Found March 25, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
Hockey Hall of Fame writer Jim Matheson had some interesting comments last night on where things stand between Lindy Ruff and Steve Yzerman as the Lightning GM searches for his next head coach. Continue reading "Report: Ruff Is Yzerman’s First Choice"

Ruff In Tampa Would Be Compelling

Imagine how interesting hockey life would be in Buffalo if a team coached by Lindy Ruff came into First Niagara Center - say, three weeks from today - to battle the Sabres in a game with major playoff implications. With an opening created this morning courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning, that scenario may not be so far fetched. Continue reading "Ruff In Tampa Would Be Compelling"

Could Lindy Ruff revive the Tampa Bay Lightning?

Nobody was surprised Guy Boucher got the short haircut today. The first question was, “Why did it take so long?”The second question was, “Is it Lindy Ruff time in Tampa?”The Tampa Bay Lightning ranked among the NHL’s most startling disappointments this season. The addition of goaltender Anders Lindback did not cure the team’s goals-against problemThe Lightning’ highly...

GARTH: Yzerman Phoned Ruff

Tampa Lightning GM, Steve Yzerman, spoke this morning after his team's game day skate about his decision making process in selecting Jon Cooper as his team's new head coach. Yzerman says that he spoke by phone with former Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff on Monday, to inform him of his decision to hire Cooper. Out of respect, Stevie Y phoned Ruff to share with him the news...

GARTH: Ruff To Tampa?

Tampa Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has fired his head coach, Guy Boucher. The Bolts,like the Sabres, have been a disappointing team for most of this lockout-shortened season. The Bolts find themselves in 14th place (27 points) in the East. Yzerman's team scores goals by the bushels full, however, their team D and goaltending have been awful this season. Is Lindy Ruff the...

Lightning have chosen their next coach?

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Sunday he would want to have a new coach in place quickly. According to reports, it appears the Bolts have already made their decision.   Piling on to the speculation…expect Tampa Bay to announce Jon Cooper as head coach as early as tomorrow. #TSN — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 25, 2013 And then you have Alex Picard...

Lightning Extend Nate Thomson

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms with forward Nate Thomson on a four-year contract extension, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. "We're very pleased to have agreed to a contract extension with Nate," said Yzerman upon making the announcement. "He has and will continue to be a very important member of our...

Blame Yzerman, Not Boucher

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, With 17 games to go and his team five points out of an Eastern Conference playoff berth, Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman had seen enough. He made the decision early this morning to fire coach Guy Boucher with the hope the move would motivate his Lightning into a miraculous stretch run. Here’s hoping he took a good long look in the mirror...

Video- Yzerman Discusses The Boucher Firing

Ligntning GM Steve Yzerman met the media in Winnipeg to talk about the firing of Guy Boucher and the plan moving forward.  

Guy Boucher fired as coach of Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. Guy Bouchers time with the Tampa Bay Lightning is over.Steve Yzerman, the Lightnings vice president and general manager, announced Sunday morning that the coach has been fired 31 games into his third season. Yzerman has appointed assistant coaches Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix as coaches forSunday's game at the Winnipeg Jets.Under Boucher this winter, the Lightning...

Boucher's dismissal shows Tampa's urgency

TAMPA, Fla. Time is valuable in the NHL, and Guy Bouchers Tampa Bay Lightning career ended Sunday because it was hard to justify giving him more after failing to meet a standard of his making. His fall was swift, but his firing by vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman revealed the urgency of a lockout-shortened season. Since its start, this has been a 48-game pressure...

Jon Cooper Named Head Coach Of The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning named Jon Cooper the eighth head coach in franchise history today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Cooper joins the Lightning after having spent the previous three seasons behind the bench of Tampa Bay’s top minor league affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals from 2010-12 and this season with the Syracuse Crunch, compiling...

Lightning hire Jon Cooper as head coach

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...
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