GM Don Maloney has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the Phoenix Coyotes.
"We are very pleased that Don has agreed to sign a long-term contract extension with the Coyotes," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "Since joining the team in 2007, Don has done an outstanding job managing his team and building a competitive roster that has produced on the ice, even given less than ideal circumstances off the ice. The NHL remains committed to securing the Coyotes' future in Glendale under new ownership, and we believe Don's long-term agreement evidences that he is equally committed." Under Maloney's leadership, the Coyotes have achieved on-ice success despite difficult and unique circumstances. Although the team missed the playoffs in the shortened season, the Coyotes made it to the Western Conference finals for the first time in their franchise's history in 2012.
Coyotes general manager Don Maloney is close to finishing a new contract extension, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette.
Maloney's current deal expires this offseason but he and the NHL, which owns the team, are nearly done with a new one. Maloney has been the Coyotes' general manager since 2007, helping guide the team to three playoff berths in the last four years without an owner. McLellan says there's no word on when exactly the two sides want to get this done by. Coach Dave Tippett also has a contract that expires this summer.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has denied a recent report that Quebecor is in negotiations for the Phoenix Coyotes.
If they are, they would likely want to relocate the Coyotes to Quebec City. The team has been without an owner since 2009, but the NHL has been making every effort to keep the team in Glendale. Over that time, several potential owners have gained attention, but none have been able to finalize a deal.
Rob Klinkhammer signed a two-year, $1.25 million contract with the Coyotes.
Klinkhammer is coming off a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000. The upside for him now is some job security on a one-way contract. He had five goals and 11 points in 22 NHL games, and he notched 44 points in 55 AHL games this season.
Mikkel Boedker said he wants to add a mean streak to his game before next season.
Boedker has been accused of playing "too nice" by his general manager, Don Maloney. It's not something Boedker disagree with, saying he needs to learn to be a little "grumpy" in certain situations. Boedker also needs to work on his consistency in the offensive zone. The 23-year old had four goals and 15 points over his first 20 games but just three goals and 11 points over his final 28 contests.
Shane Doan does not have any regrets as to his re-signing with the Phoenix Coyotes last off-season.
Doan waited until the day before the lockout before re-signing with Phoenix. He waited so long because of the uncertainty as to whether or not Greg Jamison would buy the team as he wanted to remain in Phoenix if he could. Well Jamison did not purchase the club and it is still unknown if the Coyotes will remain in the desert.
The Colorado Avalanche might pursue Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.
Tippett's contract expires on June 30 and might be looking to leave Phoenix, due to the ongoing and seemingly never-ending ownership saga. He has a career 427-252-28-79 record in the NHL.