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Coyotes Relieve Maloney of General Manager Duties

Maloney was Arizona GM for last Nine Seasons

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GLENDALE, AZ-The Arizona Coyotes missed the playoffs this season for the fourth straight time. Things like that usually cause owners and management to want to “shake things up” to get their teams winning again. The Coyotes have already started that shake up.

Arizona dismissed Don Maloney from his general manager duties on Monday after nine years in that position.

Maloney took over the Coyotes’ GM job in 2007. He would go on to win the inaugural General Manager of the Year award in 2010 after helping the team, then known as the Phoenix Coyotes, reach the playoffs that year for the first time since 2002.

That 2009-10 season, so far, has been Arizona’s best regular season in team history. They went 50-25-7 that year, their only 50-win season in team history. Their 107 points are also a franchise record.

2012 was their greatest playoff season in team history. After capturing their first ever Pacific Division title, the Coyotes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the first round for their playoff series win since relocating to Arizona in 1996. Arizona would go on to the Conference Final before falling to the Los Angeles Kings.

However, the Coyotes haven’t been back to the postseason since then, finishing as low as last place in the division last season. This lack of success is the reason team president Anthony LeBlanc felt it was time to make a change.

Maloney had signed a long-term extension with the team in 2013, but this was before the team was purchased by LeBlanc and the current ownership group. Maloney had been the league’s sixth-longest tenured general manager.

The move hasn’t come with some head scratching, though, as many feel that Maloney is the reason has built a roster full of up-and-coming talent such as Max Domi and Anthony Duclair that should blossom in the near future.

Another reason the move has perplexed some people is because Maloney worked very closely with head coach Dave Tippett. The Coyotes will apparently retain Tippett as head coach.

According to reports, Arizona will look outside the organization fill the general manager role. For now, assistant general managers John Chayka and Chris O’Hearn will manage the hockey operations department until a new general manager is named.

Photo Credit: Jeff Shewan/via flickr.com

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