Earlier today, the NHL announced that Phoenix Coyotes’ GM Don Maloney had been signed to a long-term extension. The reason the NHL announced it? Well for those who don’t remember, they own the Coyotes so they were the ones who had to sign him. I wonder if Maloney gave them a “home town discount”. Honestly, I hope he didn’t.
The reason the extension is a good move – the last four years under Maloney the Coyotes have the eighth best record in the NHL at 156-96-42. Can’t argue with results.
Per NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:
“Since joining the team in 2007, Don has done an outstanding job managing his team and building a competitive roster that has produced on the ice, even given less than ideal circumstances off the ice. The NHL remains committed to securing the Coyotes’ future in Glendale under new ownership, and we believe Don’s long-term agreement evidences that he is equally committed.”
That it does. When talk began of the expiring contracts of both Maloney and head coach Dave Tippett, both said they wouldn’t re-sign if there wasn’t an end to the ownership issues in sight. Granted Shane Doan said the same thing last summer but this signing has to give Coyotes fans hope that this long going saga may be coming to an end.
I’ve said for years that I think the Coyotes should remain in Phoenix. That fan base is as hard core as you are going to find, proven by the fact they have stuck with the team through the past four years as rumors of the team leaving constantly remained in the news. But at this point, I think we can all agree we just want this to end. The NHL shouldn’t be announcing GM extensions. Hopefully this signing signals they won’t be real soon.