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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.
from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,
General manager Don Maloney responded to suggestions in the media that he helped orchestrate the trade of John Scott (and defenseman Victor Bartley) to Montreal for Jarred Tinordi (and forward Stefan Fournier) to rid the Coyotes and the NHL of its All-Star Game headache after Scott was voted captain of the Pacific Division.
“I was really surprised (TSN’s) Bob McKenzie suggested we might be working with the NHL to keep John Scott out of the All Star game,” Maloney said via text. “I found it incredible someone might believe this. The NHL doesn’t run our team nor (does it) have any influence on our player decisions.
“We had to create roster room (given our addition of Kevin Connauton) and find a way to add Tinordi’s salary. Scott was the only option Montreal would take to make this deal work.
“I do feel for John, but the harsh realty is that this is the business we are in. He is on an NHL one-way contract. Many players with similar skill sets (eg. Colton Orr) are playing in the minors on a minor-league salary.”
more on the Coyotes...
Among the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's weekly trade rumors and scoops:
There will be plenty of eyes on Florida after the Panthers waged their future with two draft picks at the deadline to get veteran winger Jaromir Jagr from New Jersey to try to make a push for the playoffs. Florida is about to come up short again and don't be surprised if former Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero lands in the organization in some capacity. He has a close relationship with Panthers' executive chairman.
You have to give the Coyotes credit because going into Saturday's action they had a legitimate shot of getting the best odds (20%) of winning the draft lottery. Because Coyotes GM Don Maloney did a teardown at the deadline by dealing the likes of forward Antoine Vermette (Chicago) along with defencemen Keith Yandle (Rangers) and Zbynek Michalek (St. Louis) and goalie Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota), Arizona is in a position to get a strong pick. On March 2, the Coyotes were four points ahead of the Sabres with 47. You have to wonder how much Arizona wants to improve next year because 2016 top prospect Austin Matthews, who is with the U.S. national team development program, is from the Coyotes' backyard and would be a huge get. Captain Shane Doan has always maintained he doesn't want to go anywhere but this could be a test of resolve.
Garrioch continues, discussing the possibility of Las Vegas being awarded an NHL team this year, the World Cup's "Young Guns" team, the Olympics and Todd McLellan...
A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:
In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.
For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.
For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.
Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.
“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”
Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:
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"We're not waiting around to the trade deadline to make the changes that we feel we need to make. So my attitude is if the deal comes our way sooner rather than later, that's fine. We have to reset and restructure where we're at, how we're going to ultimately be successful here long-term, and that's our goal."
-Don Maloney, GM of the Arizona Coyotes. More on the Coyotes from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic.
The NHL's roster freeze may be in effect until December 27th, but the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch brings trade rumor gifts to the hockey holiday tree via his Sunday column.
First, Garrioch discusses Nick Foligno's future with the Columbus Blue Jackets given his point-per-game form...
Making $3.08 million in the final year of his contract, some wonder if a five-year, $25-million deal would get it done for Foligno. Probably not — the thinking is he’d be able to eclipse that number on the lucrative free-agent market.
You have to think Foligno is looking at the seven-year, $36.75-million deal that David Clarkson signed with the Leafs at $5.25 million per season in 2013-14 as a benchmark. The Jackets aren’t sure if Nathan Horton will ever return from his back issues, so they want to keep Foligno badly.
These quips aren't surprising...
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The Carolina Hurricanes earned their first victory of the 2014-15 season in their 9th game, defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-0 on Saturday, and given their issues, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch kicked off his weekly rumor roundup discussing Ron Francis' challenges in attempting to right his sinking ship before it becomes a McDavid-Eichel lottery team:
With four years left at $7 million per-season, the underachieving Alexander Semin was a healthy scratch against the Arizona (don’t call me Phoenix) Coyotes on Saturday. The Canes would love to deal him but there’s no interest.
Naturally, the name of captain Eric Staal is going to be front and centre in all of this because there are several teams interested, not the least of which is the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Defenceman Andrej Sekera, who had 44 points last season and is making $2.75 million, will be highly sought after and will easily find a new home.
Garrioch also reports that the Keith Yandle Trade Rumor Mill is sputtering to life, as it usually does at this time of year...
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Maloney has signed a long-term contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are very pleased that Don has agreed to sign a long-term contract extension with the Coyotes," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "Since joining the team in 2007, Don has done an outstanding job managing his team and building a competitive roster that has produced on the ice, even given less than ideal circumstances off the ice. The NHL remains committed to securing the Coyotes' future in Glendale under new ownership, and we believe Don's long-term agreement evidences that he is equally committed."
from Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,
General Manager Don Maloney pulled no punches when told a gathering of Phoenix media that much of the negative Canadian coverage of the Coyotes over the last year has been “brutal.”
“Is nothing else going on in Canada, they have to focus on us? … The country I’m from, the (Toronto) Globe & Mail I thought has just been over the top in the negativity about this marketplace, almost trying to prove their point, regardless of what else is going on. I’m really disappointed …
“I used to read that paper all the time, I thought it was a great paper. It just seems so biased toward, in my opinion, their writing; some of the writers, not all their writers. Eric Duhatschek is a terrific writer. But some of them have been just so negative to this whole franchise.
Don Maloney of the Phoenix Coyotes is the 2009-10 winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the National Hockey League announced today. Maloney accepted the award in front of his peers at the NHL General Managers meeting held annually during the Stanley Cup Final.
Voting for this new award was conducted among the 30 Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season. Maloney, George McPhee of the Washington Capitals and David Poile of the Nashville Predators were identified as the three finalists for the trophy last month.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney looks at the Olympics as great entertainment for hockey fans
but at the same time wonders about the overall benefits of having NHL players participate. That includes the risk of injury as well as the rationale for shutting down the season for two weeks.
“(For) the NHL, at least at this stage, there is no tangible financial benefit,” he said. “We all enjoy the Olympics, love to watch it, but I personally like the amateurs. I like the unexpected.
“It’s all revenue, television revenue. If they had some tangible benefit other than the good will of seeing the best players - we all enjoy that, the fans love it - but I think there’s some really hard discussions going forward to see whether it makes sense for this league to shut down.
“Three, four or five times a game he will do things with the puck better than anybody. Offensively, when given time, he’s the smartest player we have. But the game is played without the puck, and you need the strength to defend, to go into the corner.”
-Coyotes GM Don Maloney on Kyle Turris. More on Turris from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding.
In other Coyotes news, Ryan Hollweg signed a 1yr contract with them today.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
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So he watched as guests explained the dramatic changes they had made in their lives to find dream jobs. And it got Sulliman thinking.
When he wasn’t raising five daughters with his wife, Barbara, he was selling commercial insurance….
Sulliman confided in Maloney, who is now his brother-in-law. He said he wanted to get back in the game. He’d coach anywhere. Junior hockey. College hockey. He didn’t care; he just wanted back in the game.
Sulliman still had plenty of connections and planned phone calls to current general managers such as Lou Lamoriello and Paul Holmgren.
Maloney told him to wait. He didn’t say why—just wait.
“(Maloney’s) a chess player; he’s always thinking ahead,” Sulliman says.