The Elbow staff
TAMPA BAY, FL – Lightning head coach Jon Cooper reportedly took Nikita Kucherov aside during the first intermission of Thursday night's game against Detroit to offer him some advice about his goal scoring.
According to a team source, Cooper has been unhappy with Kucherov's recent performances, insisting that he "tone it down a little".
"There are still over five months left to go in the season, dude...Chill the fuck out," he was overheard saying.
The conversation got heated at one point, with Cooper saying that he'd had enough of it being made to look so easy.
"I’ve had enough of your Russian dazzle dazzle. At this point you're just showing off and it's quite annoying, to be honest."
"Your teammates all see it, and they're not impressed either."
The pep talk didn't seem to make a difference, however, as the Russian was later seen trying to goad several of his teammates into doing the Flying V while skating backwards.