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Lightning interested in Bowness as assistant coach

Jun 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Alain Vigneault, Rick Bowness Getty Images

Rick Bowness was an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks until recently, but it’s looking like he could be back behind a bench soon.

Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Lightning are close to signing Bowness to be head coach Jon Cooper’s new assistant coach. Tampa Bay is in the market for a new assistant after they did not offer former assistant coach Dan Lacroix a new contract.

Bowness has a lot of history in hockey as a coach as he’s spent the last 21 years behind the bench in some fashion. The last seven years he’s spent as Alain Vigneault’s assistant in Vancouver until being fired just a couple weeks ago. He was an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes for five years before his time in Vancouver.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    This would be a very good asst for coach C. Bowness will bring the NHL experience that Cooper is missing.

  2. mathieug79 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Perfect!! should help the defense a little! He should be smart enough not to make Eric Brewer play more than 10 min

  3. blomfeld - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner ?

    You got it Pontiac ! … bingo bongo Roberto Luongo ! :)
    I just knew in my heart of hearts that this has been ‘the deal’ from day one and sure enough look what’s happening ! Man, this was even easier to predict than Bettman’s ‘fake’ lockout ! … what a joke eh ? :)

    • jaybertx - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      You’re crazy.

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