Monday, April 11, 2016

Don Maloney Fired as Coyotes Begin Search for New GM

The Arizona Coyotes fired longtime GM Don Maloney, saying they want to take their ongoing rebuild in a different direction. Maloney, who has held the position for nine years, has spearheaded a rebuild that has seemingly left the franchise pointed in the right direction. With draft picks Oliver Ekman-Larson, Max Domi and Dylan Strome joining the organization, as well as Anthonly Duclair, who was brough in by trade.

The team made the playoffs only three times with Maloney as GM, but they did manage to reach their first Conference Final in 2012 after winning its first division title.

After the club filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the NHL managed the team for four seasons before the current ownership group stepped in.

Maloney, 57, was the team's 7th GM. Assistant general managers John Chayka and Chris O’Hearn will run the team while majority owner Andrew Barroway, alternate governor Gary Drummond and CEO and co-owner Anthony LeBlanc search for candidates. They plan to fill the vacancy in six weeks.

“He absolutely has done a great job of laying the groundwork for the future," LeBlanc said of Maloney. “However, we believe a change in leadership is needed in order to move our franchise to the next level.”

Arizona has failed to make the playoffs in the last four seasons. Arizona finished the season at 35-39-9, good four fourth place in the Pacific Division.

Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will remain with the organization. Reportedly he had an opt-out clause from his contract after the season but will not exercise it.