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Report: Coyotes’ GM Don Maloney threatened to trade players

Don Maloney, Dave Tippett

Phoenix Coyotes’ general manager Don Maloney, left, talks and head coach Dave Tippett looks on as Maloney talks about the upcoming NHL hockey season at a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Following the Coyotes 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night, GM Don Maloney went into the Arizona dressing room, which he rarely does post-game, to have conversation with his players.

According to hockey insider Bob McKenzie, Maloney threatened his players, who currently have limited no-trade clauses, and told them he would seek trades.

Maloney then followed up with the player’s agents seeking a list of teams they would be willing to waive their no-trade clause for.

Players who have reportedly garnered interest from other teams include Keith Yandle, Antoine Vermette, Mikkel Boedker and Martin Hanzal.

Per CapGkeek, players with some form of a no-trade clause in their contract include David Moss, Martin Erat, Zbynek Michalek and Mike Smith.

At that point in the schedule, Arizona had won just one of six games. The Coyotes split a recent trip to Alberta winning in Edmonton and then losing again to the Flames.

Arizona plays host to the L.A. Kings tonight.

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