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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tippett Gone

It is being reported that former Houston Aeros head coach Dave Tippett has been fired by the Dallas Stars. Tippett has coached the Stars for the past six seasons, and he came to the Stars from the Los Angeles Kings, where he was an assistant coach. The Stars missed the playoffs this season for the first time since the team moved to Dallas. Tippett coached the Aeros to the 1999 IHL Turner Cup.


CW said...

Hey, wasn't sure where to post this and I think it's relevant so here goes.

Early reports in the UK suggest that Toronto and Hamilton are traveling to Scotland this September to play a few games against Belfast and Edinburgh. Very exciting this side of the pond of course, probably not so much on yours.

Here's the link http://www.icehockeyshomecoming.com/

Ms. Conduct said...

Color me surprised. I didn't feel like the failings of that team had much at all to do with coaching. And when they were healthy and 'un-Avery'd' last season, they were incredible.

Personality or other clashes maybe at work here?

Forecheck said...

As I posted elsewhere, my opinion of the Stars has just taken a significant hit. How do you fire a guy for things that are not his fault?

John Royal said...

Well, I hate to disagree with Ms. Conduct and Forecheck, but the team has a new GM, and the new GM has the right to have his own people running the team. Just like, no matter how good a job Tom Lynn and KC did with the Aeros this year, Chuck Fletcher has the right to bring his own people to run the team should he desire.

Forecheck said...

Well, let's see here - - you fire Tippett for losing, and replace him with someone else who was fired for losing somewhere else.

That makes soooo much sense!

Ms. Conduct said...

I'm not saying he doesn't have the right. I have the right to go upstairs and jump off my third story balcony but that doesn't make it the smart thing to do.

Tip's a good, successful coach by everything I've seen. You don't just throw good coaches out on their butts for no good reason. Which is why I think there's more to this story than we know.

Frankly, I hope he gets added to the list in Minnesota. I'll bet every coachless team in the league is on the phone to that guy.

John Royal said...

I doubt Tippet is being added to the Wild contact list. From what I've read, Fletcher seems to have a pretty set list that isn't changing. He's just waiting for the Pens/Red Wings to end so he can officially talk to their assistant coaches.

And I still stand behind my comment. I don't care how good Tippet might have been. The new GM should be allowed to bring in to coach whoever he wants. Frankly, any GM who comes into the job and is forced to keep the coach hired by the guy he replaced should not be allowed to be a GM.

Fred Trask said...

I feel like Tip was kind of a victim here but the bottom line is the buck stops at the head coach. Hopefully this means he will be getting a fresh start and a paycheck next season (considering the problems that may be in store in Dallas with Hicks) Good luck Tip, you're one of the good ones!

Ms. Conduct said...

I'm not disagreeing with you, John. I agree he has the right and absolutely, if he feels the coach in place isn't not the best man for the job, he should try and do better.

But the name they're throwing around as the first person they want to talk to is Marc Crawford... is he better than Tip? No freaking way.

I dunno. I'm just saying if I'm coming in as a new GM, I'm grateful to have a guy like Tip in place so I can focus on other stuff like not spending all season bumping my head on the salary cap, signing a back up goalie for Turco, etc. etc. That team's got a ton to do this off-season and replacing the coach wouldn't have been anywhere on that to-do list for me.