Former UND forward Dave Tippett has signed a five-year contract to remain as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Tippett’s contract was up and there was a lot of buzz surrounding him and other open coaching jobs around the NHL, but he ultimately decided to stay with the same organization.
Whether he will actually be coaching in Phoenix is another issue.
The NHL is threatening to move the Coyotes if they don’t have a local owner in a couple of weeks. The NHL has owned the team for the last few seasons.
According to a report, Tippett has an out in his contract if he does not like a new situation (city, arena, etc.).
Tippett, who recently won a Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year, has led the Coyotes to three playoff appearances in four seasons with the team. Phoenix had a seven-year playoff drought before his arrival.