PHOENIX (AP) -The Phoenix Coyotes will hire former New York Rangers forward Don Maloney as their general manager, a person familiar with the decision said Monday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made an announcement. The Coyotes have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to announce the move.
Maloney is the Rangers' assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel. He has spent the past nine years in the Rangers' front office after 10 1/2 seasons as a left wing for the team.
Maloney will replace Michael Barnett, who was fired as part of a front-office shakeup after the Coyotes missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Barnett, who served as coach Wayne Gretzky's agent during Gretzky's playing career, spent six seasons with the Coyotes.
The 48-year-old Maloney, a native of Lindsay, Ontario, also has ties to Gretzky. Gretzky is executive director of Hockey Canada, and Maloney has served Team Canada in several competitions. In November 2003, Maloney was hired as Team Canada's assistant general manager.
In recent years, the Coyotes have tried to improve by signing free agents. That approach didn't work, and the team has decided to go with younger, homegrown players. Maloney, who has a strong background in scouting, appears to be a good fit with that philosophy.
He was involved with the Rangers' professional and amateur scouting operations, and he served as the San Jose Sharks' Eastern professional scout in 1996-97.
Maloney was the Rangers' second-round pick, 26th overall, in the 1978 NHL draft. He joined the Rangers in 1978 and was traded to Hartford during the 1988-89 season. Maloney retired in 1991 after two seasons with the New York Islanders.
Maloney scored 214 goals with 350 assists for 564 points in 765 regular season games, and he had 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points in 94 playoff games.