People might quibble with a move here or there, but many would agree that an already sneaky-good Tampa Bay Lightning team got quite a bit better this summer.
Maybe that’s why head coach Jon Cooper seemed a little nervous about giving up that “sneaky” part while chatting with NHL.com.
“Make us seem like just a nice, humble, go-lucky Tampa Bay Lightning,” Cooper said. “Not like we’re going to come out and kick everybody’s [behind].”
Playing the underdog can be a lot more comfortable than being prohibitive favorites, especially when you go through a regular season as turbulent as the Bolts did in 2013-14.
Combine great offseason moves with all the trials from last season (injuries to key players like Steven Stamkos and Ben Bishop along, the Martin St. Louis drama) and it’s tempting to pencil the Lightning in as a top East contender, but Cooper is right to note that what
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