Report: Coyotes tab Blues’ Armstrong as GM

Report: Coyotes tab Blues’ Armstrong as GM

Bill Armstrong will become the next general manager of the Arizona Coyotes, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

He spent the past 16 years with the St. Louis Blues, starting in 2004 as a scout, followed by a promotion to director of amateur scouting. In 2018, he was named assistant general manager of the Blues, who won the Stanley Cup in 2019.

Fox Sports Midwest reported the Coyotes will make the hiring official on Thursday and that Armstrong will sign a five-year contract worth more than $1 million a season.

He will replace John Chayka, who left the team in July, which was announced just days before the Coyotes were set to resume play following the coronavirus-related pause to the season.

“John Chayka has quit as the General Manager and President of Hockey Operations of the Arizona Coyotes,” the team said in July.

“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 postseason 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 Coyotes lost in five games to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last month.