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Report: Coyotes, GM Maloney close to new contract

May 23, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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Multiple sources are telling Fox Sports Arizona that the Phoenix Coyotes are close to awarding general manager Don Maloney with a new contract.

From the report:

Maloney’s contract was set to expire on June 30, and it was originally thought that he would not receive a new deal until the franchise’s current owner, the NHL, had found a new owner. But the league, recognizing the importance of having a general manager for the upcoming NHL Draft, free agency and myriad other reasons, took care of one very important order of business.

The next step, sources say, is to work out a deal with coach Dave Tippett, whose contract also expires on June 30, before turning their attention to negotiations with goalie Mike Smith, who is believed to be asking for a long-term contract with an annual payment between $6 million and $7 million.

For Coyotes fans worried about the still-NHL-owned franchise relocating this offseason, we suppose the news is encouraging.

That being said, given all that’s happened with this team, we hesitate to call it indisputable proof there will be hockey in the desert for years to come. There’s always the possibility Maloney gets an out clause in his new deal. And if he doesn’t, hey, having a job in Quebec City is better than being unemployed, right?

Related: What does the future hold for Dave Tippett?

  1. tmoore4075 - May 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I’d think the only news Coyotes fans would really want to see is “sale complete.” They had to have somebody in place. You can go some time without a coach. GM is a different thing altogether.

  2. valoisvipers - May 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Mike Smith and 6 or 7 million, just doesn’t add up to me. A lot of goalies will have good numbers playing behind a Dave Tippet hockey team. With his system of play it is no wonder there are attendance issues.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Yeah that’s absolute insanity. Especially with the cap ceiling dropping (which means teams will be less willing to spend) and Smith only having one really productive season on his resume. No way he should get anything above $5mil annually, although he probably will from someone.

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