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‘Yotes notes: Maloney hopes for friendly budget, closing in on assistant GM

Jun 7, 2014, 2:06 PM EDT

Don Maloney AP

It’s an important offseason for the Phoenix (soon-to-be Arizona) Coyotes.

After missing the playoffs the past two seasons, GM Don Maloney will have his hands full trying to help the team rebound and get back into the mix in a heavily competitive Pacific Division. As Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com shares, Maloney is hoping for a couple forms of help this summer including a juicier budget.

“I need (a budget) now, not July 15, because it really does impact what we’re going to do,” Maloney said.

Coyotes owner Anthony LeBlanc said he thought they had a competitive budget last season and the league’s financial success should allow them to spend a little more, but they’re not going to be a salary cap team.

Maloney is also in search of a new Assistant GM following Brad Treliving’s departure to Calgary for their GM position. As Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona shares, Maloney has one person in mind for the position but if they don’t accept he has a list of four or five other names to pursue.

That one person? Morgan believes it’s former Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier. Regier hasn’t been heard from since being fired by the Sabres in mid-November. He served as GM of the Sabres for 17 years.

  1. chief361 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    is this a more pr friendly way of saying ‘yotes fans should not expect to sniff the playoffs next year?

  2. bullwinkle88 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    The Coyotes can do a lot worse than picking up Darcy Regier. The guy is a Master at making trades.

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