Coyotes coach Bob Hartley on his new role in GM job
Coyotes GM Bob Hartleys role in the GM job remains unclear, but he could get a look in the next couple of days.
The Coyotes are not expected to release a new general manager until late next week, and Hartley has been in the mix for the job for some time.
Hartley did not respond to multiple messages Thursday seeking comment.
Hartley’s role in management was one of the key reasons the Coyotes were able to move forward with the signing of defenseman Josh Manson on a two-year, $3.75 million contract in January.
He is expected to be a key player for the Coyotes in their transition from the team’s rebuilding rebuild to the Stanley Cup run.
Manson is a solid defenseman who brings the type of offensive skill that Hartley was looking for with his rebuild.
The 25-year-old is entering his third season in the league and is currently tied for the league lead with six goals.
Hartleys job is not in jeopardy, but the Coyotes are expected to make changes and re-sign players this off-season.
Hartzley is known for a tough approach and a hard-nosed style of play.
He won a Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016.
Hartzley had the best record in the NHL in 2016-17, going 25-19-7 with a 3.41 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.
The move to Anaheim is Hartley’s first with a team outside the Central Division, but it is the same team that won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2016 with Hartley as the coach.
The Ducks had the league’s best record at 10-7-1 the past two seasons.