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Lightning coach Cooper has multiyear extension

 

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His contract was due to expire at the end of this season. It is unclear how long the extension runs for. The 51-year-old Cooper was originally named Tampa Bay's coach in 2013 and is currently the NHL's longest-tenured coach. He is the franchise's all-time leader for wins with 301.

 

Tampa Bay currently has a goal differential of plus-100, which would mark the NHL's highest since the 2005-06 

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 finished at plus-103.

 

"His ability to forge impactful relationships with everyone from players to staff has been a trademark of his tenure with the organization and he is the absolute best coach for our hockey team," general manager Julien BriseBois said in a statement.

 

"Coop's ability to develop a strong culture while continually adapting has been a big part of the team's success. He has helped set high standards for our organization with his unrelenting drive for excellence."

 

Since Cooper's first full season in 2013-14, no other team has more wins (297) or standings points (635) than Tampa Bay. Since the 2014 postseason, the Lightning have played in the second-most playoff games in the NHL, trailing only the 

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The Lightning have made it to at least the Eastern Conference Finals in three of the last four seasons. They were knocked out in last season's conference final by the eventual Stanley Cup-winning 

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Tampa Bay enters the postseason as the favorite to win the Stanley Cup; it would be the franchise's first since 2004.

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Glad this got done and got done before the playoffs and off season.

Perhaps now, some ridiculous Bolts fans I know can stop calling for the removal of Jon Cooper in favor of Joel Quenneville.
Yes...despite Cooper's success with the team, his management of the players' ice time, AND his knowledge of the TB organization, some fans, for some silly reason, feel he has "run his course" with the Lightning and that someone, a "winner" like Quenneville, should be brought in if the Lightning want any chance of winning a Cup.

 

While I feel Quenneville is, of course a good coach (ahem..a Stanley Cup winning coach... three times not that long ago with the Hawks), my thinking is...….. Why screw around with a good thing??

I defy ANYONE, ANYWHERE to find a head coach that is as relaxed in front of the cameras and behind the bench, yet fiery behind the scenes (according to various sources in the media), to where he gets his players' attention and they respond positively.
A coach that players from big stars like Stamkos, Hedman, and Kucherov down to the grinders like Paquette, Erne, and Martel simply "buy into".

Hell, Coop even shaves ice time from his top lines to give prime minutes to his bottom six and has installed fair systems within the team so that just about every viable player gets a chance to play on the ice!

Something VERY tough to do sometimes when you have a team as deep as the Lightning....keeping everyone happy!

 

Anyways...Cooper just works well for this team. 
Organization goes and changes head coach when they are on the verge of possibly doing a Blackhawk or Red Wing type run, and then they would see upheavals within the coaching staff, players will need to reacclimate themselves to a new voice, some might not even be happy..... why mess with any of that when Cooper is not only doing the job, but has not really done anything to undermine what the Bolts are trying to do as a franchise?

 

Let this off season be about trying to get Brayden Point signed. 
About managing the cap and making the correct decisions as to who the team needs to keep and who they can safely bid good luck in their future endeavors.

Be about future expansion draft strategy (Seattle) where the Bolts are SURE to lose a good player or two.....they just need to make sure it isn't one that will deeply affect their ability to stay Stanley Cup viable.

 

Jon Cooper may not be the polarizing and/or entertaining type like a John Tortorella, he may not have the credentials (YET!) of a Quenneville, or have the "fixer" type reputation of a guy like Ken Hitchcock (of course, since Coop has always been with the TB org, he hasn't needed to "fix" anyone else's problems), and, comparatively, he might even seem "boring", standing behind the bench, even keeled voice, chewing away on his bubble gum.....but dammit, he just works well within the organization and works well for his players.

And that's all I really want out of a head coach for my team!

Welcome back, Coop.... Hoping to see you be a multi-time Cup winning coach WITH the Lightning!  

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