One of the biggest stories in hockey over the weekend was the brutal end of John Chayka
tenure with the Arizona Coyotes. After several years as general manager and president of hockey operations, which included a recent contract extension, Chayka terminated his contract and left the club. The team is promoted to deputy general manager Steve Sullivan
to the acting CEO for now, but there are still plenty of questions about why the relationship has deteriorated so quickly.Today, new information was released on what exactly happened and what happened next for the former Coyotes leader. First off, Craig Morgan of AZ Coyotes Insider reported that the rumors that Chayka was heading to the Buffalo Sabers are “inaccurate.” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman writes that he thinks it could be the New Jersey Devils, or at least the ownership group that also run the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA and Crystal Palace in the English Premier League. Friedman notes that the position is “a major position in an organization that has teams in more than one sport” but that he is not sure exactly what it would be.
The real story may take a while to come out, but in the meantime Friedman also reports that he believes the offer made to Taylor Hall Arizona ownership – the first idea of a problem between Chayka and the rest of the organization – was five years at $ 7.25 million per season. With so much confusion surrounding the Coyotes now, Hall’s pending free agency just got even more interesting. The playoffs could obviously be a perfect place for the former MVP to show that he deserves a lot more than that, although with a fixed salary cap it could be difficult for him to find a full market.
For now, the Coyotes will have to operate without a full-time GM as they navigate the 24-team playoffs. As they prepare for 2020-2021, Sullivan will have “every chance” to show he deserves the job.