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Coyotes sign coach Dave Tippett, clarify part of Phoenix picture

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Coach Dave Tippett signed an extension with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Dave Tippett’s continuing presence lends stability to the Coyotes franchise, no matter where it plays. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

There was a sense heading into this summer that Dave Tippett would not sign an extension with the Phoenix Coyotes until he knew that the franchise was on solid ground.

Either he knows something we don’t, or his decision ultimately came down to the people, not the place.

Tippett surprised the hockey world this morning by agreeing to an unconditional five-year deal to remain as head coach for the franchise no matter where it plays over that span.

It was an interesting decision, but even more interesting timing. Negotiations to keep the team in Phoenix under new ownership are approaching a league-mandated deadline of July 2, and another couple of days might have told the story. More compelling, though, was that his name was in the mix for several high-profile openings, even though he would not be available to interview until his contract expired on June 30. But when two of those positions — New York and Dallas — were filled within the last 48 hours, Tippett likely weighed his options and decided the grass couldn’t be any greener than where he was.

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  • Published On Jun 21, 2013
  • Dallas Stars dismiss coach Glen Gulutzan

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    The Dallas Stars fired coach Glen Gulutzan

    There was never a sense of what kind of team Glen Gulutzan’s Stars was supposed to be. (Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    The Dallas Stars are in the market for a new head coach.

    Glen Gulutzan, who’d manned the bench for the past two seasons, had a third year on his contract at the team’s option. New general manager Jim Nill informed him today that the team would not extend the option.

    Although it took a little longer than was expected, the decision to go in a new direction didn’t catch anyone by surprise. After five straight playoff DNQs, including both years under Gulutzan, the Stars are a team in the midst of a significant organizational shakeup. Nill was brought in last month to replace Joe Nieuwendyk and tasked with not just changing the makeup of the team, but the culture of the franchise.

    Part of that has to be establishing an identity. Gulutzan’s hands were tied there by the mixed bag of players he was handed, but there was never a sense of what this team was supposed to be under his watch. Like a lot of the youngsters on his roster, he might not have been seasoned enough for this level of play.

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  • Published On May 14, 2013


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