In their press conference yesterday, Gary Bettman and Bill Daly said that it’s possible the Phoenix Coyotes will not play in Phoenix next season and would relocate.
Daly noted that the ball is in the City of Glendale’s hands in terms of moving forward with a group that the league has negotiated a deal with.
The city of Glendale is meeting on June 25 and the NHL is having a Board of Governors meeting on June 27th and the future of the team could be decided that week.
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett is waiting to see what decision is made before deciding to stay with the Coyotes.
He has said that he wants to stay in Phoenix but if the team isn’t there he may look at other options.
Don Maloney, Coyotes GM, has not been granting permission to teams who ask to speak with Tippett.
In the Daily News, Pat Leonard notes that Glen Sather should call his old assistant GM and ask again for permission since the situation of where the team will be playing is not any clearer.
Tippett’s contract expires on June 30.
THIS SECTION is all about Tippett.
In the Arizona Republic, Sarah McLellan spoke with Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett about his future.
Tippett’s contract expires at the end of this month and he and GM Don Maloney are waiting to see what develops with the Coyotes ownership situation.
He said that he hasn’t thought about moving yet and while he would like to take the Coyotes to the next level, the team is going to need actual owners to do that.
McLellan writes that dating back to Tippett’s time with the Dallas Stars, when he had players like Mike Modano, Brenden Morrow, Sergei Zubov, Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro, Loui Eriksson, Jason Arnott and Bill Guerin, he has preferred a system of strong defense but more importantly a system where “everybody has to be part of the equation.”
Tippett told McLellan that he is an optimist and hoping to see it work out with the Coyotes.
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At CBC, Elliotte Friedman wrote yesterday that there is some thought that Glen Sather will take a little bit of time and wait to see what happens with Dave Tippett and the Coyotes before settling on a head coach.
Friedman writes that Sather thinks highly of Tippett and would be content to have him or Alain Vigneault become head coach of the Rangers.
Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett’s contract with the team expires at the end of this month, 6/30.
Phoenix GM Don Maloney said that his goal is to sign Tippett to a contract extension and told ESPN NY that he isn’t allowing any team the chance to talk with Tippett before his contract expires.
Glen Sather said earlier in the week that he hopes to have a new coach in place by at least the NHL Draft.
The Rangers organizational meetings in California are slated to begin on June 10th according to Strang.
Tippett interviewed with Glen Sather for the Rangers opening in 2002.
2:42PM: Bob McKenzie says that although Vigneault didn’t interview for the job in 2002, he was on the Rangers short list of coaches they wanted to hire. They hired Bryan Trottier.
1:51PM: Bruce Garrioch tweets that Vigneualt is likely the top candidate and that Rick Browness is likely the top choice as assistant coach.
1:46PM: Bob McKenzie tweets that Vigneault and Ruff are the highest profile coaches available for the Rangers.
1:29PM: Dave Tippett, whose contract with the Coyotes runs out on June 30, was a candidate to be Rangers coach in the past and interviewed with Glen Sather.
1:26PM: Elliotte Friedman writes “There is some history with Glen Sather and Alain Vigneault. Believe AV interviewed for NYR job before it went to Bryan Trottier”
1:23PM: According to John Vogl of the Buffalo News, the Rangers job is the one that Lindy Ruff has had at the top of his wish list and that the Rangers are the team that he wants to coach.
Ruff played for the Rangers from 1988 to 1991.
Renaud Lavoie of RDS tweets that Alain Vigneault is also going to be a candidate for the position.
Both Ruff and Vigneault are possible coaches in Dallas.
1:05PM: Bruce Garrioch writes that Jim Schoenfeld may be the front-runner to become Rangers coach.
Schoenfeld has previously turned down the Rangers coaching position to stay as an assistant coach and in his management role.
The Rangers hired Brian Trottier in June 2002 to follow Ron Low and lead the Rangers in a new direction.
Trottier however was not the Glen Sather’s first choice to succeed Low.
This is a search through the NY Post to follow the Rangers journey from Low to Trottier.
CLICK HERE to see the Rangers 2002 coaching search through the archives of the Daily News.
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Following his second straight season leading the Rangers, Ron Low was not retained as head coach in the spring of 2002.
At the time, GM Glen Sather said to the Daily News “I think the obvious answer is that we haven’t made the playoffs in two years. I don’t think it’s just the coach’s responsibility in a situation like this. We all have to share equally in this. But in every situation, there’s someone that ends up taking the blame in these kinds of deals and it’s generally the coach that does.”
The search for a replacement started immediately and 1999 Stanley Cup winner Ken Hitchcock was at the top of the list.
Below is an account of the Rangers search for a head coach in the spring of 2002 as told through the Daily News.
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