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John Chayka steps down as Arizona GM a week before qualifier

Glendale, Ariz. — Arizona general manager John Chayka earned a contract extension early this season for building the Coyotes into playoff contenders in four short years.

He was being called a quitter by the team in a strongly worded statement on Sunday after stepping down a week before the Coyotes’ Stanley Cup qualifier series against Nashville.

John Chayka has stepped down as general manager, one week before the Coyotes open the Stanley Cup qualifiers against Nashville.

The Coyotes announced Sunday former player and current assistant GM Steve Sullivan will serve as interim general manager.

The Arizona Republic reported Chayka also was not invited to a recent dinner with Meruelo and new CEO Xavier Gutierrez to talk with Taylor Hall about a contract extension.

The Coyotes were four points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot when the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but were given new life when the NHL expanded its postseason format.

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