While the exact reason for John Chayka’s ugly split from the Arizona Coyotes remains foggy, it was reported that an unknown NHL team owner approached him about a job opportunity. Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo initially denied the request to speak with Chayka before eventually granting permission.
Chayka interviewed for a role in which he would oversee aspects of the other sports teams in the owner’s portfolio. Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer own the Philadelphia 76ers, Crystal Palace FC, an eSports team, and several minor-league teams.
Coyotes ownership reportedly insists that Chayka’s breach of contract doesn't allow him to serve as GM or president of hockey operations for any NHL team until his deal is over (three more years after this season).
In a release, the organization said he “quit” on the team, and the Coyotes are “disappointed” in him.