Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 6/21/13
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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. His contract was due to expire on June 30. It should be noted that a new deal for Tippett doesn't necessarily mean the City of Glendale is set to approve a new lease agreement with RSE. If the deal fails, Seattle has been rumored as a possible Plan B. Tippetts oldest daughter, Nicole, lives there and has two sons. That would make Seattle a very attractive option for Tippett and his wife, Wendy. A big plus in Phoenixs favor is the working relationship Tippett has with general manager Don Maloney, a bullet point that tends to get overlooked when outsiders evaluate Tippetts options. "That relationship is one of the most important for a coach," Tippett said at the press conference for Maloneys new contract last month. "But its not just Don I enjoy working with here. Its (COO) Mike Nealy, its (recently re-signed assistant GM) Brad (Treliving), its the other coaches, its Shane Doan and the players. "Its a good situation as far as all that is concerned." Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter In four seasons as coach, Tippett has led the Coyotes to a 156-96-41 record, with the three highest point totals in franchise history and the deepest playoff run in franchise history when the team advanced in 2012 to the Western Conference finals, where it fell to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Check back later for more details.
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