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by Paul on 06/13/11 at 02:31 PM ET
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today the Coyotes have signed Jim Playfair to a multi-year contract to serve as the team’s associate coach. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jim to the Coyotes organization,” said Maloney. “Jim is a tremendous coach with a wealth of experience and I am confident that he will be a great addition to our coaching staff.”
Prior to joining the Coyotes, Playfair spent the last 11 seasons in the Calgary Flames organization as a coach. From 2009-2011, he was an associate coach for the Flames after serving as head coach during the 2006-07 season. In his only season as an NHL Head Coach, Playfair led the Flames to an impressive 43-29-10 record and 96 points in the Northwest Division. Prior to that, he was as an assistant coach for three seasons beginning on January 3, 2003.
“Jim is an excellent coach and we are thrilled to have him join our staff,” said Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett. “He has great communication skills and we are confident that he will be able to contribute in many areas.”
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