On Monday, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced the addition of Rick Bowness as an associate coach. Cooper, who said the move was a “no-brainer,” has delegated Bowness to lead the defense and penalty kill for Tampa Bay.
Bowness, 58, was fired last month after seven seasons as an assistant for the Vancouver Canucks under Alain Vigneault. Bowness is known as a human playbook around the league and Tampa Bay cited his “vast knowledge” of the NHL in the hiring.
He has been either a head coach or assistant coach for the last 24 years, with