Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/20/13
Dave and Wendy Tippett had coffee on their porch on a perfect Monday morning in the Valley. It wasnt the calm before Tippetts typically busy day. My wife looked at me and said, 'So what are we doing? Tippett said. For once, the Coyotes coach had no answer. Back from a stint as an assistant coach for Canada at the IIHF World Championships, Tippett is experiencing some rare down time while he, like an entire city, waits to see what happens in the Coyotes ownership saga. Normally, wed go back to Minnesota and get the dogs up there where its a little cooler, Tippett said, but weve got this house thats supposed to be finished in the early part of July here, and all the uncertainty about the team, so I think well just stay in a holding pattern until the end of June and see how things work out. Tippett flew home over the weekend after Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinals in a shootout loss to eventual champ Sweden. The plan is to meet with general manager Don Maloney on Wednesday to catch up on whats been happening in the Valley, but hell also be working on a synopsis of his time in Stockholm. The whole experience is really interesting, just working with different coaches and seeing their different ways of doing things, he said. There are definitely things you can learn, and obviously you get to meet players, interact with players and see their strengths and weaknesses. In some cases, the trip was even valuable for scouting. Especially on the teams with players you dont know, Tippett said. Switzerland had some good players that arent NHL players, people who catch your eye and you wonder if they can contribute to a hockey team. Were always looking for hockey players. Tippett doesnt take much of a role for the Coyotes in the NHL Draft each June, leaving that largely to the scouts, Maloney and assistant GM Brad Treliving. So once he returns from a wedding in Minneapolis early next month, hell be waiting anxiously to see what happens on a number of fronts, like the NHL's ongoing search for an owner, upcoming free agency (including his own and Maloneys) and the draft. Thats the good thing about working at the World Championships, Tippett said, chuckling. You dont have time to think about anything else. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter
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