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Jon Cooper is trying hard to not get too excited about next season

Jul 7, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning were one of the busiest teams this summer and after the success they had last season, fans there are getting a bit excited.

The Lightning re-signed Ryan Callahan, added Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman, and Evgeni Nabokov in free agency and traded for Jason Garrison. Throw prospect Jonathan Drouin into that mix and you’ve got a potentially loaded team. Just don’t tell coach Jon Cooper about that.

Cooper would like everyone to just take a breath and not get too excited as Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times shared.

“I’ve never seen a team, on paper, win the Stanley Cup,” Cooper said.

“We have to have the same work ethic we had last year, and I’m sure people are going to look at us with a little different expectation now that we’re a playoff team. But you want that challenge. We’re excited about that. But lets temper the expectations a little bit, and you look at how really inexperienced we are up front.”

The Lightning are young up front. From Steven Stamkos to Tyler Johnson to Ondrej Palat to Alex Killorn as well as adding Drouin, that’s a lot of players who haven’t seen a lot of NHL ice time.

That said, the talent is there for a team that finished second in the Atlantic Division behind the Boston Bruins. They’ll be challengers in the East, the question is how far can they go?

  1. rbbbaron - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Right attitude. At this point Babcock is probably thinking to himself “it must be nice knowing you’ve got a GM who can actually organize a piss up in brewery”, but he’ll get over it (even if it means leaving Detroit)

  2. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Us Lightning fans are doing the same thing. It’s important to temper expectations because you just never know how a young team will respond to pressure.

  3. kj4bolts - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    It’s hard not to be excited for the team on paper. If mostly inexperience took them to 2nd place with 101 points, then with added experience for this year, it sounds like it should be even better. Here’s hoping…

  4. njadvocate111 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    What happened to the Downie blog? I wanted to read all the Pens fans justify how he is more than just a goon. After the last year, I think we all know that there is NO place in the game for guys like that. But I’m sure he’s come a long way since railroading Dean McAmmond and sucker punching Jason Blake.

  5. valoisvipers - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    If Big Ben can stay healthy, it will be fun times in Tampa this season. Stevie Y is doing great things over there.

    • phtjoey - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Giving praise today to all the ex Red Wings who are in management. They deserve it for sure. 😉 Will be another interesting season.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Yep Boyle should net maybe 3 this year…

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      1-800 bitter are we?

    • bolthead2589 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      He’s n

    • lightning79 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      That should be about the same as Tanner Glass LOL

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