Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway announced late Thursday that long-time coach Dave Tippett had been let go in a mutual agreement.
"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," Barroway said. "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."
According to arizonasports.com's Craig Morgan, Tippett, who was given a structured buyout, was not happy with the team recently trading away No. 1 goalie Mike Smith and deciding not to re-sign longtime captain Shane Doan, among other issues.
Morgan also reported that no other members of the Coyotes coaching staff were let go, including assistants Jim Playfair, John Slaney and Jon Elkin.
"After some thoughtful discussions with Andy, we both agreed that it was best for me to move on," said Tippett. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Coyotes and wish Andy and the entire organization all the best in the future."
Tippett was named the 17th coach in franchise history Sept. 24, 2009, and compiled a 282-257-83 record with the team.