Coyotes appoints Bill Armstrong as new CEO

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The Arizona Coyotes will name Bill Armstrong as the team’s next general manager, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman reports.

Armstrong worked in various roles with the St. Louis Blues for 16 years and most recently served as the club’s assistant general manager. He replaces John Chayka, who split from Arizona in July.

Andy Strickland, who covers the Blues for Fox Sports Midwest, reports that Armstrong will sign a five-year contract with the Coyotes that will pay him more than $ 1 million per season.

The Blues hired Armstrong as an amateur scout in 2004 after his playing career ended in 1999 and in 2010 he was promoted to director of amateur scouting. He added the Deputy Director General to his title in 2018.

The Coyotes and Chayka went their separate ways shortly before the NHL resumed play this summer, with the two teams shooting each other in anger in statements announcing the separation. Commissioner Gary Bettman is still expected to render a ruling on some of the contractual legalities involved in the split.

Steve Sullivan has been promoted to interim CEO in place of Chayka, but it’s unclear at this time if he will stay with the organization. Sullivan was one of several candidates to be interviewed for the full-time position, including broadcasters Pierre McGuire and Kevin Weekes, and former Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Mike Futa.



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