Coyotes CEO: ‘We’re committed to building a long-term winner’

Jul 23, 2021, 8:36 PM | Updated: Jul 24, 2021, 9:48 am
Xavier Gutierrez, Managing Director/Clearlake Capital Group, speaks onstage at the SUPERCHARGED Sum...
Xavier Gutierrez, Managing Director/Clearlake Capital Group, speaks onstage at the SUPERCHARGED Summit by Kwanza Jones at City Market Social House on October 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images for SUPERCHARGED)
(Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images for SUPERCHARGED)

It’s been a busy week for the Arizona Coyotes and the moves continued Friday.

The team sent captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland to the Vancouver Canucks just hours before the 2021 NHL Draft.

The prize return of the trade was the 9th overall pick, which the team used on forward Dylan Guenther.

Before the pick was made, team president and CEO Xavier Gutierrez joined 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Stations Burns and Gambo to discuss the big trade and future of the franchise.

“Let me first start by acknowledging OEL… drafted here, beloved in the Valley, just want to thank him for everything he did both on and off the ice,” Gutierrez said.

The Coyotes CEO said trading away the long-time captain and the promising Garland was a tough decision, but one the team felt was necessary.

In a very busy start to the offseason, Gutierrez gave his kudos to Arizona general manager Bill Armstrong for the work he’s done since taking over last year.

“I want to take my hat off to Bill,” Gutierrez said. “Coyotes fans should be very excited and proud of his work.”

Since Armstrong became general manager, the CEO says the organization has invested heavily into hockey operations and building future assets.

Gutierrez finished by saying the organization is committed to “winning on a sustained basis” before anything.

He thanked the fans for their loyal support and hopes they can see what the team is building.


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes hockey team new head coach Andre Tourigny smiles as he is introduced during a news ...
Tom Kuebel

Coyotes’ Andre Tourigny to stay in present in 1st year as NHL head coach

Arizona Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny says pushing pace, puck possession and positivity are key in first crack at leading an NHL team.
1 day ago
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hoc...
Tom Kuebel

Mix of veteran, core and young players make up ‘hungry’ Coyotes

After a busy offseason, Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong is excited to get 2021-22 started.
3 days ago
Jakob Chychrun #6 of the Arizona Coyotes looks to pass the puck during the NHL game against the Los...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes announce new radio partnership with Bonneville Phoenix

 The Arizona Coyotes announced a multi-year agreement with Bonneville Phoenix to broadcast all Coyotes regular season and playoff games.
3 days ago
(Photo via Arizona Coyotes)...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes reveal Tempe arena proposal renderings

The Arizona Coyotes on Monday released renderings of their proposed arena entertainment district in Tempe.
5 days ago
(Photo via Arizona Coyotes)...
Kevin Zimmerman

Arizona Coyotes reveal new white Kachina road jerseys

The Arizona Coyotes announced a return to their white road option to go along with their Kachina home jerseys.
5 days ago
Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong and assistant general manager John Ferguson (Screens...
Kellan Olson

New Coyotes assistant GM attracted to team’s vision, long-term upside

The Arizona Coyotes are in a full-fledged rebuild, and the commitment to that vision excites new assistant GM John Ferguson.
9 days ago
Coyotes CEO: ‘We’re committed to building a long-term winner’