The Coyotes will conclude the interview process today in their search for a new general manager, and if all goes well, could announce a hiring within the next few days.
“We could make a decision this week,” a team source said Tuesday. “Whether that decision gets executed this week, that’s another thing altogether. I don’t think it’s going to take us long.”
Phoenix has already had second interviews with two of the three final candidates, Kevin Cheveldayoff, GM of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, and Don Maloney, assistant GM of the New York Rangers, and will talk to the third today.
That candidate is not Boston assistant GM Jeff Gorton as originally thought, but rather John Weisbrod, ex-GM of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the source said. Weisbrod’s name was not included among the original list of candidates the team released, but he did have an earlier interview.
In addition to working in the NBA, Weisbrod has an extensive background in hockey. He played center for Harvard and was a fourth-round pick of the Minnesota North Stars in 1987. A knee injury cut short his playing career.
Weisbrod was GM of the Orlando Solar Bears of the now defunct International Hockey League from 1997-2001 and built teams that won two conference titles and the IHL championship in ’01.
From 2000-05 Weisbrod was COO of the Magic and added GM to his title in ’04. In May ’05, Weisbrod resigned from both posts to get back into hockey. He was a scout in the NHL for Dallas in ’05-06 and with Boston last season.
Phoenix fired GM Mike Barnett in April after four consecutive losing seasons.