Coyotes Maloney Happy To Have Tippett Back

The Phoenix Coyotes made an official announcement at Arena Monday and although it may not have been the one several fans have been clamoring for over the past few years about ownership, it was definitely a big step in the right direction.

The team signed Tippett to a long-term contract extension last week, just days before his current deal was set to expire on July 1.

"I always felt fairly certain that we could find a way to make a deal," Coyotes GM Don Maloney said. "Obviously it took a little longer than maybe you would've liked because of the uncertainty surrounding the team but the good thing is that this saga is ending, fairly soon.  In Tip's case, since he's been here, he's sort of set the identity of the team.  You know who we are as a franchise, how we have to play to have success."

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