It's hard to determine who gets the credit for what has happened in Phoenix, but one thing is undeniable: Phoenix is good. No, Phoenix is phenomenal, and with few big names on the roster.
Returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2001-2002 and clinching its first 100-point season in franchise history is something that goes beyond stellar goaltending from Ilya Bryzgalov and beyond the tenure of captain Shane Doan.
Tippett joined the franchise when things were at their worst. A team in peril, no one knowing where they were going to be playing their future games, not to mention, losing a coach who stepped aside moments before the first puck drop of the season.
Somehow Tippett was able to settle the team and turn it into a powerhouse in the Pacific division and a real candidate for winning the Stanley Cup.
Phoenix has come a long way from the early predictions that it wouldn't even crack the top 10 in the Western Conference, and much credit must be given to the coach.