Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett was not expected to be available to the Rangers this offseason, but commissioner Gary Bettman’s annual pre-Stanley Cup Finals address Wednesday night at the United Center may have changed that.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly admitted prior to Game 1 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins that “it’s possible” the currently league-owned Coyotes may not play in Glendale, Ariz., next season.

Tippett’s contract expires on July 1, and though he recently told the Arizona Republic that re-signing in Phoenix is his top choice, he has hesitated due to the tenuous ownership situation and the uncertainty surrounding the franchise.

The Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars all have coaching vacancies. Tippett, 51, coached the Dallas Stars for six seasons and then the Coyotes for the past four. If he decides he can’t wait around, Tippett could ask general manager Don Maloney to grant permission to teams calling, which after Daly’s admission on Wednesday should be led by Rangers general manager Glen Sather.

The Rangers’ short list of candidates includes ex-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, ex-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, franchise legend Mark Messier and Tippett. Vigneault interviewed with the Rangers on Tuesday in La Quinta, Calif., where Sather and other members of the front office are holding their offseason organizational meetings.