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Bowness hired as associate coach in Tampa Bay

Jun 3, 2013, 1:23 PM EST

Canucks Hockey AP

After seven years as an assistant in Vancouver, Rick Bowness has been hired as an associate coach in Tampa Bay where he’ll work with new Lightning bench boss Jon Cooper.

The hiring was first reported today by Renaud Lavoie of RDS. It has since been confirmed by the Lightning.

On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Lightning were speaking with Bowness, who was fired by the Canucks, along with head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant Newell Brown, in May.

From the Times:

Tampa Bay has been in the market for an assistant since last month when it announced Dan Lacroix, who handled the defense and penalty kill, would not be given a new contract.

Bowness would give the Lightning what it has lacked behind the bench since assistant Wayne Fleming left the team in April 2011 because of brain cancer — an assistant with a deep resevoir of NHL knowledge. And general manaer Steve Yzerman, after announcing Lacroix’s departure, has said he would look for such a person.

Bowness worked mostly with the defense in Vancouver. If that’s his area of focus in Tampa Bay, he’ll have lots of work to do on a team that gave up 3.06 goals per game in 2013.

  1. blomfeld - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Ladies and Gentlemen …

    please give a warm round of applause for ‘your’ new starting goaltender, Mister “can’t sell my condo” himself, Roberto Luongo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • lightning9126 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      I don’t really think that Bobby Lou is going to come down to Tampa, I’ll see it when I believe it :)

      • blomfeld - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Trust me friend, he is coming to you … you Bolts have one of the most explosive offenses in the league and you’re literally ‘oozing’ with Cup potential … and the only thing holding you people back is your lack luster goal-tending … but that’s where Luongo comes in … I can guarantee you that this guy will go ‘berserk’ there in Tampa and make you an ‘instant’ Cup contender … Luongo would love nothing more than to give a SC “ring endowed” middle finger to the Canucks …

    • jaybertx - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      The only way Strombone1 makes his way to Tampa is if he gets bought out — SY hasn’t done the work he has with this team to handcuff himself with that contract.

      You obviously haven’t watched much Lightning hockey. While no one can deny that the goaltending has been rough at times, the D was 10x worse. What little cap space they have would be much better spent there rather than another goaltender.

  2. lightning9126 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Well I mean, anything can happen at this point and I admit that our goaltending and defense need a lot of help. I’m very excited that Coach Bowness is with us now so let’s hop on and see where this takes us!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      This is a very good addition to help coach C in his very season at the helm in TB.

      • lightning9126 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        Indeed!

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