Coyotes Young GM’s First Test: Should he Try to Get Matthews From Toronto?
The NHL had its Theo Epstein moment Thursday, when the Arizona Coyotes promoted 26-year-old Jeff Chayka to the job of general manager, only a year after he was hired as an assistant to Don Maloney, who was let go last month.
Chayka becomes by far the youngest GM in NHL history. Previously that had been Gord Stellick, who was hired when he was 30. Stellick ran the Toronto Maple Leafs between 1987 and 1989 in the crazy disjointed Harold Ballard era when, if you talked about making personnel decisions because of advanced stats, you’d probably have been laughed out of the building.