The Arizona Coyotes and head coach Dave Tippett mutually agreed to part ways Thursday, according to 12 News sources.
Tippett has coached the team since 2009.
A source told 12 Sports that Tippett was focused on a win-now approach while ownership wanted to take a longer-term approach with the team's young talent.
In a statement, team owner Andrew Barroway said "On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Tip for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization. Tip is a man of high character and we are very grateful for his leadership during his tenure as our head coach. Ultimately, we have some philosophical differences on how to build our team. Therefore, we mutually agreed that it is in everyone's best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward."
Tippett also released a statement through the team, saying "After some thoughtful discussions with Andy, we both agreed that it was best for me to move on. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Coyotes and wish Andy and the entire organization all the best in the future."
He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year in the 2009-10 season.
Tippett went 202-257-83 in his time with the team.
Thank you for all your hard work over the past 8 seasons, Coach Tippett. We wish you the best. pic.twitter.com/JSo668V69s— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) June 23, 2017
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