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Maloney signs long-term contract as Coyotes GM

May 24, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

Don Maloney AP

Looks like yesterday’s report was accurate. The NHL-owned Phoenix Coyotes have indeed come to terms on a long-term contract with general manager Don Maloney.

“We are very pleased that Don has agreed to sign a long-term contract extension with the Coyotes,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in a release.

“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.”

Maloney will speak to reporters Tuesday (Monday’s a holiday) at Arena.

If we were there, we’d ask:

1. What happens if the Coyotes move to, say, Quebec City? Will you follow?

2. Wait, is there any news about the ownership thing? We should’ve asked that first.

3. When are you going to give head coach Dave Tippett a new contract?

4. And goalie Mike Smith? Any chance of re-signing that guy?

  1. jcmeyer10 - May 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    On an unrelated note, Don just bought Rosetta Stone French-Canada version.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 24, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      LOL! Or, as suggested by one of the writers on PHT he may have an out clause if they go Quebec. It’s a very bizarre situation. Maloney just signed a long term contract while the league is negotiating with Quebecor. Do they even want him? Were they even asked for their opinion? Of course the need a solid GM for the transition, but one would think Quebecor had to have a say in the matter.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Just like an NFL contract, it’s all about guarantees. This whole thing is a charade. Just move em to Quebec, make them the Nordiques and restore the balance to the universe of hockey.

  2. pimares - May 24, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    You Quebec losers do know that hockey in Arizona is more likely now right. So your desolate ice wastelands will not be getting OUR team!

  3. 6250claimer - May 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Just reported locally here in Phx that a deal has been reached between the NHL and the Renaissance Group to purchase the team.. that group would keep the team in Phx. Arena management deal to be worked out next week.

    • wisbadgers - May 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      And here’s the link:

      Time for the mounties to start thumping their chests about the Devils moving to Quebec City.

  4. channelguy - May 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    This is that group of CANADIAN investors who pledged they would never, nope never, move the team. In addition, several deals have been struck before, with prospective investors who didnt have much money of their own, and couldnt finance a ham sandwich, and it’s not at all clear how much real cash this group proposes to put up.

    At this stage, the NHL simply wants to stop the bleeding from its OWN coffers supporting the team, and if this sale DOES go through, and 2 years from now, the owners claim that their original estimates of the team having a profitable scenario were wrong, and they have to move, the league can shrug and say it did its best.

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