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Lightning extend head coach John Cooper

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In the midst of one of the best seasons in NHL history, the Tampa Bay Lightning have decided to lock up their head coach to a longterm deal before his value gets too high due to a potential deep playoff run.

The team announced Tuesday that they have signed Jon Cooper to a multiyear contract extension, putting an end to speculation that he would reach unrestricted free agency and test the market in the offseason.

“I am very pleased to announce Jon’s extension today…His ability to forge impactful relationships with everyone from players to staff has been a trademark of his tenure with the organization and he is the absolute best coach for our hockey team.” said Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois.

“I would like to thank him and his family for their continuous commitment to the organization, as well as to the Tampa Bay community, and I look forward to working in partnership with Jon for years to come.”

The 51-year old, who is currently the longest tenured NHL head coach, is in his seventh season with the franchise since replacing Guy Boucher midway through the 2012/13 season on March 25, 2013.

Throughout his tenure, the Lightning have posted a combined 302-157-44 regular season record, qualified for the playoffs five times, have reached the Eastern Conference Final twice, and made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 (which ended in a six game elimination by the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks)

If the Lightning are able to live up to expectations this postseason, they will end their 15-year drought and take home the Stanley Cup for the first time since the John Tortorella, Vincent Lecavalier, and Marty St.Louis days in 2004.

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Ovechkin will serve as NHL Ambassador in China next month

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A big name NHL star is going to be the face of hockey in China.

The league announced Thursday that Washington Capitals great Alex Ovechkin will serve as an international ambassador for the NHL when he visits Beijing, China during the week of August 4 next month

“It is a huge honour for me to be an ambassador for the entire Washington Capitals organization and the National Hockey League for this special trip to China,” said Ovechkin.

“I think it is very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is. I can’t wait to spend time with all the hockey fans there and I hope to meet young kids who will be future NHL players. I can’t wait for this trip!”

Among the things Ovechkin will do when in the country is do a full on media tour, attend business meetings, and participate in various youth hockey clinics.

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Former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson’s death most likely a suicide

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Some more sobering information has been revealed about the tragic death of former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson.

According to the Detroit News, Rochester police documents confirm that his death was more likely than not a suicide after a gun and a single bullet were near his body when he was discovered by his wife in the morning on July 7.

No further details of the autopsy have been made public.

Johnson, who was 48 at the time of his passing, spent 12 seasons in the NHL from 1993-2006.

The second round pick in the 1989 NHL Draft amassed 145 goals, 224 assists and 345 penalty minutes over a span of 785 games split between the Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.

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Capitals ink Jakub Vrana to two-year extension

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Another restricted free agent is off the market.

The Washington Capitals announced Tuesday that they have signed forward Jakub Vrana to a two-year, $6.7 million contract extension.

“Jakub is a highly skilled player with a tremendous upside and is a big part of our future” said Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan.

“We are pleased with his development the past two seasons and are looking forward for him to continue to develop and reach his full potential with our organization.”

The 23-year old, who was selected 13th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, posted a career-best 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) and a plus-20 rating in 82 games last season.

He will be entering his fourth NHL season in 2019/2020.

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