The Phoenix Coyotes still face an uncertain future. That’s nothing new to them. Of course, within the next couple of weeks we’ll have an idea of whether or not they’ll be staying in the desert or relocating to another destination, with the most likely being Seattle at this point in time.
But while the future of the Coyotes in Glendale is up in the air, there is still a reason for this organization to be positive, as one of the key pieces of their recent success has been locked up, as head coach Dave Tippett agreed to a new contract. Though terms have yet to be disclosed, this is nothing but good new for the Coyotes.
With the hiring of Tippett back in 2009, this Coyotes organization went from a laughingstock to regular contenders in the Western Conference. The best season for the Coyotes under Tippett came in 2011-12, when they won the first playoff series in franchise history and reached the Western Conference Finals.
The Coyotes made the playoffs in each of the first three years that Tippett was in the desert, with their only absence from the postseason coming in the lockout shortened 2013, though there were a variety of factors that contributed to that, most notably some injury woes.
Tippett’s defensive system has been fantastic for this organization. It’s helped a career backup goaltender in Mike Smith emerge as one of the league’s best and has made them among the toughest teams to play against, despite having a roster that isn’t always the most talented.
One would have to imagine that if Tippett felt comfortable signing an extension, it means good news for the Coyotes as far as the ownership situation is concerned. We’ll hear more on that in the coming days/weeks, but the fact that Tippett is remaining in the fold is good news for this organization, regardless of where they eventually end up.