More on Maloney
New Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney's not a hockey personality I know well, mainly due to the fact he's been in a background role for the past decade or so in New York, but from his interviews since taking on his new role, I'm impressed.
Here's Maloney on Prime Time Sports on Tuesday night:
Truthfully, what I can bring to the table is exactly what this franchise needs. They don't need me to be doing this radio show every week or out in front of the cameras — that's Wayne, he's the face of this franchise. What they need is somebody underneath that knows the scouting community — I don't need to be the greatest talent evaluator, but I have to hire the best talent evaluators and that's what this team needs.He went on to say that a goaltender is his first order of business, which makes a lot of sense given Curtis Joseph is a free agent, but just who he could target in that regard wasn't discussed (Mathieu Garon might not be a bad choice).
The bizarre thing about the Coyotes' hiring process, and something that was discussed on the radio program after Maloney signed off, was that Wayne Gretzky was part of it all along — which isn't generally the deal when a new GM is brought into the fold. If anything, it's always an issue whether an executive gets to pick his coach, something that's out of the question in the desert given the legend-as-coach arrangement.
Does that put Maloney at a disadvantage from the get go?
Not necessarily — but the Great One certainly has to squeeze more out of his lineup than he has through Years 1 and 2.
Still, things are looking up in Phoenix, even if they're four months from dropping the puck.