Thursday, June 22, 2017

Coyotes Are Now Without Coach and Captain

The Arizona Coyotes dysfunctional family got smaller by one man on Thursday evening as the club announced that head coach Dave Tippett would not be returning. Tippett's departure comes just a week after the team told their captain Shane Doan that he would not be offered a contract for the 2017-18 season.

Tippett coached the Coyotes from 2009-10 to 2016-17, and guided Arizona to its first playoff series win and its first Conference Final.

“On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Tip for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization,” said Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway in a statement. “Tip is a man of high character and we are very grateful for his leadership during his tenure as our head coach. Ultimately, we have some philosophical differences on how to build our team. Therefore, we mutually agreed that it is in everyone’s best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward.”

In his first year with the club, Tippett led the team to a 50-25-7 record and their first playoff birth in eight seasons. Tippett won the Jack Adams Award as the best coach in the NHL that season. He later guided Arizona to the Western Conference Final in 2011-12.

Tippet was also the Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Coyotes. He is being offered a structured buyout from the Coyotes.

According to Coyotes insider Craig Morgan, Tippett was not on the same page as club management about the trade that sent Mike Smith to Calgary, as well as the handling of Shane Doan's last days as a Coyote.

As it stands now, the Coyotes and 28-year-old general manager John Chayka have a lot of work to do. Team owner Andrew Barroway bought out the rest of the team's minority owners in early June and now owns the team outright. But the Coyotes problems are not just on the ice or behind the bench. The orgnanization's current lease deal in Glendale is up after next season, so there will be tense negotiations and the threat of moving the club to another part of Arizona or out of the area entirely. According to Forbes, the team loses about $8 million annually and is valued at about $240 million.