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Tampa Bay Lightning make an official decision on John Cooper

Published May 1, 2024 at 11:09

Today, the Tampa Bay Lightning made a significant announcement regarding their head coach, Jon Cooper. Multiple reports confirm that the veteran coach has received a contract extension from the Lightning.

NHL insider David Pagnotta has confirmed the news, stating that Jon Cooper has signed an extension that will keep him with the Lightning through the 2025-26 season.

I'm told #GoBolts HC Jon Cooper had signed an extension and is under contract through the 2025-26 season.

This extension adds one year to Cooper's existing contract, which was set to expire in 2024-25. However, the announcement comes amid mixed reactions following Cooper's recent controversial comments after the team's loss to the Florida Panthers.

"We might has well put skirts on them then... I think we're letting the goalies off the hook."

Cooper's analogy of suggesting goalies should wear skirts has sparked backlash from fans, with many calling for an apology. As of now, Cooper has not addressed or apologized for his remarks.

Despite the controversy, the Lightning have moved forward with securing their head coach's future. The next focus for the team will likely be securing the contract of their captain and star player, Steven Stamkos, who is due to become a free agent.

As more updates on Jon Cooper and Steven Stamkos become available, we will provide further information. For now, it appears that the Lightning are preparing for another Stanley Cup run in the upcoming seasons.

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