Its a foregone conclusion that if the owner-less Coyotes allow coach Dave Tippett to reach the end of his contract on June 30, he will have plenty of suitors.
Well, the line is already forming. Denver Post columnist Mike Chambers called Tippett a potential home-run hirewho has already been discussed for the Colorado Avalanche post. The Avs fired Joe Sacco after a third straight season without a playoff berth.
Tippett has repeatedly made it plain he wants to remain in Phoenix, where he and his wife, Wendy, just built a home. But the Coyotes continued ownership saga, and the low-budget restraints it has placed on he and soon-to-be free agent GM Don Maloney over the past four seasons have reached a boiling point because both are tired of entering each season with an undermanned roster.
We have a lot of players that work hard -- in the guts of the game, theyre good players, Tippett said recently. But at some point, we need some difference-makers.
One thing the Coyotes have always lacked...