After years of uncertainty, the Phoenix — soon to be Arizona — Coyotes finally have ownership questions answered, and are in the midst of fighting for the second wild card spot in the NHL’s Western Conference.
What makes this race different than year’s past is that the Coyotes can now afford to be buyers at the NHL trade deadline as opposed to sellers who are simply looking to dump unwanted salary.
When speaking this week with Dave Vest of Coyotes.com, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney wanted people to know that times are different in Glendale, AZ, and the desert dogs are going to be looking at buying talent instead of losing it.
“We’re not looking to ‘sell,’” Maloney told Vest. “We’d like to add. But right now there are 25 other teams in the League in the exact same situation and there are only five teams that look to be prepared to move some players out for younger assets.”
The NHL’s trade deadline falls on Wednesday, March 5. The league is currently in a trade freeze due to the 2014 Sochi Olympics which lasts until February 23.