According to multiple reports today, Arizona Coyotes’ general manager Don Maloney is expected to be relieved of duty. An official announcement is expected later today from the team.
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet originally broke the news.
Hearing #Coyotes management shake -up coming as early as today in Arizona. Maloney expected to relieved of his duties.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) April 11, 2016
Coyotes’ head coach Dave Tippett is expected to stay with the team and will remain in the same position, though he’ll likely have a larger role in player personnel decisions. Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting that while Arizona is weeks away from a decision on their next GM, it will likely be an outside candidate.
Maloney’s work in Arizona, especially this season, has been admirable considering the issues they face in that market and their low budget. He’ll leave the organization with a number of impactful youngsters such as Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, as well as a few promising prospects not yet at the NHL level.
Don Maloney was hired by the Coyotes in May 2007. Since his hiring, Arizona has gone 326-291-87. They also made the playoffs three times, with one trip to the conference finals during the 2011-12 season.