Dave Tippett has a lot of experience guiding dogs through the desert. But walking his male border collie, Ozzie, and his female red heeler, Karma, wasnt what the Coyotes coach had in mind.
I dont know if its habitual or what, but at this time of year, I always feel like I need to be somewhere, Tippett said Thursday. Now I dont.
Tippett, the rest of the Coyotes and the rest of the National Hockey League were supposed to be preparing for opening night of the regular season on Thursday. Four games were on the slate, with Phoenix due to open Saturday at home against Dallas.
Instead, Tippett is engaged in other activities to keep his mind off the NHL lockout, which has already wiped out training camp, preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season.
He flew back to Portland, Maine, recently to attend training camp for the clubs AHL affiliate. Hes also been breaking down film of the Coyotes' opponents with the coaching staff.
A lot of times during our season, were so geared t...