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The Phoenix Coyotes announced on Friday that general manager Don Maloney signed a long-term contract extension to stay with the franchise.

The contracts of Maloney and coach Dave Tippett's were scheduled to expire this summer, and the Coyotes face an uncertain future as far as ownership.

The team has been under league management for four seasons.

"We are very pleased that Don has agreed to sign a long-term contract extension with the Coyotes," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement issued by the team. "Since joining the team in 2007, Don has done an outstanding job managing his team and building a competitive roster that has produced on the ice, even given less than ideal circumstances off the ice. The NHL remains committed to securing the Coyotes' future in Glendale under new ownership, and we believe Don's long-term agreement evidences that he is equally committed."

---The NHL will announce its players and coaches awards winners during two television specials during the Stanley Cup Finals.

The league will announce the winners of the Calder Memorial, Hart Memorial, James Norris Memorial, Ted Lindsay Award and Vezina trophies before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

---The Nashville Predators announced that the team signed 2012 fourth-round draft pick Mikko Vainonen to a three-year entry-level contract.

Vainonen, 19, had four goals and 18 assists in his first season with the Kingston Frontenacs and added two goals and an assists in the playoffs.

---New York Rangers veteran Brad Richards is expected to be a healthy scratch for the second straight time Saturday when the Rangers play Game 5 of their series against the Bruins in Boston.

Richards skated with the other Game 4 scratches Friday morning before regular practice, according to ESPN.com.

--- The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goalie Curtis McElhinney to a one-year, one-way deal.year, one-way deal.

McElhinney, 30, spent last year with Columbus' AHL affiliate in Springfield.
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