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Poll: Is Dave Tippett on the hot seat?

Aug 10, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

Dave Tippett AP

Would it be unreasonable to say that Arizona Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett is on the hot seat going into the 2014-15 campaign?

On the one hand, Tippett is a highly regarded coach that won the Jack Adams Award in 2010 and led the small market Coyotes to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons on the job. He also guided them to their first ever trip to the conference finals in 2012. On top of all that, Tippett signed a five-year contract extension in 2013.

He certainly wouldn’t be the first bench boss to get fired with years left on his agreement though. Coaches are judged on what they’ve done lately and their fall from grace can be hard and fast. The Coyotes have failed to make the playoffs for two straight seasons and GM Don Maloney recently suggested that “maybe we got a little complacent with people being here too long.”

He was talking about the lack of hunger in the group and was likely referring to the players and not Tippett, but if the team isn’t sufficiently energized then that reflects on the coach.

None of this is to suggest that Tippett is on the brink of getting fired, but if the Coyotes have another bad season, would that be enough to cost him his job?

  1. jacketsfan7 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Consuela says no
    But me say yes

  2. alicesrightfootesq - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Not even close. Who is Phoenix going to get that’s better than him?

  3. luz56 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    He’s the only reason they are doing as well as they are.. Limited talent, limited payroll… He’s the MVP of the team

  4. 19inarow - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    So Maloney said, ““maybe we got a little complacent with people being here too long.” Who’s been there longer than him?

  5. chanceoffleury - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Really it’s amazing Arizona has done as well as they have in recent years when you look at their lineup. No superstars or big names plus all the drama of never knowing whether they’re gonna have to pick up their lives and move across the country the next year. But if Arizona wants to point the finger at Tippett, I’m sure many teams will be ready to provide him with a nice, new contract to dry his tears with.

  6. dayno66 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Get Tippet on a legit team that doesn’t operate on a shoe string budget and he’ll win a cup. If the yotes fire him it’ll be the biggest mistake. Then again they probably wanna suck so the owners can move the franchise….

  7. phxyotes - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    If anyone should be on the hot seat it should be Maloney. His old school tactics in a new school league have done nothing to improve this teams roster.

  8. stakex - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I agree that Tippett is one of the few bright spots the Coyotes have going for them. They play in a touch conference, don’t have a great roster, and no matter who is behind the bench it will be a stretch for them to make the playoffs.

    None of that really matters though. If this team gets off to a bad start, its possible Tippett could be fired. Not saying it would be the right call, because it wouldn’t be, but that’s how things work in the NHL. The GM needs to blame someone when things aren’t going well, and he can’t fire all the players…. so firing the coach is his only real option to take the heat off himself. Will that happen here? Probably not…. but its possible.

  9. mikdavfle - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Tippett shouldn’t be on the hot seat. The ownership made it clear that they wanted Tippett as head coach when they were working on buying the team and being the best team to miss the playoffs last season won’t change that.

  10. goyotesgo11 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Tippett has pulled rabbits from his hat, considering this team had no superstars to carry them. They really go with the “pack” mentality. Maloney needs to take responsibility for blowing so much money on Reibero, and now must pay off his huge contract over the next six years. Now, without signing any big free agents, and keeping someone like Hanzel, who hasn’t produced, doesn’t play many games due to injuries. I don’t see how this roster will compete with the newly improved western conference. Tippett should be fine if they make the playoffs. If they don’t trade Hanzal, perhaps Yandle will get traded to bring some offense to this low scoring team. If Smith has another average year, then Tippett may be using a different zip code…hope not he’s a talented coach whom they need to succeed.

  11. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    When will the NHL world finally face up to the reality that this a totally unsustainable market?

    The objective reality – metropolitian sizes to actual NHL attendance.


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