According to Sportsnet, today at 1pm during a press conference, Dave Tippett will be named as the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.
Tippett’s hiring comes just three weeks after the Oilers hired Ken Holland as general manager and president of hockey operations.
The 57-year-old will bring a wealth of coaching experience with him to Edmonton, where he will serve as the 16th bench boss in franchise history. He previously coached the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes from 2009-10 through 2016-17. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in his first season with the Coyotes and guided them to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his first three seasons. In 2012 the Coyotes made it to the Western Conference Final but lost to the Kings. Tippett went 553-413-120 with 28 ties in 14 seasons as coach of the Coyotes and Dallas Stars, who qualified for the playoffs five times during his six seasons.
As for the Oilers they finished the season 35-38-9, 11 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference, despite having two of the top four scorers in the NHL, forwards Connor McDavid (116 points; 41 goals, 75 assists) and Leon Draisaitl (105 points; 50 goals, 55 assists).