In the midst of the issue of Phoenix Coyotes ownership nearing what appears to be a resolution, it will soon be back to business as usual for the team. In fact, business has already started with the re-signing of Coyotes general manager, Don Maloney. The team announced Maloney’s contract extension this past Friday, but details, including number of years, were not disclosed.
Malonely was the seventh general manager hired to the Coyotes franchise back in May, 2007. In those six seasons since, he has drawn up an impressive list of draft picks during his time with Phoenix since 2007 such as forwards Henrik Samuelsson (27th overall in 2012) and Mikkel Boedker (eighth overall in 2008); defensemen Connor Murphy (20th overall in 2011), Brandon Gormley (13th overall in 2010), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (sixth overall in 2009), Maxim Goncharov (123rd overall in 2007); and goaltender Mark Visentin (27th overall in 2010).
The announcement of a long-term agreement with Maloney could definitely mean bigger things on the horizon and, perhaps even more important, a glimpse into a near end of the Coyotes ownership saga as this could be the start of the franchise signing some of its free agent prior to the trade deadline. As NHL executives met with Coyotes buyers at Glendale City Hall today, it could surely mean the end of uncertainty for the organization and its fans and Maloney’s extension is likely just merely the start.