Ducks happy for Lauer to land with Lightning
With Lightning assistant Brad Lauer set to coach against the Ducks tonight for the first time since Anaheim fired him in the offseason, he said there's no bitterness in how it ended.
"I had a great four years there, we did some special things, had a special group," Lauer, 49, said. "I enjoyed it, was great for my career as a coach, good experience. I don't really have anything bad, negative to say. Our business is a business and changes are made, and you live with them, you get better as a coach and as a person and you move on."
Nobody was happier to see Lauer land with the Lightning than Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.
"You hate to lose anybody at any point in time, whether it is yourself or another coach on the staff," Boudreau said. "But good people, you reallly like to see them get right back in the door. He wouldn't have gotten that opportunity if he wasn't a real good person or real good coach."
Boudreau and Ducks star Corey Perry raved about Lauer's communication skills and work ethic. "When you had a question, you could always go to him and he'd have the answer," Perry said.
Coach Jon Cooper had history with Lauer, having went to high school together in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Cooper quipped Lauer was his ticket hook-up for Islanders games in the mid-1980s, when Lauer played for New York and Cooper was at Hofstra.They kept in touch, and when George Gwozdecky left the Lightning staff in June, the Lightning found Lauer as the right fit.
"When we were doing our homework, Brad's name kept coming up," Cooper said. "The more homework we did, the better he looked."