Coyotes, GM Bill Armstrong agree to multiyear contract extension: Why Arizona made this decision

The Arizona Coyotes and general manager Bill Armstrong have agreed to a multiyear contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know:
The terms of the contract extension were not disclosed.
Armstrong has been GM of the Coyotes since Sept. 17, 2020. The Coyotes have missed the playoffs in all three seasons with Armstrong as GM.
The Coyotes finished with a 28-40-14 record in 2022-23 and picked sixth in the 2023 NHL Draft, selecting Russian defenseman Dmitri Simashev.
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) September 6, 2023The Athletic’s instant analysis:Why extend Armstrong now?No NHL managerial job has been more thankless than running the Coyotes for going on a decade or longer. The team has had so much off-ice drama, relating to ownership issues and the constantly evolving arena discussions, which made focusing on the hockey tasks at hand a far greater challenge than they would have been in a more established, or secure market.AdvertisementThe fact that Armstrong has navigated these turbulent waters so effectively is the reason for the extension. Armstrong executed the organizational mandate about as …

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