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Arizona Coyotes GM, new owner agree to overhaul roster, per reports

Arizona's management is reportedly ready to "blow this up."

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It didn't take long for the new Arizona Coyotes owner to make a big decision about the future of his franchise.

According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, new Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway met with GM Don Maloney this week to discuss immediate plans to rebuild their fading team. In LeBrun's words, the two agreed to "blow this up, and let's have a full rebuild in the desert."

Arizona is undergoing one of its worst seasons in franchise history. The Coyotes own the fourth-worst record in the NHL at the midway point in the season, and considering the core has remained the same for years it's no wonder ownership is looking to hit the reset button.

As for what that means for the current players, LeBrun reports that it's likely that veteran center Antoine Vermette gets dealt at the trade deadline. That name has been floating around trade rumors for awhile now, but it appears his departure is almost certain at this point.

LeBrun also indicated that former All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle and fellow blueliner Zbynek Michalek are on the block as well. Whether those two are traded by the deadline is up in the air.