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Dave Tippett | Center

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (53) / 8/25/1961
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 180
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The Arizona Coyotes will be affiliated with the Springfield Falcons in 2015-16.
The Coyotes' old affiliate, the Portland Pirates, are now affiliated with the Florida Panthers instead. "We are very pleased to partner with the Springfield Falcons," said Coyotes GM Don Maloney. "Springfield is one of the best hockey markets in the AHL and a great environment to develop our top prospects. We’re looking forward to a great relationship with the Falcons." This might be a short-term arrangement as Springfield, Massachusetts is obviously far away from Arizona. Apr 17 - 12:54 PM

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The stakes are high for the Arizona Coyotes going into the NHL draft lottery on Saturday.

The same could be said for the Buffalo Sabres and basically every other lottery team too, but Arizona's situation is still unique. The team has an ownership group in place trying to make hockey work in Glendale, but they also have a window to relocate the team should they chose to provided the Coyotes lose $50 million over five years from when IceArizona bought the team. It's hard to expand the team's fanbase though when it's struggling just to make the playoffs, but getting Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the draft would create a lot of interest in the franchise as both players are seen as generational talents. The Coyotes could pick as high as first or as low as third depending on the outcome of the lottery.
Apr 17 - 10:37 AM

The Arizona Coyotes are planning on setting a budget that will allow them to be competitive in 2015-16.

"We're saying, 'Don, come to us and tell us what you need to be competitive, to be a playoff-contending team this coming season and at the same time, make sure we're still doing the right things to build a Stanley Cup-contending team down the road,'" said Anthony LeBlanc, the team president, CEO and co-owner. Given how thin the upcoming free agent market is, it would be somewhat surprising if Coyotes GM Don Maloney constructed a playoff team for the 2015-16 campaign. Arizona is likely too far behind to close that gap that quickly. That being said, the Coyotes impressive pool of prospects gives the team a reason to be optimistic in the long term.
Apr 15 - 9:05 AM

The Arizona Coyotes will finish 29th overall in the NHL this season.

The Coyotes had an outside shot of finishing 30th and last in the league but needed the Sabres to pick up at least three points in their final two games while they suffered a regulation loss to Anaheim on Saturday. Well, the Sabres dropped a 4-2 decision to Columbus Friday, ending the chance of the Coyotes finishing last overall and guaranteeing themselves the chance to draft either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. The lottery for the first overall pick will be held on April 18 with the Coyotes holding a 13.5 percent chance of winning and jumping over the Sabres.
Apr 11 - 4:54 AM

This will go down as the worst season to date for the Coyotes since they moved to Arizona.

With a 24-47-8 record, Arizona will post a personal all-time low in terms of points over the course of a full season. If you're inclined to include their campaigns when they were still in Winnipeg though, then it's an entirely different story. The old Winnipeg Jets once went 9-57-14 back in 1980-81 to make even the modern Buffalo Sabres look good. Of course, Winnipeg was just in its second season of existence, so it deserves a bit of slack because of that.
Apr 7 - 9:04 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have been held to one goal or less in nine of their last 11 games.

It should come as no surprise that the Coyotes have only one victory over that span. To limit the sample size to 11 contests though actually undersells just how bad Arizona has been. The last time the Coyotes won a game in anything other than a shootout was back on Feb. 3. Starting with Feb. 10, Arizona has a 1-17-1 record. That total collapse has allowed the Coyotes to nearly close the gap with Buffalo in the battle for 30th place in the league. The Coyotes have 50 points in 73 games while Buffalo has 47 points in 72 contests. The two squads will play on March 26 and March 30.
Mar 23 - 9:02 AM

The Arizona Coyotes were shutout for the 10th time this season on Monday.

This time it was the Los Angeles Kings who took advantage of the Coyotes. This is the most times Arizona has been shutout in a single season since moving from Winnipeg. Including its time as the Winnipeg Jets, Arizona's franchise worst is 13 shutouts against in 1979-80.
Mar 17 - 10:39 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have had plenty of difficulty scoring of late as they have only 19 goals in their last 15 games.

That is pretty bad and it's no wonder they are 1-13-1 in the 15 games with their only win coming in a shootout. The Coyotes do have some help coming next season with Max Domi and Anthony Duclair coming up from junior and if they ever get Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel, their problems could eventually be over.
Mar 15 - 6:51 AM

The Arizona Coyotes lost $34.8 million in the 2014 fiscal year.

The numbers are not that bad because there were a couple of extraordinary losses in that amount. The Coyotes spent $7.7 million on legal fees due to new team ownership while the buyout of Mike Ribeiro cost almost $10.5 million. The actual loss was $16.5 million. The bad news is that the Coyotes have a clause in their arena deal that allows them to move should they accumulate $50 million in losses over five seasons. They are already close.
Mar 14 - 4:46 AM

Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney took responsibility for his team's shortcomings over the last three seasons.

The Coyotes made it to the Eastern Conference Final in 2012, but they haven't made the playoffs since. "I'm the guy responsible for this disaster of a season," Maloney said. "I can't hide from it. I'm most responsible. We ran to the semifinals and we signed some guys that didn't work. The reality of that team was, we hit on a hot goaltender, and there's something to be said for having a great coach and a great goalie. You can do some damage. But it's not sustainable. We were trying to scratch and claw our way to the playoffs." In recognition of that, Maloney has shifted his focus towards rebuilding the Coyotes. He took a significant step towards that end when he dealt Keith Yandle to the Rangers in exchange for, in part, prospect Anthony Duclair and a 2016 first-round pick.
Mar 9 - 8:37 AM

Former Coyotes player Jeremy Roenick thinks getting Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft would fundamentally change the state of the Arizona franchise.

"They're organization changers," Roenick said. "They immediately bring attention and credibility to your team. Connor McDavid is the best thing since Sidney Crosby some say and he's as good if not better than Sidney Crosby coming out of junior. You've seen what Sidney Crosby has done in Pittsburgh and what Patrick Kane has done in Chicago. That's what happens. Look at what Alex Ovechkin did in Washington. Connor McDavid is that type of player. I think Jack Eichel is very close to him. Connor McDavid is still the best player, but if the Coyotes can get one of them, it's a franchise changer." McDavid or Eichel would have a tougher time selling hockey in the desert than Crosby or Ovechkin have in Pittsburgh and Washington respectively. However, it is certainly true that drafting either McDavid or Eichel would attract a lot of outside attention to Arizona at the very least. Arizona currently ranks 28th in the league, but it might slip lower before the season's over.
Mar 5 - 9:17 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have matched their franchise record with their 10th consecutive loss on Tuesday.

Coyotes fell 4-1 to Anaheim. The silver lining for Arizona is that this recent slump has improved the chances that the Coyotes will land Connor McDavid in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That being said, even after losing 10 straight games, Arizona is still a point ahead of the 29th place Edmonton Oilers and four points better than the last place Buffalo Sabres.
Mar 4 - 4:37 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have now lost eight straight games.

At this point, Arizona is just one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers and 29th place in the NHL. Dropping to 29th overall would be big because it would significantly increase the Coyotes chances of getting Connor McDavid in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and put them in the running for Jack Eichel (assuming Eichel is locked in as the second overall pick). Getting either one of them would provide the Coyotes with a potential franchise player they can build around and create some much needed buzz for the team.
Feb 27 - 10:48 AM

The Arizona Coyotes lost their seventh straight game at home on Saturday, dropping a 5-1 decision to the New York Rangers.

The Coyotes started the season winning four of six at home but are only 5-13-4 since then. It's not a great way to keep the fan base interested.
Feb 15 - 5:04 AM

Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett feels that the team's veteran leadership has been part of the issue this season.

"Especially when you have a lot of young guys in your lineup," Tippett said. "You want to make sure your young guys are getting drug along by the veteran leadership. Everybody talks about adding young guys to your lineup, but you better have good people around your young guys, otherwise your young guys are going to flounder. (The veterans) have to do their job. They can't just be a nice guy off the ice. They have to actually do the job and be respected on the ice." Tippett didn't name names, but given his tendency to praise Shane Doan, he probably wasn't targeting the Coyotes' captain. Arizona is 16-21-4 this season and is very unlikely to get back into the playoff race.
Jan 13 - 10:24 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Martin Hanzal
2Kyle Chipchura
3Mark Arcobello
4Joe Vitale
5Craig Cunningham
6Henrik Samuelsson
LW1Mikkel Boedker
2Lauri Korpikoski
3Martin Erat
4Tye McGinn
5Tobias Rieder
RW1Shane Doan
2Sam Gagner
3B.J. Crombeen
4David Moss
5Jordan Szwarz
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Michael Stone
3Connor Murphy
4John Moore
5Andrew Campbell
6Klas Dahlbeck
G1Mike Smith
2Louis Domingue