If you were expecting the Coyotes to come out of the gates swinging when free agency officially opened at 9 a.m. Arizona time on Friday, you might be disappointed.
Its not that general manager Don Maloney expected no moves. Some were coming. And its not he has been told to hide the wallet by new owners George Gosbee, Anthony LeBlanc, and the rest of their investors. There were just some realities tempering Maloneys and assistant general manager Brad Trelivings approach as the market opened for business.
There are certainly a couple guys weve earmarked, Maloney said. Im just not sure we can do one thing without doing two other things right now.
Maloney said this week that the cap structure the team must abide by is a little better than it would have been with another year of NHL stewardship. But Phoenix must also face the reality that it just signed goalie Mike Smith to a backloaded, six-year, 34 million deal, and Oliver Ekman-Larssons backloaded, six-year, 33 million deal will also ...