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Coyotes looking to Detroit for inspiration

Jun 15, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

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The Phoenix (soon to be Arizona) Coyotes are coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Glendale City Council 4-3 vote to approve a 15-year lease agreement for Arena that led to the team being bought from the league.

That gave the Coyotes a fighting chance to prove that an NHL franchise can survive in Glendale, but they need the on-ice product to improve first after they fell short of the postseason in back-to-back campaigns. Coyotes GM Don Maloney is looking to the Detroit Red Wings as he attempts to orchestrate that turnaround.

“That’s our model,” Maloney said, per the Detroit Free Press. “They make the playoffs every year, they’re exciting to watch, they sell out their building every night and have a strong history of success.”

Certainly the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks have been better than Detroit over the last five years, but it’s easy to see why a model that puts an emphasis on sustainability would appeal to the Coyotes after years of uncertainty. Detroit undergoes transitional periods like the one it endured in 2013-14 and will continue next season, but the team has managed to avoid traditional rebuilds like the one that the Blackhawks went through en route to establishing the core that’s led them to where they are today.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Successful sports franchises are built from the top down. Stable success on the ice is a by-product of stability at the top. Hopefully the new ownership in Arizona and in Florida will turn the tide for those teams.

  2. rbbbaron - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    “they sell out their building every night” sure about that? A few seasons ago they were having trouble selling out playoff games…

    • fusionix7 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Just because the seats are empty doesn’t mean they didn’t sell. With success comes corporate bought tickets which leads to those empty seats.

    • smarshall3789 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      You must know nothing about big market team or you’re just high! The Wings sell out every game they never have to worry about that. They are a model for other teams. It starts with their great owner to their great gm to the great scouting and of course the best coach in the league.

    • eduncan8888 - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Lmao I’ve been to The Joe “a few seasons ago” for the playoffs, yeah I’m sure.

      Don’t know who your team is but until you’re in game 5 of a playoff series and feel the energy while the whole building is chanting “you got Kronwalled, you got Kronwalled” I wouldn’t look down your nose at JLA.


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