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Edmonton Oilers Hire Tippett as Head Coach

The Edmonton Oilers named Dave Tippett as their 16th head coach in franchise history. Both Tippett and the Oilers agreed to a three-year deal. He will replace former interim coach Ken Hitchcock. This is the first hiring for Ken Holland, who was hired as general manager and president of hockey operations on May 7.

Tippett’s Resume

Tippett, 57, coached 14 seasons for the Dallas Stars and Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, with a total record of 553-413-120 and 28 ties. He coached the Stars for six seasons and reached the playoffs for five times, including a Western Conference Final appearance in 2008.

In 2009-2010, Tippett joined the Coyotes and won the Jack Adams Award. He led the Coyotes to the playoffs in his first three seasons. The biggest accomplishment was when the Coyotes reached the Western Conference Final in 2012 against the Los Angeles Kings. After that season the Coyotes did not make it to the playoffs in Tippett’s last five seasons.

Edmonton Offseason Expectations

Before joining Edmonton, the Seattle franchise hired Tippett on June 18, 2018, to be their senior advisor. The Oiler’s head coaching job was more attractive and took the offer. This leaves a senior advisor position vacant. The Seattle franchise will debut in the NHL for the 2021-2022 season.  

Edmonton finished the season second to last in the Western Conference with a 35-38-9 record. It should excite Tippett to work with two 100-point scorers in Connor McDavid (116 points; 41 goals, 75 assists) and Leon Draisaitl (105 points; 50 goals, 55 assists). Expect Edmonton to be one of the most active offseason teams in the NHL. They need to add more defense and depth to provide more support for McDavid and Draisaitl. This year they hold the No.8 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Level Draft. 

 

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