The Calgary Flames have quietly added a very big name to their organization.
It was revealed on Wednesday that the team had brought in former Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, and while presumably he will bringing more to the table than just his official title, he has been named a professional scout.
Maloney is well deserving of respect regardless of what you think of the Arizona Coyotes. He managed to take a team with very little money to the playoffs during his tenure, and while the Coyotes have not been competitive as of late, with no budget and an ownership situation that made it impossible to attract free agents, Maloney is not to be blamed.
Furthermore he has turned the Coyotes on ice-failures into great success drafting top end talent and paving the groundwork for what looks like a promising future for that organization. It's clear that this level of success under the circumstances as well as his wealth of experience are why he is being brought in to the Flames organization, although Sportsnet's Roger Millions believes Maloney may have been hired to fill the void left by Todd Woodcroft, who recently joined the Jets.