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Jon Cooper is preparing for his first full season behind the bench of the Lightning.
Former coach Guy Boucher inherited a squad that had all of the pieces in place already. He used those pieces and went to the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, the NHL has its ebbs and flows.
A similar team failed to reach the playoffs in 2011-12 and didn’t perform to a high level in 2012-13, which led to a change behind the bench. Now, coach Jon Cooper inherits a similar team, but he was allowed to hold auditions for roster spots for the second half of the 2013 season.
How much influence will Cooper have on the decisions made by general manager Steve Yzerman? Yzerman has said some significant changes will be made this offseason (via The Tampa Tribune).