Jim Playfair will reportedly join Dave Tippett’s coaching staff

Dave Tippett’s coaching staff is slowly coming together. According to Craig Morgan, lead Coyotes writer for The Athletic Arizona, Jim Playfair will join Tippett’s staff as an assistant coach.

Playfair was the 20th overall choice of the Oilers back in 1982 but never played a game with the NHL club. A big defenceman drafted from the Portland Winterhawks, Playfair played three seasons for the Nova Scotia Oilers of the AHL before leaving the organization. He would go on to play 19 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Playfair’s coaching career is much more colourful than his playing career. He started coaching the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL shortly after retiring and eventually landed a gig as the head coach of the Calgary Flames’ farm team in Saint John. After a couple of years there, he was called up to become an assistant with the Flames. Playfair would be the Flames’ head coach for one season in 2006-07 between the Darryl Sutter and Mike Keenan eras.

A couple of years after Tippett was hired by the Coyotes, he added Playfair to his staff as an assistant coach. The two coached together there for six seasons before the Coyotes ultimately decided to go in a new direction.

Playfair will become the Oilers’ third defence coach in three seasons. They’ve gone from Jim Johnson to Trent Yawney now to Playfair. We’ll find out soon who the other members of Tippett’s bench will be next year.

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In the meantime, enjoy this all-time Playfair moment:

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  • toprightcorner

    My only concern is that Playfair is another old school, former NHL defensive defenceman, just like Johnson and Yawney. The defense has shown no visual improvement with the last two and that doesn’t bode well for Playfair.

    I would have liked to see a newer school coach in the mix as old familiarity is not the only way to build a successful coaching staff.

  • OilCan2

    I like the hire. Love the ‘Blown Head Gasket’ video. Let’s hope he sticks around for a loooong time and does a great job grooming some of our D in the PipeLine.

  • Serious Gord

    Bobby Nick – 66
    Ken Holland – 63
    Keith Gretzky – 52
    Dave Tippett – 57
    Playfair – 54
    Gulatzan – 47

    Is there a management group assembled that was this old at inception that later won its first cup?

    Is there an older management group in the league today?

  • The Perceptor

    Is former Oiler Esa Tikkanen available to coach? Or any great Finnish coach, that maybe played in the NHL, and speaks English well. A glue guy in the room, and someone that can bring Jesse Puljujarvi back into the mix, both with the players, and the team strategies. I’m flabbergasted that it’s come to this, and simply can’t understand why Jesse doesn’t see a new possibility here. If he just looks in the mirror for a sec, and realizes that a new GM and coaching staff is as new as it gets, if might be enough to convince him to stay and really go for it, one more time. But if his possible exit has to do with something more than a new GM and coach, if it’s also about the players, then that’s a big problem that needs to be addressed. In less words, Jesse, come back with open arms, this fan wants you to succeed in Edmonton.

      • The Perceptor

        Everything is changing. New GM, new coaches. The season ended last week, not last year. A whole offseason of change is ahead, with new faces replacing old ones come the fall. Oilers can choose to change with Jesse, or away from him. Maybe the only change needed is in Jesse’s mind, with a few assists from the Oilers management team. Set the kid up, and make him feel heard and cared for, or lose him. In other words, the need to make a pitch to Jesse, which is quite sad, but now a reality, and frankly, it would sadder if they didn’t.

        • Stuff has changed but is it any better than before? Third head coach in 4 years. Third defensive coach in 3 years. And this defensive coach has only 19 nhl games to his credit. So imo he wasnt good enough to play in the nhl but his defensive coaching ability is better then trent yawney. The teams he coaches on dont make the playoff very often just saying

      • Shameless Plugger

        Saying nothing has changed just reaffirms that you’re a contrarian. If somebody says up you’ll say down. No matter what this team does you’ll find a way to make it a negative.

      • I agree partially, new management and coaches is almost an annual event and has not made a difference while the Lord Of The Rings remains employed, as does Howson and Green.Keeping failed executives is a recipe for disaster as we have watched this unfold for over a decade now. I don’t expect much to change, why should he?