Lightning have reportedly decided the future of Jon Cooper

He's been on the job for over 11 years now.

Michael W.

The winningest coach in Tampa Bay Lightning history doesn't appear to be going anywhere. 

According to Lightning general manager Julian BriseBois, who took over the position from Steve Yzerman, Cooper doesn't belong behind anyone else's bench other than Tampa Bay.

"Like all the great coaches, it starts with leadership skills. Really high on leadership skills. Really high emotional intelligence. Never gets too high. Never gets too low. I think that allows him to weather the storms because there are storms," BriseBois said of Cooper. "This is a tough league. It’s a cutthroat business. The other teams are really good. They’re trying to win. We’re trying to win. It’s the elite against the elite.

"Coop, again this year, did a fabulous job. I love our coaching staff and love working with him. I feel privileged to be able to continue to work with him. I feel privileged to have been able to work with him the past 14 years going back to our Norfolk days.

"He’s a special coach and he’s the best guy for the job."

Cooper, who has been on the job for over 11 years now, has led the Lightning to back-to-back Stanley Cup victories followed by a third appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. 

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Source: TSN