Dave Tippett played hockey in the ’70’s, ’80’s and ’90’s. When he stopped playing, he went directly into coaching and he worked his way up from the IHL to assistant coach in the NHL to head coach. He’s never won a Stanley but took a Dallas team and a Phoenix team into the third round. You can find a lot of people who are willing to tear a strip off this hire before the media avail, but I think Mr. Tippett warrants a more nuanced view.
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- New Lowetide: What will Ken Holland see in Evan Bouchard?
- New Lowetide: Does Oilers’ signing of Joakim Nygard signal a measured approach to summer 2019?
- Lowetide: Dave Tippett’s roster deployment in Arizona and what it might mean for the Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: Why Ken Holland’s worst years in Detroit tell us the most about how he’ll fare in Edmonton
- Jonathan Willis: Three offseason scenarios and how each one would affect the Oilers salary cap
- Lowetide: Examining the Oilers’ goaltending options in free agency.
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s Oilers could go the high octane procurement route but will need a driver
- Lowetide: How much can Connor Brown help the Oilers?
- Lowetide: Dmitri Samorukov is off to the Memorial Cup and is the Oilers’ fastest rising prospect
- Jonathan Willis: Craig MacTavish leaves the Oilers, signalling the first major front office change under Ken Holland
- Lowetide: What kind of coach should Ken Holland hire for the Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: Every Oilers AHL prospect, rated by how close they are to the NHL
- Jonathan Willis: A resurgent Andrej Sekera gives the Oilers much-needed defensive options
- Lowetide: Is Joe Gambardella destined to become the Oilers’ next Fernando Pisani?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Protector, supporter, confidant: Connor McDavid’s mom, Kelly, is his off-ice rock through good times and bad
- Lowetide: An offseason plan for Ken Holland to remodel the Oilers roster.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland steadfast that buck stops with him as new Oilers GM.
- Lowetide: How will Ken Holland proceed in Year 1 as Oilers general manager?
- Jonathan Willis: What does the arrival of Ken Holland mean for the Oilers coaching search?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Prioritizing the roster issues that await Ken Holland in Edmonton.
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s procurement list for his rumored move to Edmonton will include front-office personnel
- Jonathan Willis: A Milan Lucic trade is at the top of the to-do list for the Oilers’ next GM.
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What were Tippett’s best teams? His Dallas team ’05-06 and ’06-07 both won 50 or more games. They were veteran teams, strong, with some speed and grit. Mike Modano, Bill Guerin, Jere Lehtinen, Brenden Morrow, Jason Arnott.
Who was their best player? I’ll say Sergei Zubov. He was 300 years old, lived on pickled eggs and vodka shots, but my goodness what a player.
Goalie? In Dallas, Marty Turco and then Mike Smith.
Best Coyotes team? The first one, they won 50 games and had a balanced, veteran team. The 2011-12 team went the farthest though, third round.
Who was their best player? The goalie is always a star for Tippett, so Ilya Bryzgalov and then Mike Smith are prominent names. Among skaters, before OEL, I’d list Shane Doan, an emerging Martin Hanzal, Radim Vrbata.
What are the strengths of Tippett’s teams? The best ones, by that I mean all but the final few Coyotes teams, were good at outscoring opponents.
Example? In 2005-06, the average NHL team scored and allowed 248 goals. Dallas scored 253 and allowed 217. They were solid on the power play-penalty kill (scored 88, allowed 82, average 85-85) but the strength came at even strength (155-128, +27).
Another example? In 2011-12, in Phoenix. Average team scored and allowed 218 goals, Coyotes 210-194. At even strength, Phoenix scored 170 goals, allowed 152, +18.
How many even-strength goals did Edmonton score and allow last season? Oilers scored 172, allowed 202. That 202 number should get carved down handsomely if Tippett can deliver as he’s been able to do in the past.
How many points do Tippett’s team post in his first season as coach? Dallas had 111 points and won the Pacific Division in 2002-03. Phoenix Coyotes had 107 points in 2009-10, his team finished second in the Pacific.
One of the big questions surrounding Dave Tippett (and Ken Holland) and their arrival in Edmonton is Jesse Puljujarvi. Look, I know he isn’t working out but you just can’t leave him by the side of the road. Seriously. If they’re going to move on, make a deal that gets the organization something, and puts JP in a good spot. I would suggest a quality AHL forward in or near entry deal. Here are the best in the pool based on being under 23 and having a solid points-per-game total. I included two Oilers kids for fun, this is 5-on-5 scoring.
RC Cooper Marody 58, 12-28-40 (.690)
R Drake Batherson 59, 16-24-40 (.678) Not a chance Ottawa deals him.
LC John Quenneville 37, 9-15-24 (.649) NJD would probably trade him, don’t know if JP would be a target.
L AJ Greer 54, 12-20-32 (.593) Colorado would be an interesting spot for JP, not sure if Greer could be pried loose.
L Tyler Benson 68, 13-27-40 (.588)
LC Aleksei Saarela 69, 20-16-36 (.522) Playing alongside Sebastian Aho might be ideal for JP, would they deal promising scorer Saarela?
The television kept telling me ‘moar big’ was the reason for St. Louis and Boston making the Stanley Cup Finals this spring. I’ve mentioned this 1,000 times, but for me the key elements for both teams are things like goaltending, outscoring and balance.
What do I mean by balance? Well, Boston is a balanced team. They boast two quality goaltenders, some puck movers (Krug) and some shutdown (Chara) types and some very nice young blue (McAvoy, Carlo, Grzelcyk) contributing to the cause. They have depth, as demonstrated by Connor Clifton’s emergence.
Up front, they have Patrice Bergeron, who is pretty close to perfect. Brad Marchand is a titmouse but the man can play and David Pastrnak is a pure sniper.
That veteran forward group (which also includes David Krejci) is followed up with two excellent youngsters who can help with the offense (Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen). The bottom six can skate, deliver some offense and play a disciplined game.
That’s balance. Not every player is a speed demon with a howitzer, but each man on the roster can supply something of value. Twelve players have seven or more points, that’s depth across the roster. The added rentals (Charlie Coyle, Marcus Johansson) have also contributed.
You can have Adam Larsson on your team, but Adam Larsson and Kris Russell on your team means two defenders who aren’t expert with the puck inside the top 4D. Darnell Nurse can transport like a King but is not a great outlet passer. If you take out (say) Russell, and place Evan Bouchard inside the top 4D, that means Oscar Klefbom and Bouchard can play the role of passing blue on one pairing each. That’s the goal for Ken Holland and (soon) Dave Tippett. Godspeed.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260, it’s going to be a big day. Jonathan Willis from The Athletic will join us at 10:20 and we’ll chat Tippett and Milan Lucic trade scenarios. At 11, Ken Holland introduces Dave Tippett (we believe) as Edmonton’s 21st head coach (including WHA). 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. History is made today. We’ve been saying that a lot lately.