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Growing Sense GM John Chayka and Coyotes are Headed for Divorce


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The GM was not in attendance for the team?s scrimmage on Friday afternoon. One source indicated his office had been ?cleaned out.? Ever since it was reported that Chayka did not attend a dinner last week with unrestricted-free-agent-to-be Taylor Hall, more stories have filtered out about agent/team conversations that did not involve the current manager.


Representing the Coyotes is some combination of President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez, assistant GM Steve Sullivan (maybe the next GM?) and Alex Meruelo Jr, the owner?s son, listed as Strategic Advisor, Business and Hockey Operations.


?Chayka?s gone dark,? one agent said. (He did not respond to messages for this story.)


It?s a weird one. There?s something missing here. Six weeks ago, when he was hired, Gutierrez reacted with surprise when asked if there was any reason Chayka wouldn?t be the long-term GM. Others have wondered if he?s being punished for accusations that the Coyotes violated draft-eligible workout rules, but, earlier this week, the NHL denied that was the case.


We?ll see where this goes, but it doesn?t appear promising.



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Coyotes issued the following statement today regarding John Chayka.


"John Chayka has quit as the General Manager and President of Hockey Operations of the Arizona Coyotes.


"The Club is disappointed in his actions and his timing as the Coyotes prepare to enter the NHL's hub city of Edmonton, where the team will begin post-season play for the first time since 2012. Chayka has chosen to quit on a strong and competitive team, a dedicated staff, and the Arizona Coyotes fans, the greatest fans in the NHL.


"The Club is moving forward and has named Steve Sullivan as Interim General Manager. He has the full support of the entire organization including team ownership, executive leadership, players, and coaches.





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