BOSTON -- Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said legal language issues and the state of the franchise and where it will be located next season are holding up his ability to sign Head Coach Dave Tippett to an extension.
"It's the comfort that he rightly deserves, where he's going to be coaching next year," Maloney said Wednesday after the NHL general managers met prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. "That's important and I get it. He's a very wanted commodity."
Tippett's contract expires June 30, and Maloney said his hope is to have a new deal in place by that date because he doesn't want to risk losing Tippett to another team.
"I firmly believe if it got to July there would be more than the remaining one or two jobs that are open now," Maloney said. "I'm hopeful we can get something done with 'Tip' sooner rather than later. That's hopefully before July 1. That's my hope, but no guarantees."
Maloney said he has had conversations with the agent for goalie Mike Smith (Kurt Overhardt), but the uncertainty around Tippett and the coaching staff is what is holding up a potential contract extension. Smith is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
"We've had regular communication and I said to him, once we know that everybody is back, then we can realistically say if we're playing here, here or here, this is the staff that will be coaching you," Maloney said of Smith. "He's important to us and let's see if there is a deal there that makes sense."
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