TUCSON — Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Wednesday he expects the team to have “medical equipment bags” in place during the preseason to accommodate injuries suffered by players.
The Coyotes have been using medical equipment to help their players during games since January when the team introduced a helmet-to-helmet policy.
The new policy will be implemented on the ice starting this season, and it is expected to be the standard for all games.
“Our players have the highest level of health and they’re very important in our organization,” Maloney told The Arizona Republic.
“It’s important to have the best players in the world, and the best equipment, so we’re going to be working with them, and making sure that they’re well-prepared to help us win.”
Players on the Coyotes will be required to wear helmets when playing in the preseason.
The league will be working to make the new policy effective as soon as possible, and Maloney noted that the Coyotes are “not just going to take a hit from the new rule, we’re also going to have to adjust.”
The Coyotes and Malony have been on a tear this preseason, winning seven of their first nine games and then losing seven of the last 10.
Maloney’s team has a 5-1-1 record, including a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.