Sometimes you have realize that what you have is better than what you can get. The Phoenix Coyotes made a smart move late last week when they agreed to a five-year contract extension with head coach Dave Tippett. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in Tippett’s four seasons with the team, but he has built up enough goodwill to deserve the extension.
The problem with the team this season wasn’t Tippett. It was more the players, and you can point at goaltender Mike Smith as one of the biggest disappointments. Tippett is 156-96-42 over his four seasons for the Coyotes and when you can find any coach that is 60 games over the .500 mark, you don’t get rid of them.
I’m sure a change or two will happen between now and the beginning of next season, but I’m sure Tippett will be able to lead this team back to the playoffs again.
I would want to see some more offense out of the team during the 2013-14 season but they can only do so much with what is on the ice. That shouldn’t be Tippett’s problem to solve. They can only send the players out to play, and he can’t do the scoring or goaltending. The move is one that Phoenix will be very happy about when they make a run towards a Stanley Cup one of these days.