The Phoenix Coyotes' future remains cloudy, but Dave Tippett's is now clear.
The Coyotes head coach have agreed to a five-year extension with the franchise, a week before his contract was set to expire. An important detail in the contract is that, according to the Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan, whatever the future holds for the Coyotes, whether it be in Phoenix or not, Tippett will be their man:
Tippett had been waiting for more clarity on the team's pursuit of ownership before deciding his future but with the Coyotes' possible destinations seemingly down to two options and other coaching vacancies dwindling, it made sense that Tippett would stick with the franchise.
Those two options are looking like Phoenix and Seattle. If Quebec City were a strong possible destination for the Coyotes, we likely wouldn't have seen this news today. Tippett has a daughter and grandchild in Seattle, so a relocation to the Northwest would put him closer to family.
Despite the number of head coaching positions that were open in the past month, Tippett was not able to speak with any of those teams, as per the order of Coyotes general manager Don Maloney.
At the GMs meetings on Wednesday, Maloney said that locking up his coaching staff was his number one priority. Goaltending coach Sean Burke and assistant coach Jim Playfair were extended earlier this month, and now with Tippett in the fold, Maloney will turn to re-signing Mike Smith before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
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