Dave Tippett agrees to contract extension with Coyotes, according to report

Harry How

Dave Tippett has agreed in principle to a contract extension with the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Phoenix Coyotes have come to terms on a contract extension with head coach Dave Tippett, according to multiple reports on Friday morning.

Craig Morgan of FoxSports Arizona was the first to report that Tippett and general manager Don Maloney had come to terms on a new agreement. Elliotte Friedman of CBC reports that the extension is five years in length and has been approved by the NHL. Tippett has not signed the contract yet, but he has agreed in principle.

One of the reported sticking points of Tippett remaining with the franchise had to do with the team's unstable ownership situation. However, that apparently was not a factor for Tippett and he will remain with the franchise regardless of their potential relocation, according to Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com.

Morgan reports that Tippett's negotiation with the Coyotes was held up by legal issues and the league's approval. Those issues have apparently been resolved. What remains unresolved is the team's future in Phoenix. It's believed that the coming days could have significant ramifications on whether the franchise will remain in Phoenix.

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