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Maloney on Coyotes season: ‘We have to figure out what went wrong’

Apr 14, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. While they missed by a slim margin this season, GM Don Maloney is tired of losing and said things have to change.

As Sarah McLellan of the shares, Maloney feels everyone from the top down has to get better.

“We certainly came into this year with the expectation to be a playoff team,” Maloney said. “That to me is a minimum goal for this franchise. It didn’t happen, and so now we have to figure out what went wrong and that’s the job of myself and the staff and work with the coaches to get better and that’s what we’re all about here.”

The Coyotes had to deal with an injury to Mike Smith and a bizarre illness to Shane Doan early on in the season that derailed what was a brilliant start for the team captain.

One thing Maloney wasn’t able to do all season was add a top-six scorer. He spoke back in August about his desire to add to the offense of the team, but only came away with Martin Erat at the trade deadline.

A healthy Smith and a boost the offense would make for a good start in the offseason. The Coyotes have a host of young defensemen that could be dangled in a trade. Expect Maloney’s phone to be busy this summer.

  1. rushledger - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    They have a pool of good prospect that have been getting a good amount of time to develop, this upcoming season might be the time to unleash a few of them including Domi.

  2. tapefolie - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Hell no!! Do not trade any of our young d-men!! That’s a lot harder to get than forwards, including forwards that can actually score. And it’s also the only good think we got going.

  3. swisherswee - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    What went wrong was that they didnt move to Seattle. Coyote fans are a bunch of hillbillys.

  4. jeffr85392 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Time to give the young guys their shot with mentoring from a cadre of established veterans. Mike Ribeiro comes to mind. I’m hoping having a year here under his belt will make him more comfortable and he’ll show us what he can really do.

    swisherswee, give it a rest.

  5. wishingtonredslur - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    You didn’t win enough games. You let in too many goals. You didn’t score enough goals. You lost too many overtime games. That about does it, my 1,000,000 dollar consultation fee bill is in the mail.

  6. joeyashwi - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Sorry but the Minnesota Wild are on their FIFTH goalie this season and still made the playoffs. Losing Smith shouldn’t have been the difference.

    • frankiesweep - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      Losing Smith didn’t make the difference. Thomas Greiss was fine. The team couldn’t score.

      So if you’re going to make ridiculous comments, at least get your facts straight.

  7. jernster21 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Only 4 more years till they move.

  8. blomfeld - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    And like, maybe try ‘not’ setting up shop within a 3 x hour drive of Tombstone AZ ?

  9. skr213 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    What went wrong? Mike Smith got injured. End of story. If they hadn’t lost nearly every game after he went out, they could have coasted into a wild card spot. Also, Ribiero stopped scoring goals – but that wouldn’t have even mattered if Smith stayed healthy.

  10. darksidecowboy - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Maloney most likely needs to trade Yandle for a top 6 forward and possibly get a 2nd round pick. Unless they overpay there’s no way they can get a UFA to go there. Yandle could bring a decent return.

    • gbrim - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Mr. darksidecowboy–would you like to explain why there is “no way they can get an UFA to go there”? There are worse places to play than the desert. Maloney/Tippett are well-regarded, and the new owners seem to be sincere in making hockey work in Arizona. I can think of many places that would be worse, but out of respect for those teams and their fans I will simply say that Arizona is far from the worst destination for an UFA.

    • frankiesweep - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      You must be talking about Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa… When talking about not being to get a quality free agent to go there…..

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