Coyotes criticizes general manager John Chayka after he ‘quit’ the team

The Arizona Coyotes criticized John Chayka after he suddenly resigned as the team’s general manager a few weeks before the NHL was scheduled to restart his season.

John Chayka resigned as General Manager and President of Arizona Coyote Hockey Operations. The Club is disappointed with its actions and schedule as the Coyotes prepare to enter NHL core city Edmonton where the team will begin playing after the season for the first time since 2012, “the team said Sunday in a statement. “Chayka has chosen to resign from a strong and competitive team, dedicated staff and fans of the Arizona Coyotes, the best fans in the NHL.”

Chayka’s relationship with the organization apparently fell apart after another NHL owner approached her regarding another opportunity while the league was on hiatus due to the coronavirus, according to Sportsnet.

The opportunity did not involve becoming general manager of an NHL franchise, and Sportsnet reported that it may have been an out-of-league role.

Chayka and Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo eventually squared off with Chayka, prompting Chayka to terminate his contract on Friday in a move that was ultimately awarded by the team. Meruelo is expected to ask commissioner Gary Bettman to award the division.

Chayka, 31, signed a four-year extension earlier this year.

“I love our players, coaches, staff and fans and I wish I could be with the team in Edmonton. [for the resumption of the NHL season]”Chayka said in a statement, wishing the team luck.” Unfortunately, the situation created by the property made that impossible.

“That is all I intend to say on the matter for now. A more complete and detailed explanation may be necessary in the near future. ”

Chayka was hired in 2016 at age 26, making him the youngest GM professional sport.

Deputy general manager and former NHL player Steve Sullivan was named interim general manager, and the position will be evaluated after the playoffs.

The Coyotes are slated to begin a play-in series against the Predators on August 2.