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NHL notes: Coyotes' Tippett to coach Canada

Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will be behind the bench for Team Canada at the world...

Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will be behind the bench for Team Canada at the world championship this spring. (USA Today)

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, Last Updated: 9:02 PM ET

Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will be behind Canada's bench at the world hockey championship next month in Belarus.

Serving as Tippett's assistants will be New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer and newly-resigned Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice.

"We are very pleased with the coaching staff that we have assembled for Belarus," general manager Rob Blake said in a release. "Dave, Peter and Paul have had great experience and success at all levels of hockey, and we know that they will ensure that our team is very well prepared for the world championship."

Tippett has been to the worlds twice as an associate coach, winning silver in 2009, while DeBoer was an associate coach under Craig MacTavish at the 2010 worlds. Maurice does not have any international coaching experience with Canada, but was behind the bench of the KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2012-13.

Blake is also expected to name the first group of players to the squad in the coming week.

SABRES FIRE ASSISTANTS

Ted Nolan will have a new set of assistant coaches in Buffalo next season.

The Sabres head coach will bring in his own assistants after the organization informed Joe Sacco, Teppo Numminen, Jerry Forton and goalie coach Jim Corsi they would not be continuing in their roles.

Sacco and Forton have been offered other jobs within the Sabres' hockey department, while Corsi was let go and Numminen's contract will not be renewed.

Nolan was not made available for comment about the firings or who he has in mind to replace the four that were let go.

Nolan took over as coach on an interim basis Nov. 13, 2013 following the firing of Ron Rolston 20 games into the season. He then signed a three-year contract extension March 31.

'CANES COACH UPBEAT

Kirk Muller is feeling confident that the Carolina Hurricanes are making strides to end their frustrating playoff drought, which has now reached five seasons.

The Hurricanes head coach met the media in Raleigh a day after the players gave their take on what went wrong during the season in which the team finished seventh in the Metropolitan Division and 13th overall in the Eastern Conference.

"When you don't make the playoffs and it's a few years in a row, there's a lot of pride with pro athletes and frustration kicks in," Muller said. "It's not fun. ... I hope there are some players that are unhappy and not complacent and want to get this thing turned around."

Muller, two-plus seasons behind the bench without a playoff appearance, was unconcerned about his future with the club.

"As of right now, I'm head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. ... As of right now, I'm just going about being head coach."


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