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Wednesday’s Coyotes Tracks – RIP Stan Mikita

Former Blackhawk Stan Mikita passed away yesterday, the Coyotes have secured their defense, and Brett Leonhardt made a big margarita.

Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes feeling confident in defense for upcoming season – Howlin Hockey
After being able to keep their top defensemen from last season, the Arizona Coyotes are feeling confident in their defense for the upcoming season

The East

Brendan Gallagher has a chance to establish himself as an elite NHL talent – Eyes On The Prize
After two injury-ridden seasons, Gallagher had a truly great season. Is that who he is?

A long-term contract makes sense for the Sabres and Sam Reinhart – Die By The Blade
22-year-old is Buffalo’s lone remaining RFA

What should we expect from the Sabres now? – Yahoo Sports
The Buffalo Sabres have improved immensely, but calling them a playoff team feels wildly optimistic.

The West

Vladimir Tarasenko’s been cleared to return to the ice – St. Louis Game Time
Everything’s good to go for training camp.

Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita dies at 78 – Second City Hockey
Mikita is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

Where should Jonathan Toews rank among NHL’s top centers? – ProHockeyTalk
He was recently left off NHL Network’s list of the top-20 centers.

Final Howl

Brett Leonhardt makes massive margarita in Stanley Cup – Russian Machine Never Breaks
But over the weekend, we saw a first when Capitals video coach Brett Leonhardt made a humangous big margarita in the Cup’s bowl.

Read the full story at Five for Howling.