Tampa Bay Lightning fires Norfolk coach Jim Johnson, goalies coach Cap Raeder
In the latest bit of housecleaning from the previous regime, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday fired Norfolk coach Jim Johnson and roving goaltenders coach Cap Raeder. Somewhat of a surprise as both, especially Johnson, were lauded by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman for the way they ran the recent development camp. Yzerman went as far as to say he and Johnson were "on the same page."
Regardless, no replacements have been named. Here is the announcement from the team:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have elected not to retain Norfolk Admirals head coach Jim Johnson or organizational goaltending coach Cap Raeder, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Yzerman and Assistant General Manager Julien BriseBois will begin the search process to replace both coaches right away.
"We’d like to thank both Jim and Cap for their service to the Lightning and Admirals organizations," said Yzerman in making the announcements. "As we continued to the assess the coaching situations for the two teams, we elected to move in a different direction with both of these positions. We wish both men all the best as they move forward."
Johnson was named to the position of Norfolk head coach on January 17, 2010, posting a 15-5-2 record. Raeder was hired on July 8, 2008 and worked with organizational goaltenders in both Tampa and Norfolk.
Additionally, the organization has granted permission to Lightning associate coach Rick Wilson to seek employment with other teams, although he continues to remain under contract with the Lightning.