Jon Cooper said he was never worried about his future with Tampa bay Lightning. The last time his contract was renewed, he also did not sign an extension until the end of the last year of the agreement.
This time Tampa bay it didn’t make him wait that long. Cooper stated that the champagne was practically still frozen from the celebration of the second Stanley Cup consecutive achieved by the team in July, when the club began talks to stay in Tampa bay beyond the 2021-22 season.
This Monday, the eve of the season opening, Tampa bay announced a three-year extension for Cooper that runs through the 2024-25 campaign.
Financial terms were not disclosed. Cooper was reportedly winning between 3.5 and 4 million dollars annually on your current contract.
«Tampa is my homeCooper stated. “So it’s great to be able to be back, to be able to be here for a few more years. This was discussed probably four days after we raised the Stanley Cup, July 7. We got into the essentials when we started coming to training ground. To be honest, in this organization, it really never, ever becomes a problem. It’s like a family atmosphere, and there are many open lines of communication before something happens. «
«Without a doubt, ‘Coop’ is the best person for the job,» stated the general manager. Julien BriseBois it’s a statement. “He is a great leader, spokesperson and ambassador for our organization. We are fortunate to have him as our head coach, and I look forward to our continued partnership. ”
After becoming the second team to win two consecutive Stanley Cups since the cap era began in 2005, Tampa Bay Lightning they ensured stability at the top of their organization in the offseason.
They extended to BriseBois, who was also entering the final year of his contract, last month, and signed to his frontline center, Brayden Point, an eight-year, $ 76 million extension valid through the 2029-30 season.
Cooper said it was important to him to make sure his coaching staff, which includes Derek Lalonde, Jeff Halpern, Rob Zettler, Frantz Jean, Nigel Kirwan and Brian Garlock, also received extensions.
«It wasn’t about my contract,» he said. Cooper. “He made sure all the staff expanded. We’re all in this together, so I didn’t want any of this to be announced or done until everyone was secured. «
Cooper will also train Canada in the Olympic Games from Beijing’22 in February.