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Bill Armstrong Named GM Of The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman & Governor Alex Meruelo announced today that Bill Armstrong has been named as the Coyotes' new General Manager. Armstrong joins the Coyotes from the St. Louis Blues, where he served as the club's Assistant General Manager/Director of Amateur Scouting the past two years and was instrumental in building the Blues team that won the 2019 Stanley Cup. Armstrong becomes the tenth general manager in franchise history. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are thrilled to name Bill as our new GM," said Meruelo. "Bill is smart, honest and hard-working and he knows how to build a winning team. He brings the right mix of hockey knowledge, business acumen and leadership qualities that we need in order to achieve our goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to Arizona."

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The Arizona Coyotes Will Forfeit Their Second Round Pick This Year & First Round In 2021

NEW YORK (August 26, 2020) -- The National Hockey League has sanctioned the Arizona Coyotes for violating the NHL's Combine Testing Policy during the 2019-20 season, directing the forfeiture of the Club’s 2nd-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and 1st-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The sanctions were announced by Commissioner Gary Bettman, who convened a hearing on the matter August 6 that included testimony from representatives of the Coyotes and the NHL. At the outset of the hearing, the Club acknowledged that it had violated the Policy by conducting physical testing on 2020 draft-eligible players prior to the Combine.

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Video- Ryan Reaves With A Hit To The Head Of Nick Schmaltz

No call on the play.

 

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Arizona Coyotes Statement On John Chayka

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes issued the following statement today regarding John Chayka.

"John Chayka has quit as the General Manager and President of Hockey Operations of the Arizona Coyotes.

"The Club is disappointed in his actions and his timing as the Coyotes prepare to enter the NHL's hub city of Edmonton, where the team will begin post-season play for the first time since 2012. Chayka has chosen to quit on a strong and competitive team, a dedicated staff, and the Arizona Coyotes fans, the greatest fans in the NHL.

"The Club is moving forward and has named Steve Sullivan as Interim General Manager. He has the full support of the entire organization including team ownership, executive leadership, players, and coaches.

"The Club will have no further comment on the matter, as the Club remains focused on the opportunity to pursue a Stanley Cup."

added 4:00pm ET, Chayka statement below.

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Looks Like GM Movement For The Arizona Coyotes

 

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The GM Issues For The Arizona Coyotes

This morning...

 

And yesterday...

 

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TSN Insiders Today

NHL Insider Darren Dreger joins Glenn Schiiler to discuss what we will learn about the NHL bubble and what hub city life will look like during the league's announcement on Thursday. He also touches on the how important the next week is for testing and discusses the latest on Taylor Hall's contract status.

Watch at TSN.

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The Arizona Coyotes Plan To Market To The Latino Community

from Jordan Rogers of Cronkite News at the Phoenix Business Journal,

Alex Meruelo made history in July when he became the first Latino controlling owner in NHL history after he purchased the Arizona Coyotes.

He made more history on June 8 when he announced the hiring of Xavier Gutierrez to become the new CEO and president of the Coyotes, the first time a Latino would assume those positions for a franchise in the league.

Together they are determined to tap into Arizona’s Latino population and mobilize the community to become avid fans of the Coyotes.

“The Latino market is large here. … It is clearly a market we want to tap into,” said Gutierrez, who came aboard after the team parted ways with Ahron Cohen in May. “It wouldn’t make business sense not to approach them. We want to welcome all fans.”

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Xavier A. Gutierrez Named President/CEO Of The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Alex Meruelo announced today that Xavier A. Gutierrez (first name pronounced HAV-yair) has been named as the club's new President, CEO and Alternate Governor. Gutierrez becomes the first Latino team President & CEO in NHL history. Mr. Gutierrez has a 20-plus-year career as a business executive, investor and dealmaker focused on investment management, corporate strategy & operations, finance, and business development, and joins the Coyotes from his position as Managing Director at Clearlake Capital Group.

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Changes At The Top For The Arizona Coyotes

from Craig Morgan of The Athletic,

Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen is no longer with the organization, multiple sources confirmed. Cohen had been with the Coyotes for nearly five years.

Cohen was hired in August 2015 under previous majority owner Andrew Barroway, serving as the team’s chief operating officer and chief legal officer. He was named president and CEO in July 2018, replacing Steve Patterson, who was named to the same posts in July 2017. Under Cohen’s leadership, the Coyotes enjoyed improvement in multiple areas, including ticket sales, attendance, sponsorship sales and TV ratings.

While there had been speculation about the futures of the coaching staffs and management staffs heading into this season, Alex Meruelo, who purchased a 95 percent stake in the team less than a year ago, gave John Chayka a contract extension in November and the coaching staff is expected to return intact next season, the final year of head coach Rick Tocchet’s contract.

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