Behind the Bolts

An Evening with Steve Yzerman and Jon Cooper

On Tuesday, July 9, the Tampa Bay Lightning held a VIP cocktail event at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Broadcaster Rick Peckham emceed a special session with head coach Jon Cooper and General Manager Steve Yzerman.

Yzerman and Cooper talked about their impressions from Development Camp, what the signing of Valtteri Filppula means to the organization, reaction from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and their excitement of how the roster will be shaped during training camp. The following are video segements from this event.

Yzerman on the State of the Team

Steve Yzerman introduces the Bolts' first-round draft picks from the last two years, and discusses the state of the team. (Play Time: 13:22 Minutes)

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Cooper on State of the Team

Jon Cooper discusses what it's been like to work within the Lightning organization over the past 3 seasons. (Play Time: 6:22 Minutes)

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Yzerman on Division Alignment

Steve Yzerman discusses how the division realignment will effect the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Play Time: 1:58 Minutes)

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Cooper on AHL to NHL

Jon Cooper discusses how he has made the transition from the AHL to the NHL along with several players this past season. (Play Time: 5:15 Minutes)

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Yzerman on Lecavalier

Steve Yzerman discusses his decision to buyout Vinny Lecavalier and what it means for the team moving forward. (Play Time: 4:07 Minutes)

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Yzerman on Filppula

Steve Yzerman discusses the decision to sign Valtteri Filppula and what he can bring to the Lightning. (Play Time: 1:45 Minutes)

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Yzerman & Cooper on Strategy to Win

Steve Yzerman and Jon Cooper discuss their strategy of success for the upcoming season. (Play Time: 4:02 Minutes)

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Peckham and Yzerman on Prospects & Drafting

Rick Peckham and Steve Yzerman discuss the Lightning's philosophy of drafting well and developing prospects within the organization. (Play Time: 3:58 Minutes)

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Cooper on Team Leadership

Jon Cooper discusses what it takes to be a leader and who possess those capabilities on the Lightning. (Play Time: 2:10 Minutes)

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Yzerman on Franchise Players

Steve Yzerman discusses whether the age of franchise players in the NHL is now a thing of the past. (Play Time: 2:59 Minutes)

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Cooper on Defensive Philosophy

Jon Cooper discusses his philosophy on how he would like the team to play defense, moving forward. (Play Time: 2:52 Minutes)

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