Quick Hits: Trade Thoughts

I started thinking the other day… Yes I know, I shouldn’t think so much. It can get me in trouble. I was watching fans on social media suggest trades. All kinds of trades. Trades I can’t imagine ever happening because one team would get the short end of the stick. Most fan trades seem to be, “How about I give your team X and your team can give me A, B and C”. Now, X is...
Via Hipchecks
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes Looking For More Offense

#451386760 / The Coyotes have had an eventful offseason that has seen, among other things, a name change for the club; dropping Phoenix to instead represent the entire state of Arizona. The Coyotes are on a mission to represent their state well after missing out on the playoffs each of the last two seasons. Despite the two year playoff drought this is an Arizona...
Via Beyond The Benches
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bissonnette exits Valley with class, many fans

Paul Bissonnette didn't know it at the end of the 2013-14 season when he met with general manager Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett. He knows it now.  Bissonnette won't be with the Arizona Coyotes next season. "It sucks," the Coyotes' fan favorite said Tuesday. "It's really sad because I had a blast there for five years. I met a lot of awesome people...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Ribeiro holds no grudges with Coyotes

The Mike Ribeiro experiment lasted all of one season before behavioral issues led the Coyotes to buy him out just before the NHL Draft in June.  But he didn't appear to hold any grudges after signing a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, despite some blunt comments from Coyotes general manager Don Maloney upon Ribeiro's Valley exit....
Via Fox Sports Arizona
16 days ago  |  Discuss

David Moss Staying In Arizona

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward David Moss to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “David is an intelligent, steady, reliable player who fits into our style of play,” said Maloney. “We are pleased David decided to resign with us in Arizona.”...
Via Kukla's Korner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Darcy Regier new assistant GM, senior VP for Coyotes

Darcy Regier talks to the media. Credit: Dan Hickling (Olean Times Herald)   General Manager Don Maloney of the Arizona Coyotes announced the signing of 17 year Buffalo Sabers general manager Darcy Regier. Regier was the longest tenured general manager for the Buffalo Sabers in their 44 year history. He managed the franchise for 17 years, building the 1999 team that went to the...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Darcy Regier Takes Management Position With The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed Darcy Regier to a multi-year contract to serve as the team's Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are very pleased Darcy has decided to join us in Arizona," said Maloney. "Darcy...
Via Kukla's Korner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes walking fine line between financial prudence, relevance

The first day of free agency was a deflating one for the Coyotes fan base.  Midway through the day, TSN reported there had been 70 deals totaling $500 million. Only two of those belonged to Arizona and neither would be considered major: fourth-line center Joe Vitale and backup goalie Devan Dubnyk, who is coming off a nightmarish season (the team also added six minor league players...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Several Arizona Coyotes departures likely as free agency opens

Change is expected after consecutive non-playoff finishes, and Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney has already been working to ensure the roster the team debuts in the fall is different than the one that finished last season. The Coyotes recently bought out center Mike Ribeiro, found his replacement in center Sam Gagner and also added a bottom-six winger with size and grit in B...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The best and worst Coyotes free-agent signings

With Mike Ribeiro's buyout stunning the NHL world on Friday, we decided to take a look back at the best and worst free-agent signings in Coyotes history.  While GM Don Maloney takes the collar for the worst of the worst, his overall track record is good, as you will see below. The same can't be said for his predecessor, Mike Barnett, who is responsible for three of the worst...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Smith: Losing Mike Ribeiro ‘real tough’

AP Image On Friday the Arizona Coyotes initialized the buy out of center Mike Ribeiro’s contract.  Ribeiro had signed the contract in July 2013.  It was a four-year contract worth $22 million Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said the buyout was to do with the behavior issues of Ribeiro and nothing to do with cost cutting. “Mike had some real behavioral issues we felt we...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes address forward needs on Day 2 of Draft

The Coyotes' focus in this year's NHL Draft was plain to see: Forwards! Forwards! Forwards!  When the final tally was in, Arizona had selected seven forwards (two centers, four left wings and a right wing) along with two defensemen. "It wasn't by design per se," general manager Don Maloney said. "But I'm really happy certainly that with our earlier...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes tab power forward Perlini with 12th pick in NHL Draft

The list of NHL players born in the United Kingdom is longer than you might imagine. But it was hockey bloodlines and a move to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at age 11 that probably ensured Brendan Perlini's ascension to first-round pick. The newly minted Arizona Coyotes made the Guildford, Surrey, England native the 12th pick in the NHL Draft on Friday, ending a busy day in which...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes buy out Ribeiro, citing behavioral problems

While trades, free agency and the NHL Draft were dominating hockey news on Friday, the Coyotes veered in a stunning direction when they initiated the process to buy out the remaining three years of center Mike Ribeiro's four-year, $22 million deal. According to, the buyout will cost the Coyotes approximately $1.94 million for six years, but it's unclear if other...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Draft will impact Coyotes down road; trades could impact them now

With less than five days remaining until NHL free agency begins, the Coyotes have only re-signed one of their key free agents: defenseman Chris Summers.  That's not a surprise since the team never intended to bring back defenseman Derek Morris, goalie Thomas Greiss wants to test the waters to see if he can land a starting gig, and the team will look to upgrade on veteran forwards...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Maloney: NHL Draft is 'Super Bowl for Our Scouts'

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft is less than a week away and the Coyotes are eager to get started. "It’s the Super Bowl for our scouts," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. "It’s really the foundation of your whole franchise. If you do a good job at the draft table you acquire assets that can be used not only for yourself but also assets maybe you can use in other...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Phoenix Coyotes Are Prepared To Make Some Moves

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, In the coming weeks, the Coyotes likely will execute the bulk of their roster decisions, shaping not only the expectations for 2014-15 but also the realistic results. The draft, which usually coincides with the first wave of trade activity, starts Friday, and free agency opens July 1. And ownership already has handed General Manager...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

LeBlanc: Coyotes will be in middle of pack for spending

Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc said Tuesday in a conference call that he expects the Coyotes cap number and payroll numbers to be in the middle of the NHL pack for the upcoming season. One week ago, general manager Don Maloney said: "I think it's fair to say we'll be toward the bottom portion of the league." Confused? So were we. But LeBlanc said Maloney's...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes will still be value shopping in free agency

Coyotes general manager Don Maloney is still waiting for a payroll budget from the ownership group, but in a conference call this week, he made it clear that one season of ownership will not drastically alter the team's operating philosophy. When approaching free agency, Maloney said the Coyotes must continue "to look at mix and chemistry and character and maybe sacrifice...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes name Tim Bernhardt as head of amateur scouting

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes have promoted Tim Bernhardt to director of amateur scouting. Bernhardt and General Manager Don Maloney will oversee the Coyotes' 2014 draft in Philadelphia on June 27-28. The Coyotes have the 12th pick in the first round. The Coyotes also announced that Jeff Twohey has been promoted to assistant director of amateur scouting. Bernhardt, 56...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes hash out plan of attack for offseason moves

Up to this point, Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney has only been able to daydream about potential off-season moves that will improve the Coyotes because he hasn't been issued a budget by ownership. But clarity is coming. Maloney and coach Dave Tippett met with IceArizona on Friday to outline their objectives for the summer, and now it's up to the owners to determine...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

No outdoor or All-Star games, but state of Coyotes union looks good

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc, general manager Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett held a town hall meeting on Thursday night in a continuing effort to connect with their fan base, answer personnel questions as best they could and announce upcoming changes. While the fan base was happy to hear that ownership is working on better dining options, adding a second...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

How Henrik Lundqvist went from 7th-round pick to King of New York

Don Maloney would love to take credit for drafting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist while Maloney was the New York Rangers assistant general manager from 1996 to 2007. "I swam the Atlantic Ocean, climbed mountains and screamed and yelled until we took him," Maloney said Monday. The truth? "It was dumb, blind luck," said Maloney, now the Coyotes GM. "I liked his...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Kings, Rangers Engaged In Epic Brawl During Last Playoff Series

If the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers is as exciting as the teams’ playoff series in 1981, hockey fans are in for a real treat. They met in the preliminary round of the playoffs that season and New York won the Best-of-5 3-1. The series will be remembered for an epic bench-clearing brawl that happened in Game 2 at the Great Western Forum...
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Coyotes prospect Henrik Samuelsson ready for the NHL?

Coyotes prospect Henrik Samuelsson led the Edmonton Oil Kings to the Memorial Cup title with a two-goal, five-point effort in a 6-3, championship-game win over Guelph on Sunday in London, Ont. He led the Oil Kings with 35 goals and 95 points in 65 regular-season games. He finished eighth in the Western Hockey League playoffs with eight goals and 23 points in 21 games and he led the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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