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by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney and Team President Doug Moss together fielded questions from members of the Valley media on Wednesday afternoon inside the team office at Westgate City Center.

The pair answered questions on a variety of topics. Below are some of the highlights:

Don Maloney and Doug Moss on Wednesday.
• Maloney announced the team had re-signed forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year contract.

“He embodies how we’re trying to play the game," Maloney said. "He plays with energy and enthusiasm… People forget that at the time he got hurt (in 2009-10) he was our leading goal scorer and he was probably tracking toward a 30-goal season."

He added, “I thought we really missed him against Detroit (in the playoffs) because I think he's one of those guys who can make something out of nothing.”

• Maloney said the NHL, which currently owns the team, has presented him with a budget for player salaries for the 2010-11 season. He did not reveal the amount of the budget, but he did say it was larger than the amount the NHL gave him to work with last season.

“The way I look at it is it's enough to put a winner on the ice,” Maloney said. “... Now the trick is going to be to put a winner on the ice with what we have to work with… We’re moving forward. The idea is to sign as many players as we can within the resources we have available.”

Don Maloney
• Maloney said the team would like to re-sign soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Adrian Aucoin, Matthew Lombardi, Zbynek Michalek, Derek Morris, Taylor Pyatt and Lee Stempniak.

“(Some of them) are well-positioned in the marketplace to be free in a month, and they can go anywhere they like, but… I'm somewhat optimistic we'll be able to sign the players that we need to sign, and if not then we'll find the right players who want to stay and play for us.”

• Maloney announced that the team would not re-sign center Robert Lang or defenseman Mathieu Schneider.

• Maloney said he thinks some of the better young prospects in the team’s system will play for the Coyotes next season. He specifically mentioned Kyle Turris, Maxim Goncharov and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

“One of the concerns I have is coming back with the same team," Maloney said. "(If you do that) what are the chances you can continue to progress forward? I think we need to bring in a little bit of new blood in certain areas and that’s what we're going to do.”

Doug Moss
• Moss said that the team’s 2010-11 schedule would be released on June 22. He said that unlike last season, the team has “an abnormal amount” of home games during the stretch run to the playoffs in March. Regardless of who owns the team, both Maloney and Moss said they are expecting the Coyotes to play all of their home games at Arena - and none in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as has been speculated. (The only exception would be a “home” game vs. Boston played in Prague, Czech Republic at the beginning of the season.)

• Regarding the ongoing ownership situation and the team’s future in Glendale, Moss said:

“The main thing is… the NHL has done what they said they would do. They really committed to this marketplace, and the Glendale City Council has shown that they’re willing to do whatever it’s going to take to keep this team here. I’ve always felt, and I think all of us have always felt, that we’ve got so many people here working so hard to keep it here that it will stay here, and it’s looking more and more that that’s going to be the long-term solution for this team.”


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