GLENDALE - Back from the World Cup of Hockey, Head Coach Dave Tippett made his on-ice training camp debut on Saturday and supervised the three practices at Gila River Arena.
"It's good to be back," said Tippett, who served as an assistant coach for Team North America until it was bumped from the World Cup. "It's been a long summer and we put a lot of work in this summer. It's exciting to get going and to see if some of the planning or some of the changes we've made are going to work out like we hope."
The Coyotes have one more day of camp before starting their preseason schedule with two split-squad games vs. Los Angeles on Monday. To better prepare, 40 of the players at camp will be divided into two teams for a scrimmage on Sunday at noon.
Tippett said the goals of the scrimmage are to help all of the players to stop playing at "summer speed" and to give the prospects and tryout players a chance to play their way into one of Monday's preseason games.
Fans are invited to attend Sunday's scrimmage free of charge.
• Center Dylan Strome was one of the final players trimmed from the roster at last year's training camp, but Tippett said that doesn't mean Strome ranks ahead of the other prospects looking to make the team at this year's camp.
"He starts with everybody else," Tippett said of Strome, whom Arizona drafted third overall in 2015. "He hasn't played in the NHL yet and he has to come in and earn a job. I think he'll be better this year because of the experience he had last year. We didn't know what to expect and he came in and played well. He's going to have to take it to another level this year. I think he's put good work in this summer and he's capable of it, but that will be determined in the games that he plays."
Strome practiced with Team A on the first two days of camp and centered a line with wingers Anthony Duclair and Jamie McGinn.
• Right wing Radim Vrbata isn't sure with whom he'll play once the season begins but he'd welcome a reunion with center Martin Hanzal. The two Czechs are good friends and were linemates before Vrbata left for Vancouver after the 2013-14 season.
Some have suggested that left wing Max Domi would be a nice fit on a line with Hanzal and Vrbata should the Czechs be reunited.
"That would be great," Vrbata said. "Obviously we (he and Hanzal) played together before for six years. With Max, when I was watching him last year and what he can do out there, that's pretty impressive, so that would be something that would be interesting."
• Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Team Sweden) and forward Tobias Rieder (Team Europe) remain at the World Cup of Hockey. Their teams will square off in a semi-final on Sunday at 10 a.m. (Arizona time) in Toronto. The game can be seen on ESPN.
• Tippett said defensemen Alex Goligoski and Michael Stone are both on "baby watch" and are expected to leave the team at some point during camp to be with their wives as they give birth.
• Monday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena will be an Arizona Coyotes Foundation charity game with all net proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. The game can be heard on the Coyotes Radio Network starting at 7 p.m.