There’s no whistle in his mouth and he’s not drawing up drills for his new players on whiteboards, but to say Dave Tippett’s kicking back this summer couldn’t be further from the truth.

Tippett has been crisscrossing the western half of the continent – going from Arizona to his summer home in Minnesota to his most recent dwelling in the state of Washington – all to ensure he has everything he needs for his new place in Alberta’s capital.

Sure, he’s relaxed a bit. But the Oilers have been front of mind, too.

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