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Rick Bowness signs multi-year extension with Lightning

Rick Bowness has been on coach Jon Cooper's staff since the 2013-14 season, in charge of the defense and penalty kill, which ranked fifth in the league last seeason.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Rick Bowness has been on coach Jon Cooper's staff since the 2013-14 season, in charge of the defense and penalty kill, which ranked fifth in the league last seeason.

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Associate coach Rick Bowness has signed a multi-year extension with the Lightning.

Bowness, 61, told the Tampa Bay Times last week he had a "couple" years on the deal.

"No plans to go anywhere," Bowness said.

Bowness has been on coach Jon Cooper's staff since the 2013-14 season, in charge of the defense and penalty kill, which ranked fifth in the league last seeason. Cooper has also credited Bowness, a former head coach in his fourth decade in the NHL, of helping teach him the league, a valuable resource in many areas.

Bowness surpassed the 2,000 game mark last season, but is still chasing his first Stanley Cup. The Lightning lost in the Stanley Cup Final last year and lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final this season. "We know we're close," he said.

And Bowness said he's "not even close" to retiring.

"The day I wake up and don't want to go to the rink, that's the day I'll retire," he said. "A long way from that."

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:24pm]

    

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