Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/9/14
The Tampa Bay Lightnings search for a new coach didnt last long. The Lightning announced Monday night that Jon Cooper, coach of the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bays American Hockey League affiliate, will become the franchises eighth head coach. He replaces Guy Boucher, who was fired by vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman after Tampa Bays 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Boucher finished 97-78-20 in two-plus seasons with the Lightning. We are very pleased to introduce Jon as our head coach today, Yzerman said in a release. He has had success at every level he has coached and is extremely familiar with our organization, as well as our players. He has a tremendous record at all levels and we feel he is ready to make the move to the NHL. Cooper, 45, offers a history with the Tampa Bay organization. Before arriving at Syracuse, he coached the Norfolk Admirals, Tampa Bays previous AHL affiliate, for two seasons. In 2011-12, Norfolk won a franchise-record 55 games. ...
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