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Coyotes News and Notes: May 30, 2008

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    ********************************************************* COYOTES NEWS AND NOTES May 30, 2008
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      COYOTES NEWS AND NOTES
      Friday, May 30

      ·WHEELER ELECTS FOR FREE AGENCY
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      DIRTY JOBS: ON THE ICE WITH AN NHL ENFORCER
      ·THINKING OF A WHITEOUT, IN IRAQ

      Wheeler Elects for Free Agency
      Dave Vest, Arizona Republic
      The Coyotes shocked the NHL community when they selected Blake Wheeler, a 17-year-old high school player from Minnesota, with the fifth overall pick of the 2004 draft.  Nearly four years later, Wheeler has shocked the Coyotes by deciding not to sign with them, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent.  "I'm actually quite stunned," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said Thursday. "Quite frankly, we made him an offer significantly better than any other contract he can get (right now). But that's his choice. I think (he's received) bad advice, and I think he's making a big mistake because of the commitment we've made to our young players and the young players we're prepared to invest in." Full Story

      Dirty Jobs: On the Ice with an NHL Enforcer
      Daniel Carcillo as told to Steve Greenberg, The Sporting News
      Coyotes left winger Daniel Carcillo -- 5-11, 203 pounds with a crazy-high 324 penalty minutes in his first full season -- is learning the hard way that competitiveness and chaos can be tough to tell apart. Here are his 10 tips for surviving and thriving as a middleweight fighter, as told to SN's Steve Greenberg. Full Story

      Thinking of a Whiteout, in Iraq
      Bob Young, Arizona Republic
      We were hoping to catch up over the Memorial Day weekend with Sgt. Richard Voorhis, a dedicated Coyotes fan stationed in Iraq with the 996th Area Support Medical Company of the Arizona National Guard.  Sgt. Voorhis has been a Coyotes season ticket holder the past three years, and it might has well have been four according to his wife, Debbie.  "We went to so many games anyway, we said, 'This is silly. We're going anyway. Why don't we just get season tickets?' "  However, duty called last season, and Sgt. Voorhis was off to the Middle East. Full Story

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