The Coyotes have been very interesting to watch this season. And for once, the interest isn't driven by the chaos that seems to envelop the organization. They're 5-2 under new coach Dave Tippett. Where Tippett is system oriented, previous coach Wayne Gretzky preferred a more freeform coaching style . Or rather, "style." One huge difference between the coaching philosophies is Tippett's use of defensemen in the offense. Defenseman Ed Jovanovski has three goals, where last season, under Gretzky, he finished with just nine. Tippett has become a big fan of the active defensemen philosophy : If your defensemen arenÆt involved ... I'm not talking about leading the rush, IÆm talking about them finding opportunities to get people pucks at the net, on the power play they have to be involved, that ...
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