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With new owner, Coyotes GM feels ‘in the game’ for free agency

Jul 4, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

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Phoenix general manager Don Maloney has a message for this year’s crop of free agent: We’re not going anywhere, so let’s chat.

And if you can put the puck in the net, let’s really chat.

The Coyotes, of course, just received the vote they needed from the City of Glendale that should keep them playing in Arena for at least five more years.

Though the club’s long-term future remains somewhat up in the air, there’s more stability now than there’s been in quite some time.

“Now I feel we’re in the game as much as New York and Chicago and Boston and Toronto and any of these teams. We have a lot to sell down here, a tremendous place to work and play,” Maloney told ESPN’s Craig Custance yesterday. “It’s the best fall, spring and winter in the NHL, a good building, great coach and good program. That’s exciting for us.”

Granted, one agent told Custance that the five-year out clause that’s part of the Coyotes’ new lease is “definitely a complication” for the club.

But compared to what Maloney has had to dance around before, that’s nothing.

The Coyotes are in the market for scoring forwards, by the way.

  1. boomer1451 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Quit bringing up the 5-year out and let it play out…of course agents would say that b/c it’s a bargaining tool to get more money…We’ll know in less than 3 years how the “out clause” plan is gonna workout but give it a rest for now. A lot of businesses & life decisions run on a five year plan… Let them work without the negative connotation every article

  2. noozehound - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I don’t like seeing teams move, but you don’t need a hockey team in freaking Arizona. Quebec, Seattle, Hartford… Bring the teams back to cities that will appreciate them.

  3. kingcobraman - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    also sounds like a good place to get “”smoke”” gm sounds delusional … I wouldn’t want to live or work in the southwest if my profession is hockey…

  4. thailer35 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Maloney put a team together that made the WCF with both of his hands proverbially tied behind his back. You’re delusional.

    • kingcobraman - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      we will see how many free agents sign there… and hey go get some smoke ,seems ur living in the past …

  5. jesse716 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    No matter where teams play people are only going to support a winner, and they seemed to get some strong support in 2012 when reaching the conference final, this 5 year plan can work as long as the owners are committed to icing a competitive team

  6. wingz101 - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Oh man … Free agents ?. Wow.

    Seriously. The is the most b-o-r-i-n-g anti-hockey team in the history of the NHL. Tippett’s idea of ‘coaching’ is finding the quickest way to get to a 1-4 trap going … even when the score is 0-0. Remember how awesome Bryzgalov looked there when he had five players ready to block shots and clear rebounds?

    I mean, why is hockey such a hard sell in the desert (aside from the playoffs)? Well it’s because this is the most boring team in North American pro-sports. Most guys, like Doan, are there for the golf and not much else … no one is going there to bust buttt and win.

    • gbrim - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Your last sentence was at least partially true when Gretzky was in charge. Lots of guys making too much money, playing golf and waiting for retirement. Tippett/Maloney took them to the WCF last year with the lowest payroll in the league and the moving vans circling around the team—my guess is some underpaid/undertalented guys were playing very hard in the desert…….

  7. fiddytucker - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Kiss gritts hockey is here to stay… What happened to moving? Now looking in their new Chrystal balls they predict a 5 year loser again? Wait til the Yotes play your top shelf franchise… With their basement salary and coached up players and compete!

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