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Coyotes Not Active on NHL Trade Deadline Day

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That’s the approach the Coyotes took in terms of making any personnel moves for the last 20 games of the season before the NHL trade deadline expired on Monday.

Phoenix is 10-0-1 in its past 11 games and in first place in the Pacific Division.

Don Maloney
"We've been playing terrific hockey in the month of February (and) I didn't want to touch the mix on our current roster,” General Manager Don Maloney said at a press conference inside Arena on Monday afternoon. “…Everybody knows their roles and are playing well.”

Maloney said he considered adding a player via trade but he had no interest in trading away any players or, for that matter, any upcoming first-, second-, or third-round draft picks.

“It’s all about price and acquisition price,“ Maloney said. "...There was nothing out there that made sense. We just said ‘Why fool around with a good thing?’”

Over the weekend, NHL observers suggested the Coyotes would be in the market for another experienced defenseman. But the recent play of young defensemen Chris Summers and Michael Stone, and the impending returns of injured defensemen Rostislav Klesla and David Schlemko, enabled Maloney to pass on making a deal for a short-term fix on the blue line.

“I didn’t feel like we had to go out and get that 34-year-old rental,” Maloney said. “We know we’re going to have help coming in the next weeks.”

The Coyotes, of course, did make one significant trade last week when they acquired center Antoine Vermette from Columbus for minor league goalie Curtis McElhinney, a 2012 second-round pick and a conditional 2013 fifth-round pick. After just two games with Phoenix, Maloney called Vermette “a terrific fit” with the team, both on and off the ice.

NOTE: After practice, Head Coach Dave Tippett said that none of the team’s injured players would be back in the lineup for Tuesday’s home game vs. Vancouver. He did say that Klesla and Schlemko skated before practice, and that forward Gilbert Brule had worked out off the ice for two days in a row.
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