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from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,
In renovating their front-office structure since the season ended, the Coyotes have ushered in a new order that accentuates innovation and teamwork amid a player-first approach.
And although this model emerged only earlier this month when the Coyotes appointed John Chayka as general manager, it’s likely to be put into practice when the team shifts its draft preparation to the NHL scouting combine.
“It’s just about gathering as much information as possible,” Chayka said. “The combine is an opportunity to use that information in conjunction with your scouts’ evaluation to ensure you have the best chance to draft the best player, and so we’re really going to dig in and try to find any little advantage we can to help us make a better decision.”
The combine kicks off Sunday in Buffalo and runs through June 4, giving teams the opportunity to sift through 114 prospects before the draft begins June 24.
Scottsdale’s Auston Matthews and Finnish standouts Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are among those expected to attend. Players will participate in medical and fitness testing and interviews. The Coyotes plan to bring in a sports psychologist to help elicit a more in-depth profile on the athletes.
“Hopefully through that process we add just another piece to the puzzle of who’s the best Arizona Coyote that can be part of our leadership group,” Chayka said.
Since moving to Glendale under cash-poor ownership, the Coyotes have generally fielded bargain-basement teams that rely on grit, defense and goaltending. Other than Shane Doan -- who is more beloved for his captaincy and exemplary character than his style of play – there’s a dearth of identifiable faces in uniform.
It’s true that you’ll find a professional hockey team in Glendale. But there hasn’t been a lot to cheer for, and not a lot of incentive to cover the time, fuel costs, and hours on the road.
-Dan Bickley of azcentral sports where you can read more on the Coyotes.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Ready or not, the humbled and grateful Chayka steps in after emerging as the best of 10-to-12 candidates ownership spoke to for the gig. This after just one season as an assistant GM in Arizona, where his work touched "all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support."
Experienced, life-long hockey men such as Paul Fenton, Mike Futa, Julien BriseBois, and Les Jackson (reportedly the one candidate Arizona could not come to terms with after "extensive interviews") remain outside Club GM, while a whip-smart fast-tracker from Jordan Station, Ont., slipped through the velvet ropes faster than you can say "defensive zone start."
Chayka is best known for co-founding and directing Stathletes Inc., a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and searches for objective insight into player and team performance tendencies.
Below, watch Chayka with a one-on-one after today's press conference...
from Paul Giblin of azcentral.com,
The Glendale City Council placed the city's reputation as a big league hockey and entertainment mecca into the trust of arena-management firm AEG Facilities on Tuesday night.
The council voted 7-0 to approve a $28 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles-based company to run Gila River Arena.
Glendale officials directed AEG Facilities executives to fill the venue at the Westgate Entertainment District with concerts and, more importantly, repair the city's battered relationship with the Arizona Coyotes.
Coyotes President Anthony LeBlanc has said repeatedly for months that the hockey team's owners are exploring options to relocate to a new arena in Phoenix, Tempe or elsewhere in metropolitan Phoenix.
Below, a statement from the Coyotes...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- Guaranteed to happen because it already has has happened: Some serious chatter reaching Slap Shots that, yes, the Canadiens are more than prepared to listen to offers for P.K. Subban — whose $9 million cap charge that runs through 2021-22 (or the post-lockout amnesty buyout period) is going to be as large a part of the conversation as the Spirit of 76’s persona.
- When the coach of a team that has missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons develops a personal relationship with one of the owners, that generally is not good news for the general manager of the club who has also missed four straight years, is it Don Maloney?
from Craig Morgan of ArizonaSports,
Anthony LeBlanc wouldn’t divulge the gory details, but he provided all the necessary talking points for the franchise’s decision to fire general manager Don Maloney on Monday.
“It’s fair to say that there has been a difference in philosophy in regards to the overall philosophy of how the ownership group would like to manage the operation,” LeBlanc said at a press conference at Gila River Arena. “This is about a few key points moving forward: collaboration, communication and the modernization of our entire process.”
Maloney’s firing wasn’t a sudden reversal of course. This move has been at least two seasons in the making, and all of the aforementioned points played a role.
The feeling was that Maloney, who had two years remaining on his contract, had increasingly insulated himself from parts of the organization, cutting himself off from that collaborative and communicative process LeBlanc mentioned.
It was apparent in his hiring of old-school confidante Darcy Regier as the team’s assistant general manager less than two years ago — a man ownership fired in February in a telling statement about its confidence in its GM.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that Don Maloney has been relieved of his duties as general manager. An interim general manager will not be named at this time and the search for a new hire - which will be led by Coyotes Majority Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway, Alternate Governor Gary Drummond (who oversees the Coyotes hockey operations department) and President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc - will begin immediately. Coyotes Assistant General Managers John Chayka and Chris O’Hearn will manage the Coyotes hockey operations department until a new general manager is selected.
“On behalf of our ownership group and the entire Arizona Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Don for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization during his tenure,” said Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. “The Coyotes had some success with Don, but we believe a change in leadership is needed in order to move our franchise forward in a new direction.”
Maloney was hired by the Coyotes on May 29, 2007.
NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been fined a total of $5,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,
Saturday’s game was marred by penalties and non-penalties in the third period. Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas delivered a forearm and hip to Doan’s head as Doan went to his knees and collided with the boards. Stone got his left leg tied up with Michael Raffl in the corner and had to be helped to the dressing room. Neither returned.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux also left the game after Coyotes center Martin Hanzal pushed him into the boards on a play where Giroux admitted he was off balance.
“When someone goes after your captain that’s usually what happens,” Hanzal said, referencing the earlier hit on Doan. “It’s our captain. We want to stick up for him.”
Giroux went through concussion protocol but Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said he felt “pretty good” after the game. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Doan was held out as a precaution but seems fine. Stone was still being evaluated but Tippett said it did not look good.
The Coyotes were angry about Gudas’ hit, especially after Hanzal got a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct.
“Someone should explain to me how one is a five-minute and one is not,” Tippett said. “The hit on Doan is a blatant attempt (to injure). After Shane’s on the wall… it’s the elbow and the hip and looking down at Shane’s head with a guy who has had a history of that.”
Stone’s game-winning goal came on a shot from the point that found an open net. Flyers goalie Steve Mason was so concerned with a battle between Coyotes left winger Max Domi and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning in the slot that he forgot to tend his goal.
The Flyers challenged the play for goaltender interference because Manning shoved Domi into Mason. Mason said his mask was twisted so he couldn’t see the play but officials ruled it a good goal.
Below, watch the Stone goal and game highlights...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- The Arizona (insert old joke here) Coyotes are ready to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year and it sure sounds changes are being pondered at every level _ including the front office.
While coach Dave Tippett is highly-regarded and it doesn’t sound like he’s going anywhere, the word is Arizona GM Don Maloney is under the microscope because the Coyotes haven’t qualifed for the playoffs since they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Final 4-1 in 2012.
Not only are the Coyotes looking for a new place to play because of their tentative lease agreement in Glendale, the organization needs to have playoff success to help create interest in a difficult marketplace....
- The Tampa Bay Lightning and forward Steven Stamkos don’t sound like they’re any closer to an agreement on a new deal so this one is going to drag into the off-season. Maybe the Bolts will change their approach if they go deep in the playoffs after advancing to the Stanley Cup final last year but right now it doesn’t appear a deal will happen anytime soon. The Bolts are going to have to weigh their options once the season ends and maybe they want to see just how far Stamkos can take them. “There’s no question he’s probably the most valuable free agent since Zach Parise and Ryan Suter,” a league executive told Insider Trading. “Those two got $98 million but you can’t give 13-year deals anymore.” Since the most a player can get on the free agent market is a seven-year deal don’t rule out the possibility of the Bolts signing Stamkos to an eight-year contract and then moving him in a sign/trade contract. “You see those kinds of moves in the NBA all the time. That would get (Tampa) a lot more in return than they’d get if he walked away,” added the executive.
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