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George Gwozdecky Reportedly Joining Tampa Bay Lightning as Assistant Coach
August 8th, 2013 at 8:05 PM
***VIDEO1*** After Rick Bowness was hired by GM Steve Yzerman to coach the defense for new head coach Jon Cooper, reports were that the Lightning were not finished adding to what will be very much a new-look bench in 2013-2014. With most of the vestiges of the Guy Boucher era in Tampa Bay...

Tampa Bay Lightning Hire David Alexander as AHL Goaltending and Video Coach
July 24th, 2013 at 10:26 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired a new coach -- David Alexander -- to coach goaltending and video with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL. Alexander comes over after coaching goaltending at the University of Maine for five seasons, where he worked with goalies like Jimmy Howard and Ben Bishop, among...

Dan Lacroix Will not Return as Tampa Bay Lightning Assistant Coach
May 24th, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Per Damian Cristodero of the Lightning Times:   Dan Lacroix will not return next season as a Lightning assistant coach, team announces. — Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) May 24, 2013 Door not closed on Lacroix to stay in organization but he is free to look for other opportunities. His contract is up at end of...

Jon Cooper Looks Forward and Back with Tampa Bay Lightning
April 29th, 2013 at 3:06 PM
Some "exit" interviews were conducted today with Tampa Bay Lightning coaches and players, reflecting on the season that was and looking forward to both the NHL draft and the 2013-2014 season. At the time of the Guy Boucher firing, much of the argument focused on how it was the right time...

Jon Cooper Era Begins Officially for Tampa Bay Lightning Against New Jersey Devils
March 29th, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Although he's already been the coach for a few days, Jon Cooper will make his NHL debut tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum behind the bench for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the New Jersey Devils. After playing a solid if unspectacular game against Buffalo on Tuesday, the Bolts will...

Lindy Ruff was Never Frontrunner for Tampa Bay Lightning
March 26th, 2013 at 2:03 PM
With the recent firing of Guy Boucher as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, "free agent" head coach Lindy Ruff, formerly of the Buffalo Sabres, was immediately pegged as the likely candidate to replace him. "He has connection to Yzerman from Team Canada", "the Bolts need a tough, disciplinarian...

Guy Boucher and the Death of the 1-3-1
March 26th, 2013 at 1:43 PM
Late last night, I listened to the popular Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast featuring Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports. On yesterday's installment, with the two co-hosts discussing the recent firing of Guy Boucher as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jeff Marek posited that a game against...

Tampa Bay Lightning Name Jon Cooper as New Head Coach
March 25th, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Over the past few seasons, my faith in Guy Boucher as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning has slowly dwindled. Once one of his staunchest defenders amidst the many cries for his head, over the past few weeks I've slowly come to the realization that Guy Boucher as head coach...

Guy Boucher Fired by Tampa Bay Lightning
March 24th, 2013 at 1:47 PM
***VIDEO1*** While "fire Guy Boucher" had become a common enough refrain amongst fans and media guys in other markets, many people (myself included) thought General Manager Steve Yzerman would take a more measured, patient approach to the team's recent struggles as players from the AHL continue to be incorporated into the...

Tampa Bay Lightning Shutout by Evgeni Nabokov, New York Islanders in 2-0 Loss
March 15th, 2013 at 2:02 AM
The preview of tonight's match-up at home versus the New York Islanders featured this nugget of a stat from ESPN: They [New York Islanders] are 9-2-1 when scoring at least one power play goal compared to 2-10-2 when they don't. The Islanders went 1/7 on the man advantage against the Bolts in...

Guy Boucher not the Problem for Struggling Tampa Bay Lightning
March 5th, 2013 at 2:49 PM
***VIDEO1*** Late last night, an apparently not uncommon thought amongst an increasingly vocal Tampa Bay Lightning fanbase surfaced on Twitter and elsewhere. The common refrain? A call for Guy Boucher's head. The third year coach, who set expectations exceedingly high in his first season by reaching Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in...

Former Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender Dwayne Roloson Takes Coaching Job with UMass Lowell
October 18th, 2012 at 2:52 PM
Dwayne Roloson played 16 years in the NHL, reaching the Stanley Cup finals with the Edmonton Oilers in 2006 and the Eastern Conference Finals with the Lightning in 2011, both times losing to the eventual cup-winner. Per Lowell Sun-Sports: 16-year NHL goalie Dwayne #Roloson joins UMass Lowell hockey staff, pending end of...

Guy Boucher Shoots First Pitch at Rays Game
September 26th, 2012 at 1:48 PM
***VIDEO1*** That was Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher using a wrist shot for the first pitch at Tropicana Field last Friday in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was "Lightning Day" at the Trop, the stadium formerly known as the Thunderdome and the home of the Tampa Bay...

Tampa Bay Lightning Give More Responsibility to Coach Steve Thomas
August 3rd, 2012 at 10:16 PM
After several seasons spent working with the prospects and developing players, coach Steve Thomas' role is reportedly being expanded by General Manager Steve Yzerman for the 2012-2013 season. There has been an open spot behind the Lightning bench since Assistant Coach Wayne Fleming stepped down due to his ongoing battle with...

Southeast Division Gets Stronger: Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Washington Capitals
July 31st, 2012 at 5:59 PM
***PHOTO1*** After sweeping the Washington Capitals out of the second round of the 2010-2011 playoffs, the two teams went in opposite directions for 2011-2012. The Lightning, facing countless injuries and all but eliminated from playoff contention, unloaded at the trade deadline. The Caps held on to their key pieces. The only significant move...