Coyotes' Maloney doing what he can

 

While the ownership situation will not be resolved before an auction next month, Phoenix Coyotes general manager Dan Maloney still has been busy trying to build a competitive roster.

 
 
 

The Phoenix Coyotes have been in turmoil since owner Jerry Moyes put the team in bankruptcy protection May 5.

While the ownership situation will not be resolved before an auction next month, general manager Dan Maloney still has been busy trying to build a competitive roster.

"You'd like a clear plan on which to operate, but we're dealing with it," Maloney told nhl.com."Where I'm at, we take care of what we can take care of and it'll sort itself out."

Maloney has added free-agent defenceman Adrian Aucoin and traded for rearguard Jim Vandermeer and forward Rabim Vrbata. But the Coyotes will still head into the season as one of the NHL's youngest teams.

They will need forwards Kyle Turris, 20, and Peter Mueller and Martin Hanzal, both 21, to raise their games.

"To me, Phoenix is no different than Anaheim, no different than Carolina, no different than Tampa," Maloney said. "You have to win and you have to treat people with respect. Bottom line is I think we're close."

 
 
 
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