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08:24 AM ET 03.25 | Often, when the team sinks, the coach goes -- and now it's up to Steve Yzerman to find Tampa Bay's next coach of the future. If, as speculation suggests, the Lightning's options for a new coach are down to former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff -- the presumed front-runner -- and AHL Syracuse coach Jon Cooper, there couldn't be a more stark choice for [Yzerman]. Ruff, 53, fired in February after 16 seasons with Buffalo, knows the NHL ropes. He also has ties to Yzerman and Tampa Bay players Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos through Team Canada. Cooper, 45, became a hot commodity after leading AHL Norfolk last season to the Calder Cup championship, and he gets much credit for developing the Lightning rookies.

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March 25, 2013  08:42 AM ET

I heard rumblings of Lindy Ruff?!?! Yikes. I think I'd take Boucher over Ruff.

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March 25, 2013  08:49 AM ET

If the TBL rookies are so gosh darned good, then why are they not even close to the playoffs?

Cooper may be a good coach, but winning one Calder Cup (beating the Marlies) and developing a few rookies is not exactly a strong resume

March 25, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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I think Ruff is what they need right now.Ruff lasted in Buffalo so long because Buffalo's roster never lasted more than a few seasons. His act never wore out. He wouldn't coach Tampa for more than 3 or 4 years and in that regard I think he could command respect the way Torts did upon arriving in NY, Hitch in STL, Duhruyl in LA etc.

this is a good point I think.

March 25, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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I think Ruff is what they need right now.Ruff lasted in Buffalo so long because Buffalo's roster never lasted more than a few seasons. His act never wore out. He wouldn't coach Tampa for more than 3 or 4 years and in that regard I think he could command respect the way Torts did upon arriving in NY, Hitch in STL, Duhruyl in LA etc.

Maybe a change of scenery for both these coaches would be good for them.

The firing is not a total surprise but I thought other coaches would be gone before him....I'm looking at you and your stupid mullet Capuano!!

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March 25, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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If the TBL rookies are so gosh darned good, then why are they not even close to the playoffs?Cooper may be a good coach, but winning one Calder Cup (beating the Marlies) and developing a few rookies is not exactly a strong resume

I dunno. Boudreau had a similar resume and has done pretty well (not in the playoffs I admit). I think I'd make the move w/Cooper were it my choice.

March 25, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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I dunno. Boudreau had a similar resume and has done pretty well (not in the playoffs I admit). I think I'd make the move w/Cooper were it my choice.

Your Boys are waking up Slappy. Is it in time ?

March 25, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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Your Boys are waking up Slappy. Is it in time ?

Hope so HC. But I'm not putting any money on it. I am pleased w/Holtby though. I hope he's the real deal and will be around for the next decade for us to count on. This year? The team is 50-50 to make it in.

March 25, 2013  09:43 AM ET

"Cooper, 45, became a hot commodity after leading AHL Norfolk last season to the Calder Cup championship, and he gets much credit for developing the Lightning rookies."

The Flyers thought the same thing about John Stevens. That worked for about a year and a half before it became clear that Stevens wasn't quite as good at the NHL level.

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March 25, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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I dunno. Boudreau had a similar resume and has done pretty well (not in the playoffs I admit). I think I'd make the move w/Cooper were it my choice.

It worked for Boudreau and Bylsma, but both those guys were in the organization so they knew the players and they knew the system. I don't know how well it would work if you brought an AHL coach in from outside the system.

March 25, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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It worked for Boudreau and Bylsma, but both those guys were in the organization so they knew the players and they knew the system. I don't know how well it would work if you brought an AHL coach in from outside the system.

Good point. I had not thought about that.

March 25, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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Cappy's got your boys two points out of a spot! Aren't these the good times?!(Hopefully Garth doesn't trade your next two firsts for magic beans or call up Rickety or something)

We'd likely be in a spot if not for all the 3rd period meltdowns.

Having a losing record (by a wide margin) at home is unacceptable. Cappy will never be an elite coach and Cappy doesn't know how to match lines at ALL and he seems to never get the guys motivated.

Even a bad coach could have his team with a .500 record at home.

March 25, 2013  11:05 AM ET

You can coach all the AHL talent/prospects in the world but sometimes it doesn't translate to the NHL level. I think Boudreau and Blysma are part of a select group of coaches that make it from AHL moving up. Can't think of any others.

March 25, 2013  11:08 AM ET
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You can coach all the AHL talent/prospects in the world but sometimes it doesn't translate to the NHL level. I think Boudreau and Blysma are part of a select group of coaches that make it from AHL moving up. Can't think of any others.

I'd add Bob Hartley to the mix he was great in Hershey called up to the big league and won a cup with Colorado.

March 25, 2013  11:35 AM ET
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I heard rumblings of Lindy Ruff?!?! Yikes. I think I'd take Boucher over Ruff.

In other words, you don't like it Ruff?

March 25, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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I heard rumblings of Lindy Ruff?!?! Yikes. I think I'd take Boucher over Ruff.

Why? Ruff made it to the Cup finals, as Asst. coach, has 300 wins as a coach, while Boucher has less than 100 as coach. Experience and a known tough coach might be what Yzerman needs behind the glass.

March 25, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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Maybe a change of scenery for both these coaches would be good for them. The firing is not a total surprise ....

GoldenEye needs more seasoning ... in the minors or, as an Assistant Coach somewhere. I'm still not convinced he has what it takes to coach the bigs.

 
March 25, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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I'd add Bob Hartley to the mix he was great in Hershey called up to the big league and won a cup with Colorado.

The Flames coach?

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