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Coyotes coach Tippett get contract extension

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Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett agreed to a long-term contract extension, the team announced Friday.

A press conference is scheduled for Monday.

Tippett said in a statement that he is "thrilled to stay with the Coyotes."

"(General manager) Don (Maloney) has done a very good job of assembling a great staff and group of players here and I like the direction we are headed," Tippett said. "We've started to build a strong foundation and we are both looking forward to continuing to build a winning team here in the Valley and taking the next step as a first-class organization."

Tippett is 156-96-42 in four seasons as the Coyotes coach, including three playoff appearances. Phoenix did not make the playoffs this season.

The teams still has not settled its ownership issue, which has concerned Tippett. The NHL bought the team in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 2009 and has yet to find a new owner.

In 10 seasons as an NHL coach, Tippett is 427-252-107 and his teams have made the playoffs in eight of those seasons.
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