As Doan vents, Maloney says ‘we’re not in the Girl Scout business’


Earlier today, Brough wrote about Arizona captain Shane Doan being less than thrilled with his team’s deadline moves, saying a rebuild “was not my idea,” and “not my ideal situation.”

Today, Coyotes GM Don Maloney offered his take on things.

“I get it, I understand it, but we’re not in the Girl Scout business,” Maloney said, per Arizona Sports. “We’re in the business of winning. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’re getting paid.

“Shane’s a pro, he’ll get through it, he’ll understand it when he sees where this can take us.”

Maloney said that Doan was “shaken” by the Keith Yandle trade, adding “it hit him hard.” The two had been together in Arizona for the last nine years and while many — Doan included — figured pending UFAs Antoine Vermette and Zbynek Michalek would be out the door, moving Yandle wasn’t a given; he’s under contract for one more season and, at just 28 years old, could’ve been part of Arizona’s rebuild if he chose to re-sign.

But Yandle and Vermette and Michalek are all now gone, leaving Doan as one of the few left standing. To put it in perspective, eight of the key veterans from Arizona’s run to the 2012 Western Conference Final — Yandle, Vermette, Michalek, Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Daymond Langkow, Ray Whitney, Rostislav Klesla — are no longer with the team.

Maloney acknowledged all of this is tough on Doan, but said it shouldn’t prevent him from providing leadership during what promises to be some trying times.

“We still need leadership and how we’re going to play in this organization, but you can’t deny that he was pretty shook up the last couple days seeing very good friends and teammates that had survived the ‘war’, so to speak, over the last four or five years here,” Maloney explained. “To see them head out the door, it was tough for him.”

Doan: Coyotes rebuild was ‘not my idea, not my ideal situation’


This isn’t how Shane Doan saw things playing out.

When Arizona’s captain re-signed with the Coyotes in 2012, rebuffing numerous suitors to commit to the financially-troubled franchise through 2015-16, he said he was “very excited about our team” and that he “chose to stay with the Coyotes because I am committed to winning here,” not anywhere else.

Well, fast forward two and a half years and the Coyotes are on their way to missing the playoffs for the third straight season, and they just traded away key veterans Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette.

Meanwhile, Arizona GM Don Maloney has been talking about completely revamping the roster, saying how new owner Andrew Barroway “wants to build for the long term” and “understands that there is some suffering involved” to build a sustainable winner.

So, where does that leave Doan?

“It was not my idea, not my ideal situation,” he said, per azcentral’s Sarah McLellan. “There’s no one that’s 38 years old that thinks it’s a good idea, ‘Let’s rebuild.'”

Doan also said he’s only thinking about the rest of the current season, not his future beyond that.

Which, despite what he’s said in the past, makes one wonder if he’d be open to a trade in the offseason.

Richards comes down on Jackets for sluggish start vs. Arizona

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The Columbus Blue Jackets got off to a slow start against Arizona and it snowballed from there in 4-1 loss to the Coyotes.

“You’d think we’d be ready to play,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards remarked, per Rob Mixer. “It’s part of being a professional. We had some guys that were, but not enough.”

Defenseman James Wisniewski echoed his coach’s comments in his own postgame presser.

“I don’t know what our deal is,” he said, according to the team’s Twitter feed. “We weren’t ready to start the game, for whatever reason.”

That being said, Wisniewski did give Columbus an opportunity to overcome its sluggish start by beating Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith early in the second period to tie the game at one. The 30-year-old blueliner took an interference penalty shortly after that though and Arizona promptly regained the lead.

Shane Doan also scored with the man advantage at 5:19 of the second period to give Arizona some breathing room.

Columbus has now lost eight of its last 11 games. Before that slump began the Blue Jackets still had a shot of making the playoffs, but now it would take a truly spectacular run for them to avoid elimination.

Even Ekman-Larsson could be ‘up for grabs’ as Coyotes take ‘a step back’


We already know the Arizona Coyotes are willing to trade Antoine Vermette.

We also have a pretty good idea that Keith Yandle is available.

But Oliver Ekman-Larsson? Would they really trade him?

“Oliver Ekman-Larsson is a player that we would certainly be very, very reluctant to part with,” GM Don Maloney said today on TSN 1200 (audio), “but as far as I am concerned, when you’re sitting with our record, and we’re three or four worst records in the league, then everybody is up for grabs.”

Ekman-Larsson is a young defenseman who plays a ton and boasts all sorts of offensive talent. And just so we don’t misconstrue what was said, Maloney actually brought up the 23-year-old as an example of someone who was unlikely to be traded.

Maloney’s point was simply that nobody — save for captain Shane Doan, who’s “not going anywhere” — is untouchable as the Coyotes begin the process of “taking a step back” and “resetting” the organization with younger players.

Besides Vermette and Yandle, the Coyotes have a number of other veterans who could draw trade interest prior to the March 2 deadline, including forwards Martin Erat and Martin Hanzal and d-man Zbynek Michalek.

Related: Maloney says plan ‘may result in some long nights ahead’

Video: Simmonds’ shootout winner lifts the Flyers over the Coyotes


Wayne Simmonds had the lone shootout goal as the Flyers battled back for a 4-3 win over the Coyotes Tuesday night.

Philly has now won two straight shootout contests after starting the season 0-5.

Arizona opened a 2-0 lead scoring two goals on their first four shots chasing Flyers’ starter Ray Emery.

Connor Murphy and Martin Erat scored in a 2:17 span of the first period forcing Craig Berube to make a goaltending change.

Steve Mason made 22 saves in relief of Emery to improve to 9-12-6 on the season.

Simonds got the Flyers on the board near the midway mark of the first period and R.J. Umberger tied it 2-2 in the second.

Michael Del Zotto scored his fourth of the season at 18:59 of the middle frame briefly giving Philly a 3-2 lead.

However, 23 seconds later, Tobias Rieder tied it 3-3.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan had to assists in the loss.

Mike Smith made 39 saves.

Arizona doubled up Philadelphia 4-2 on Dec. 29 in the only other meeting between the two clubs this season.