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Coyotes sign GM to multi-year extension

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The Arizona Coyotes announced on Wednesday that they have signed General Manager Bill Armstrong to a multi-year extension. 

“For the past three years, Bill has done an excellent job restructuring our hockey operations department and rebuilding our hockey team,” Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo said. “He has acquired elite talent through the draft, trades, and free agency, and has established a winning culture by adding a great coaching staff and other key hockey operations personnel. I am confident that under his leadership, the Coyotes will soon become a perennial playoff team and we will continue to work towards our goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to the Valley.”

Armstrong was named Coyotes GM in September of 2020 and is entering his fourth year with the team after a stint as the St. Louis Blues’ assistant GM for two years. Prior to his roles in the office, Armstrong played nine years in the AHL and IHL.

Although the ‘Yotes have not made a playoff appearance since his arrival, Armstrong has aided in  acquiring 34 draft picks over the next three NHL Drafts. 

Armstrong also hired head coach André Tourigny who led the team to a 28-40 record in their first year at Mullet Arena. Not a winning season, but they’re best since their last playoff appearance during the 2019-20 season. 

“Bill has a great eye for talent, and he has done a fantastic job assembling an excellent team on and off the ice,” said Xavier A. Gutierrez, Coyotes President & CEO. “He has worked extremely hard, stayed true to his plan, and has earned the trust and respect of ownership, our coaches, our players, and our fans. We look forward to continuing our work together as we strive for our ultimate goal of delivering a Stanley Cup to Arizona.”

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Taylyn Hadley is a sports and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow her on X via @TAYLYNH11.

 

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