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Thursday’s Coyotes Tracks – Game 5 Tonight

Washington is looking to finish off Vegas tonight, the Rampage have a new coach, and the Coyotes need to lock up OEL.

Coyotes News

Locking up Ekman-Larsson is a must for Coyotes – ProHockeyTalk
They’re reportedly offering an eight-year deal worth $66 million.

The East

Carolina Hurricanes sign Patrick Brown to one-year deal – Canes Country
The two-way forward is a veteran presence in Charlotte, where he serves as the Checkers’ captain.

The Capitals Should Fire Barry Trotz … Revisited – Japers’ Rink
Revisiting an opinion that hasn’t aged very gracefully.

The Montreal Canadiens’ biggest need is not at centre – Eyes On The Prize
A top centreman would be nice, but it’s not the most pressing concern.

The West

Blues hire Drew Bannister as Rampage coach – St. Louis Game Time
This solidifies the messaging between AHL and NHL teams.

Jack Ferreira named new Assistant to the General Manager – Hockey Wilderness
It’s a return to Minnesota and a reunion with new GM Paul Fenton for Ferreira

Golden Knights no longer being saved by Marc-Andre Fleury – ProHockeyTalk
The Golden Knights have allowed 16 goals through the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final. Is this a Marc-Andre Fleury problem or a team defense problem? It could be both.

Only one team has erased 3-1 Final deficit, and it was madness – ProHockeyTalk
Jack Adams punched a referee in the face and fans littered the ice with debris, including a woman’s shoe.

Final Howl

Ilya Bryzgalov asked Evgeny Kuznetsov why he does the bird walk celly – RMNB
Humangous-big universe lover Ilya Bryzgalov covered Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final for the Players’ Tribune. Bryz was funny in that weird Bryz way where you’re not really sure what’s happening, but you never quite want it to stop either.

Read the full story at Five for Howling.