Dave Tippett to stay with Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes know who their coach will be for the next five years. If the team is still in Phoenix for that long is another question entirely.

Dave Tippett, who has spent the last four seasons in the desert, has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal to remain the head man for Phoenix. Although the contract hasn’t been officially signed, it is expected to be done soon.

Tippett and GM Don Maloney addressed the media on Monday, with the coach expressing excitement to remain with the team.

“I am thrilled to stay with the Coyotes. Don has done a very good job of assembling a great staff and group of players here, and I like the direction we are headed,” he said in a statement to USA Today.

In his four seasons with Phoenix, Tippett’s record is 156-96-42, ranking him as the second winningest coach in franchise history. The team has made the playoffs three times in his four seasons, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2012, although they failed to qualify this past season. He was awarded the Jack Adams Coach of the Year award in 2009-10, as the Coyotes amassed 107 points that season.

“For four years we’ve been telling our players to be patient and be loyal and hang in there. I don’t think that would have sent the right message if I decided to jump ship now,” Tippett said to Arizona Central sports.

He has proven his loyalty to the organization and players, now it’s time to bring back the results and attempt to bring the Stanley Cup to Arizona for the first time.

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