GLENDALE, Ariz. About a month ago, general manager Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett circled a three-week stretch in February that would determine the Coyotes trade-deadline philosophy.
If the team made a convincing argument for playoff contention during that stretch, they would join the ample ranks of deadline buyers. If they didnt climb out of the nether regions of the Western Conference standings, they would be among the few sellers.
Names like Ray Whitney and Adrian Aucoin could have been on the table. Maybe even captain Shane Doan, if the offer was right and Doan was convinced that leaving was the best thing for the franchises long-term prospects.
Thankfully for all involved, the latter scene never played out, allowing Maloney to don his happy face when addressing the teams lack of activity at the NHLs Monday trade deadline.
This will be short and sweet, said Maloney, before feigning a quick exit from a press conference at Jobing.com Arena.
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