The Edmonton Oilers have hired Dave Tippett as the team’s new head coach.
Tippett’s hiring marks the first significant move by Oilers general manager Ken Holland, who was hired earlier this month.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports Tippett is signed for just under $3 million per season with the Oilers.
Tippett most recently coached the Arizona Coyotes from 2009-17 and has a career 553-413-28-120 record over 1,114 career games behind the bench with the Dallas Stars and Coyotes. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year with the Coyotes during the 2009-10 season.
He spent this past season as a senior adviser for Seattle’s expansion franchise. "As one of our first hires, Dave Tippett has been instrumental in forming the blueprint for our hockey operations in Seattle," said NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke in a statement. Coaching is his passion, and this is a great opportunity for Dave to return to the bench. Dave will always be a great friend to our organization. We wish him well in Edmonton."
"Dave brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the organization," Holland said in a statement. "He is a great communicator and has consistently led teams known for their level of compete. I look forward to seeing Dave guide the Oilers this fall and we are all excited to have him on board."
The 57-year-old native of Moosomin, Sask., spent 721 games as a player in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, recording 93 goals and 169 assists for 262 points.
The Oilers fired head coach Todd McLellan in November of this season after a 9-10-1 start and was replaced by Ken Hitchcock for the duration of the 2018-19 campaign.
Edmonton finished with a 35-38-9 record, missing the playoffs for a second straight season.