Feb 20, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT
Don’t expect much movement in the desert next week.
That’s the word from Phoenix GM Don Maloney just seven days before the NHL’s annual trade deadline. With the Coyotes surging — they’re 8-1-1 in their last 10 and two points back of San Jose for first in the Pacific Division — it’s sounding like his club will stand pat through Feb. 27.
“I like the group, I like the mix, I like our chemistry,” Maloney told the Arizona Republic. “We’ll still work very hard to see, ‘Can we make it a little better?’ But we’re not looking to take anything off our roster.
“I just think we’re in a good place where players know their roles, know what to expect and if we do this and stay healthy, then we’re a playoff team.”
This is a real about-face for Maloney, who has been very active at the past two deadlines. Last year he beefed up the Coyotes defense by acquiring Michal Rozsival and Rostislav Klesla; two years ago he obtained Wojtek Wolski, Petteri Nokelainen, Derek Morris and Mathieu Schneider. The Coyotes ended up making the playoffs both years, but were unceremoniously bounced in the first round by Detroit (in seven and four games, respectively.)
Now, it’s a different strategy altogether. Maloney says there are fewer sellers than ever and he’s wary of overspending. There’s also strong chemistry within the ‘Yotes room, something he’s loathe to mess with.
“So much of what we do here in Phoenix is mix chemistry, personalities,” he said. “We pay a lot of attention. Even though a guy might on paper look like a skill-set we could use, if the personality doesn’t fit we’ll stay away from him.
“I hope something falls our way to give us a little better chance at the trade deadline, but [we are] not holding our breath.”
- How do Voracek, Giroux compare to the most expensive duos? 52
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal 71
- Report: Canucks, Sutter closing in on five-year deal, north of $20M 28
- Voynov serving sentence at jail that once advertised it had flat screen TVs 45
- Report: Bernier and Leafs more than $2 million apart ahead of Friday’s arbitration hearing 12
- Flyers re-sign Couturier: six years, $26 million 40
- Benning calls Sutter a ‘foundation piece’ for Canucks 24
- Here’s a chart that shows which teams have been good/bad at drafting 42
- Penguins sign Fehr to three-year, $6 million contract 22
- Trade: Penguins send Sutter to Canucks for Bonino, Clendening 54
- Bettman says NHL would have to ‘consider’ putting Quebec City in the Western Conference (71)
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal (71)
- Rangers sign Stepan — six years, $39 million (62)
- NBC Sports to broadcast 105 NHL games in 2015-16 (58)
- Trade: Penguins send Sutter to Canucks for Bonino, Clendening (54)