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The Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to a long-term contract extension with coach Dave Tippett.
Tippett had reportedly wanted to wait to see what happens with the uncertain ownership situation before making a decision to stay with the Coyotes.
The Coyotes have gone 156-96-42 in Tippett's four seasons with the team, despite the fact that the franchise was owned by the NHL and had strict financial restrictions during that time.
In 2011-12, the Coyotes went 42-27-13, won the franchise's first division title and advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time in team history.
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Dave Tippett will return as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Tippett, who has coached the team for the most successful four-year stretch in franchise history, agreed to terms of a new deal Friday morning, and an official announcement could come later today. The deal is believed to be similar to Alain Vigneault's five-year, 10 million deal with the New York Rangers.
Dave Tippett and the Phoenix Coyotes have agreed on a five-year extension. The NHL has approved it, as well.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 21, 2013
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
“It’s the most important 24 hours in the history of the Phoenix Coyotes,” the source said.
Here’s the latest:
To complete its financing, the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment group needs a firm commitment from the Glendale City Council. They need a number on paper. They say they need $15 million annually.
One must take middle-of-the-night Tweets with a few grains of salt, but Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos was up when I am (i.e. the middle of the night) reporting that the Phoenix Coyotes' situation will remain "status quo" for the foreseeable future:
Hearing Glendale council will not approve 15M cash demand by RSE group 2 manage #Coyotes arena. RSE asked for 15M...