Phoenix Coyotes keep their coach

June 21, 2013

The Phoenix Coyotes will be keeping their coach, even as their ownership situation remains in flux. Dave Tippett has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the team. The Coyotes have made the playoffs three times in his four seasons as coach.

In a statement, Tippett says he’s “thrilled to stay with the Coyotes,” and the team has scheduled a Monday news conference for him to discuss his new deal.

The National Hockey League has owned the Coyotes since 2009, when the league bought the team in Bankruptcy Court. After a series of failed attempts, the NHL has agreed to sell the team to Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, a group headed by Canadian investors. That deal, however, is contingent on a new lease agreement with Glendale, which owns Arena, where the team plays.

The Glendale city council met in executive session Friday to discuss a lease proposal.