Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 1/17/13

MONTREAL - JUNE 26: Oliver Ekman-Larsson poses for a photo with members of the Phoenix Coyotes organization (L-R) Assistant GM Brad Treliving, Director of Amateur Scouting Keith Gretzky, General Manager Don Maloney and Amateur Scouts Christian Ruutu and Steve Lyons after being drafted during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If Don Maloney were the general manager of the Suns, Diamondbacks or Cardinals, hed be a rock star in the Valley. Hes photogenic, hes likeable, hes refreshingly candid for a man in his position and, most important, hes very good at his job. In five seasons as the Coyotes' GM, he has distinguished himself with a litany of shrewd financial moves, his ability to manage a tight cap yet still field a competitive team, and his ability to find hidden gems through trades or free agency. Maloney was criticized in most corners for allowing goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to walk in free agency while he grabbed Mike Smith off the discount rack to replace him. We all know how that worked out, but the list of similar moves is staggering when viewed in its entirety. Ray Whitney, Antoine Vermette, Rusty Klesla, Boyd Gordon and Lauri Korpikoski are just a few of the recent success stories beyond Smith. Clearly, Dave Tippetts coaching staff and the players themselves have contributed to ...
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