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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (47) / 8/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 167

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Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said the Lightning had been using advanced stats for a couple years before he arrived in 2010.
Statistical analyst, Michael Peterson, has been with the team for four seasons. His duties include: providing analytical and statistical evaluation for hockey operations, contract valuation, as well as giving recommendations for the draft, free agency and trades. "The whole advanced stats industry in the NHL is still relatively in the infant stages," Yzerman said. "We're all trying to figure out what is relevant and what is not relevant. We're all looking at different ways of making better decisions in trying to figure out what are those, and come up with ideas of our own." Aug 7 - 10:50 AM

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Lightning coach Jon Cooper attempted to temper expectations after the club made some improvements to their roster during the off-season.

"We probably made more moves than people thought we would make. But we needed to address some issues at certain positions," Cooper said. "A lot of our season may have been masked by some outstanding goaltending by Ben Bishop, but the playoffs was a bit of a wake-up call for us." The Bolts definitely look better on paper, especially on the back end, but Cooper is right to be guarded. "All of a sudden you tweak your lineup a little bit and people are expecting the world out of your team," he added. "It's funny how that works. Because it was just 12 months ago we were looked at as a bottom-feeder in the League. Now I want to see how much we've grown from our playoff experience and through this summer. I'm really excited to see if this team can take another step."
Aug 4 - 3:14 PM

Jay Feaster has been hired as the executive director of community hockey development for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He was the general manager of Tampa Bay when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2004. An official announcement from the club is expected to come on Monday.
Jul 3 - 11:33 AM

Tampa Bay has a scheduling conflict on one of their home dates.

Their contest against Montreal on April 7 is the same date that an NCAA Women's Basketball championship game is slated to take place. "We are aware of the scheduling conflict for the April 7 date and we are working with all involved parties on a proper resolution," Lightning spokesman Bill Wickett said. The NHL hasn't responded to the issue yet, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Jun 23 - 8:33 AM

Jon Cooper is humbled to be listed alongside Mike Babcock and Patrick Roy as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award.

"My name is being thrown around with Patrick Roy. He's still a Hall of Fame goaltender in this league. And Mike Babcock … is probably eventually going to be a Hall of Fame coach in the league," Cooper said. "So it's one of those, 'Which name is not like the other?' That's kind of what I am." Cooper got nominated because his Tampa Bay Lightning managed to make the playoffs despite losing Steve Stamkos for most of the year and then watching Martin St. Louis be traded once Stamkos was finally healthy.
Jun 22 - 11:09 AM

Tampa Bay will receive the first-round pick of the New York Rangers in this June's draft.

The Lightning received a conditional second-round selection in the Martin St. Louis-Ryan Callahan swap. The Rangers made it to the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, with a win in Game 7 versus Pittsburgh, so that pick becomes a first rounder now.
May 14 - 7:03 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper has been nominated for the Jack Adams Award.

Cooper and the Lightning had to overcome quite a bit this season. They lost Steven Stamkos early on and around the same time he was finally able to return, captain Martin St. Louis demanded a trade. All the same, Cooper finished second in the Atlantic Division with a 46-27-9 record.
May 6 - 12:35 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning want to get bigger and stronger in the off-season.

"We play hard, but sometimes we're not as hard to play against as we need to be," coach Jon Cooper said. "We had a little more flash and dash in our game than grind-it-out. We'll see if we can get a little bigger and stronger as a team and still keep our core guys together." Cooper said it would be "inexcusable" if the Lightning didn't make the playoffs next season and his young group has to continue to improve.
Apr 25 - 7:32 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper gave a positive assessment of his team despite the fact that they're down 3-0 in their first round series against Montreal.

"Just look at Game 3, we played in an extremely hostile, tough environment and I thought we played our best game. The guys are learning, the guys are finding out what playoff hockey is all about and we're getting better. The problem is now we're running out of time so getting better is just not good enough anymore. Now we have to be great," Cooper said. The odds of the Lightning coming back from a 3-0 deficit is minimal, but they still might be able to make Montreal sweat before finally being eliminated.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 22 - 4:38 PM

Tampa Bay has signed GM Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension.

"Since the day Steve agreed to serve as our vice president and general manager, he has worked tirelessly to transform our hockey department and establish the groundwork for sustained success," Lightning chairman and governor Jeff Vinik said. "We are very pleased with Steve's job performance thus far, and I am fully confident Steve remains the right person to continue to lead us." The Lightning own a 144-114-32 record in just under four full seasons with Yzerman at the helm.
Apr 7 - 4:19 PM

The Lightning have been outscored 5-0 in the first periods of their last two games.

They fell behind 2-0 to Calgary on Thursday and 3-0 to Dallas Saturday night. Tampa has clinched a playoff spot, but they will not go very far unless they reverse this trend of falling behind early.
Apr 6 - 10:34 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning will attempt to bounce back from a rough 4-1 loss to Calgary when they play Dallas on Saturday.

The Lightning weren't happy with their effort against one of the worst teams in the league. Tampa Bay has already secured its playoff spot, but the team doesn't want to simply limp into the playoffs. The Stars are desperate for a win as they try to claw their way into the postseason, so the Lightning have their work cut out for them.
Apr 5 - 10:19 AM

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Tampa Bay's power play has been much more dangerous since Steve Stamkos' return to the lineup.

The Lightning have gone 9-for-29 in their past seven games and Stamkos has produced four goals. Even if he isn't doing the scoring himself, it changes how the opposition defends. "Just look at the way he's defended," coach Jon Cooper said. "It's much like the way teams defend (Washington's Alex) Ovechkin. I wouldn't say they cheat, but he's the focal point."
Mar 25 - 8:02 AM

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman won't be back as Canada's executive director.

"It's time to let someone else have a shot at it," Yzerman announced after Team Canada won the gold medal on Sunday. He helped assemble Canada's winning rosters at the past two Winter Olympic Games. It's unclear if he NHL will be back in 2018, but Yzerman will be focused on his role with the Lightning.
Feb 24 - 10:56 AM

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper has been encouraging his players to block more shots.

"You want to win a hockey game, you have to commit to winning a hockey game," Cooper said. "It's a mentality. If that puck has to go through three layers of us to get to the net, so be it. (Goaltender Ben) Bishop should be counted on to make the last save. He shouldn't be counted on to make every save." The Lightning blocked a season-high 28 shots in Sunday's 5-3 win against Carolina, but they rank 22nd overall in the league in that category this season.
Jan 23 - 10:52 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Alex Killorn
4Brenden Morrow
5Brett Connolly
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Richard Panik
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Eric Brewer
7Mark Barberio
8Andrej Sustr
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov