goal-scoring

The top 20 defensemen in the NHL right now. For real. - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The NHL network published a bad list of the top 20 defensemen. Here's a better one.

Arizona Coyotes 21 Under 21 - #21 - Dean Stewart - Five For Howling
The 21st prospect in our 21 under 21 series is a long-term project, but one that the Coyotes hope will pay significant dividends in the future.

Arizona Coyotes sign Radim Vrbata to 1-year contract - AZCentral
From a front-office shakeup to a steady diet of roster changes, the Coyotes certainty have kept busy this offseason trying to do what they believe is necessary to snap a four-year playoff drought.

Radim Vrbata returns to Coyotes: 'We never wanted to leave' | FOX Sports
Forward Radim Vrbata is returning for a third stint with the Arizona Coyotes, signing an incentive-laden one-year contract to return to the franchise where he's enjoyed the most success of his 14-year career.

AZ Den Talk: Summer of Women Who Love Hockey - Jen Scrivens - Five For Howling
This week we talk to Jen Scrivens and at the end talk about the seemingly impending Vrbata Signing.

News From Around the Hockey World

Report: Red Wings made pitch for Jimmy Vesey, but failed to make the short list - Winging It In Motown
If you’ve been paying attention to news around the NHL, you’ve probably heard about recent Hobey Baker-winning forward Jimmy Vesey becoming an unrestricted free agent as of Tuesday.

Former Red Wings first-round pick Tom McCollum signs PTO with LA Kings - Winging It In Motown
When the Red Wings drafted goaltender Tom McCollum at 30th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, it was certain he would be the goalie of the future. Today, on August 16th, 2016, he’s signed with a PTO with the Kings.

Toronto Maple Leafs hire Tim Speltz away from Spokane Chiefs - Pension Plan Puppets
From the WHL to the NHL, Speltz jumps up two levels.

Change in the House of Hitch - St. Louis Game Time
'Significant change' coming to coaching strategy for St.Louis, but will it be 'reckless' enough?

Lightning announce 2016-17 rookie tournament in Coral Springs - Raw Charge
South Florida will host the Bolts organizational start to the season.

Science says you shouldn't believe anything Gary Bettman says about CTE and concussions - Pension Plan Puppets
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in the midst of an ongoing class action lawsuit with former players over concussions, continues to knowingly mislead the public about well-known science.

John Tavares on relaxing, leadership and bad ice beyond Brooklyn - Lighthouse Hockey
The Islanders captain opens up about a bunch of topics to Sportsnet

Daniel Alfredsson’s jersey to be retired this season - Silver Seven
The team announced the retirement Tuesday afternoon

Antoine Vermette hoping to replicate Stanley Cup success with Ducks - Yahoo Sports
Antoine Vermette’s arrival in Anaheim instantly made him the second-oldest player on the roster and the gray beard of the Ducks’ forward group.

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: A strange Wikipedia fact for each NHL arena - Sportsnet.ca
Today we're turning to the most trustworthy online resource out there: Wikipedia. Here's a look at the strangest facts and passages found on the page of every NHL teams' arena.