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Wednesday’s Coyotes Tracks - Russia banned from Winter Olympics

Russia has been banned from the Winter Olympics, Matt Moulson has cleared waivers, and looking at Jakob Chychrun’s return.

2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games - Day Seven Photo by Simon Bruty/YIS/IOC via Getty Images

Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes prospect Nick Merkley is thriving with Roadrunners - AZCentral
Averaging 1.24 points per game with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Tucson, the 20-year-old winger is making his case for Glendale.

Chychrun's return came two months ahead of the most optimistic timeline - Arizona Sports
When Chychrun finally started skating on Oct. 21, he started pushing his GM and coach Rick Tocchet for a return to the ice.

Important News

Russian Olympic ban might disrupt hockey rosters (U.S., Canada included) – ProHockeyTalk
If the KHL opts out, this is a headache for more than just Russia's teams.

IOC gives Russia a path to move past doping scandal - AZCentral
Process for Russia remains tricky as IOC gives the country a chance to raise its flag in closing ceremony.

The East

Rangers sign Marek Mazanec - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers signed the 6-foot-4 former Predator to help bolster the blue paint in Hartford.

Matt Moulson Clears Waivers, Assigned to Ontario Reign - Die By The Blade
Moulson cleared waivers but was assigned to the Ontario Reign, the Kings AHL affiliate

Recap: Sabres End Drought in Colorado With 4-2 Victory - Die By The Blade
Sabres win their first game in Colorado since 2005 with a 4-2 win

McAvoy and Chara are breaking the aging curve from both ends - Stanley Cup of Chowder
They’re an odd couple, but their results are sparkling

The West

Waiting on extending GM could be costly for Blues. Literally. – ProHockeyTalk
It should be no secret that Doug Armstrong is a smart, steady GM.

Sharks’ Dillon handed one-game suspension by player safety department – ProHockeyTalk
Two-hand slash deemed a no-no to league officials.

Blues Vs. Canadiens Recap: Schenntendo Entertainment System - St. Louis Game Time
Schenn-ter is coming. (Ok, that’s the last Schenn pun. Maybe)

Recap: Sabres End Drought in Colorado With 4-2 Victory - Die By The Blade
Sabres win their first game in Colorado since 2005 with a 4-2 win

Malcolm Subban helps lead Golden Knights past Ducks in 4-3 shootout win - Knights On Ice
Subban’s stellar saves and Alex Tuch’s nifty backhand sealed victory for Vegas.

Marian Gaborik and the Kings overpower the Wild in the third period to earn 5-2 win - Hockey Wilderness
After taking a 2-1 lead into the final frame, the wheels fell off for Minnesota in Los Angeles.

Final Howl

Ovejchken? Sports fans try (and mostly fail) to spell NHL player names correctly. - RMNB
With hockey being such a global sport, players’ names can be hard to spell and sometimes even harder to pronounce.