The NHL rewarded Don Maloney on Friday, signing the Phoenix Coyotes general manager to a long-term contract that will keep him with the franchise no matter where it ends up playing.

“We are very pleased that Don has agreed to sign a long-term contract extension with the Coyotes,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. “Since joining the team in 2007, Don has done an outstanding job managing his team and building a competitive roster that has produced on the ice, even given less than ideal circumstances off the ice. The NHL remains committed to securing the Coyotes’ future in Glendale under new ownership, and we believe Don’s long-term agreement evidences that he is equally committed.”

Maloney has been Phoenix’s general manager for six seasons, the past four while operating under the restraints of being run by the NHL after former owner Jerry Moyes took the franchise into bankruptcy in 2009.

Maloney was honored with the league’s General Manager of the Year Award in 2010 and led Phoenix to three straight 40-win seasons for the first time in franchise history.


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