March 13, 2019 | 11:56am ET
COOPER, LIGHTNING NOT CONCERNED OVER CONTRACT
Jon Cooper, head coach
Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is in the final year of his contract and is due for a hefty raise this summer.
All signs point to Cooper re-signing with the Lightning, and neither side appears to be concerned a deal hasn’t been ironed out just yet.
During Tuesday night’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, Pierre LeBrun reported Cooper and his family are comfortable in Tampa and want to stay, and that his next contract could see him earn between $3 million and $4 million, per season, which would put him just under the top-five paid coaches in the NHL.
The average NHL coach salary is $2.25 million, and Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock leads the way with an annual salary of $6.25 million.
Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien is the second-highest paid coach in the NHL at $5 million, per season, while former Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville ($6.25M) and former New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault ($4.13M) are still being paid but were both relieved of their duties last season.