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MONTREAL - JUNE 26: Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney speaks at the podium 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)
Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett have had one of the most difficult jobs in sports: Trying to build a team without an owner. With determination and a like-minded approach, they've made it work. Fighting past the financial and organizational limitations that come with being run by the NHL, Maloney and Tippett have built a team that has made the playoffs each of their three seasons together. They've reached a pinnacle in the franchise's history this season, leading a team with no true star players into the Western Conference finals for the first time while igniting a moribund fan base. Led by Maloney and Tippett, the Coyotes open the conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night in the desert.
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