Source: Coyotes hire Rangers' Maloney as new GM

Updated: May 28, 2007, 7:25 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

The Phoenix Coyotes have apparently found their man.

A league source said Monday that the team has hired Don Maloney to become its new general manager. The Coyotes are expected to introduce Maloney at a press conference Tuesday.

Maloney is the Rangers' assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel. He has spent the past nine years in the Rangers' front office after 10½ seasons as a left wing for the team.

While specific terms were not yet revealed, the source said Maloney agreed to a multiyear deal.

Both sides have been working on a deal for the past week. Maloney apparently (and wisely) wanted at least a five-year commitment to make the move to the desert. Phoenix ownership must balance any deal they make with Maloney against the four years (and approximately $4.5 million) that they still owe former GM Mike Barnett, who, along with two other executives, was fired in April after the franchise's worst season since it moved from Winnipeg in 1996.

Chicago Wolves GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Boston Bruins scout John Weisbrod were the other two finalists for the post.

The 48-year-old Maloney, a native of Lindsay, Ontario, has a strong background in scouting. He was involved with the Rangers' professional and amateur scouting operations, and he served as the San Jose Sharks' Eastern professional scout in 1996-97.

Maloney was the Rangers' second-round pick, 26th overall, in the 1978 NHL draft. He joined the Rangers in 1978 and was traded to Hartford during the 1988-89 season. Maloney retired in 1991 after two seasons with the New York Islanders.

Maloney scored 214 goals with 350 assists for 564 points in 765 regular season games, and he had 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points in 94 playoff games.

E.J. Hradek covers hockey for ESPN The Magazine. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.