RTL Today – Ice hockey: NHL Coyotes part ways with coach Tocchet after missing playoffs
Rick Tocchet will not be returning as coach of the Arizona Coyotes, the NHL club announced on Sunday, a day after finishing outside the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons.
Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong said the team and Tocchet had mutually agreed to go their separate ways, with the coach’s contract expiring on June 30.
âAfter meeting Rick, we agreed that a change of coach is in the best interest of the club,â said Armstrong. “It was a very difficult decision, but we believe it is time for new direction and new leadership.”
Tocchet, a 57-year-old Canadian, was named coach of the Coyotes in July 2011 and guided Arizona to a 125-131 record with 34 overtime losses. Last season, he coached the Coyotes in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
This season, Arizona contested the final days of the campaign, but finished 24-26-6 and lost to St. Louis for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Division.
“It has been an honor to coach the Coyotes over the past four seasons,” said Tocchet. “This place will always be special to me.”
Tocchet won the Stanley Cup as a player with Pittsburgh in 1992 and helped bring the Penguins two more as an assistant coach in 2016 and 2017. He has 178 wins in six seasons in the NHL as a coach. , four in Arizona and two with Tampa Bay as of 2008. -10.