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.