The Arizona Coyotes have fired general manager Don Maloney, the team announced Monday.
Maloney has been the franchise’s general manager since 2007. The Coyotes missed the playoffs this season for the fourth straight year.
“The Coyotes had some success with Don, but we believe a change in leadership is needed in order to move our franchise forward in a new direction,” Coyotes president Anthony LeBlanc said in a statement.
Arizona improved significantly this season, earning 22 more points than last year, but it wasn’t enough to save Maloney’s job. The team began a rebuild last season, trading away many big contracts to make way for its younger players.
Maloney is responsible for bringing a few intriguing prospects to Arizona, such as Max Domi, Anthony Duclair and Dylan Strome.
Dave Tippett is expected to remain as head coach.