(AUDIO) Jon Cooper: I Would Want Nothing More than For Stamkos to Play in the Olympics BUT It’s Not His Job

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Tampa Bay Lighting Head Coach Jon Cooper joined Booger and Rich to talk about last night’s comeback win against the Islanders Tuesday night.

Cooper told Booger and Rich that the Lightning has had trouble on the road ever since their west coast road trip. They’ve had issues scoring goals and he even mentioned travel issues but said that last night the team rallied for a big win.

When asked about the loss of Steven Stamkos, Cooper said that he is an elite player and it’s affecting the team’s depth because guys like Valteri Filppula and Tyler Johnson have to match up against their opponent’s best players. Cooper did say that he was proud of his team for not hanging their heads. They’ve continued to press on.

One major issue has been whether or not Stamkos should play for Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Cooper said that he would want nothing more than for Stamkos to play in the Olympics because it’s every 4 years and a huge honor but it’s not his job. Cooper said if you speak to Stamkos, he’ll tell you his number one goal is to win the Stanley Cup and being healthy for the Lightning is a top priority for Cooper and GM Steve Yzerman.

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