It’s a summer of changes and new beginnings for the Arizona Coyotes.
Fans who head to Gila River Arena in Glendale this fall will notice two key figures missing: team captain and twenty-year veteran Shane Doan, and head coach Dave Tippett.
Earlier this summer, the team parted ways with Tippett, who had served as the head coach since 2009. He signed a 5-year extension last year, but the two came to the agreement to mutually go their separate ways.
Tippett’s time with the Coyotes included initial success that turned into disappointment and frustration as the team’s playoff drought drags on. In his first season with the team, the Coyotes made it to the playoffs before losing in the conference quarterfinals. The following year, in the 2010-2011 season, Tippett lead the team back to the playoffs, only to lose in the quarterfinals. The team earned a division title the next year but lost in the conference finals to the Los Angeles Kings, and they have yet to achieve a similar level of success. Their sub-par performance has frustrated fans and players who want to get back to the playoffs.
Tippett finished his Coyotes career with a 282-257-83 record.
“Ultimately, we have some philosophical differences on how to build our team. Therefore, we mutually agreed that it is in everyone’s best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward,” Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway said in a statement.
Stay up to date on the Coyotes and what to expect at Gila River Arena this fall on the official Coyotes website.