The papers are signed, sealed, and delivered, and the Phoenix Coyotes now have stable ownership for the first time in several years, ending the nightmare that had plagued this team over the course of the last several seasons. Which means nothing but positives for this club.
Despite the fact that they’ve been mired in ownership woes, with several candidates coming and going, the Coyotes have still managed to put a very competitive team on the ice. Don Maloney has done wonders with very little money to work with, and Dave Tippett has taken this team to the playoffs in every year but one since he took over behind the bench.
This is a team with several pieces already in place. They have elite defensemen in Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle. They have young offensive talent up front, like Mikkel Boedker and eventually Max Domi. They have several role players in place that work well in the system.
And that was a team that was put together with a completely uncertain future. They’ve already established that with sound ownership, they’re an attractive destination, as evident by their signing of Mike Ribeiro earlier this summer. That’s just the beginning.
With stable ownership, Maloney will now have the ability to have more flexibility in putting a team on the ice. Given his ability to assess talent, he should be able to build on what was already in place, and build a power house in the Western Conference.
The ownership is finally in place for the Coyotes, which means they get to reap the benefits of having that type of stability. In the coming years, this team should be one on the rise, and could very well be in a position to contend for a Stanley Cup before long.