GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With the final chapter of the ownership saga of the Phoenix Coyotes drawing to a close, coach Dave Tippett talked Monday about his new five-year contract extension, knowing full well that soon he won't have to answer any more ownership questions.
Tippett said he is confident prospective owners from Renaissance Sports and Entertainment can put the finishing touches on a new lease agreement with the city of Glendale to keep the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.
Tippett said he has family in Seattle, which has been mentioned as a possible new home if the deal falls through. Either way, his focus will stay the same: keeping his team successful and competitive on the ice.
Once general manager Don Maloney and assistant GM Brad Treliving signed long-term contract extensions, and assistant coaches Jim Playfair and Sean Burke reached deals to stay, Tippett decided to turn away from the prospect of free agency and other coaching openings to stick with the Coyotes.