Sheldon Keefe’s two-year extension with the Maple Leafs removes a name from the list of head coaches entering the final year of their respective contracts.
But there’s still a six pack of coaches on expiring contracts coming in this season and one that could be set up to collect a well-deserved raise that could put him in the top tier of salaries.
We’ll take a look:
Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay
Now that Julien BriseBois has extended his GM role with the two-time defending Cup champions, it stands to reason that Cooper has also started talks to extend what sources confirmed last week. A lot of people in the league are curious to see what he signs for next. Coach salaries have increased dramatically over the past few years and whether it’s the pandemic or not, I feel some owners want to put the brakes on that a bit. But Jeff Vinik is not just any owner. How the Stanley Cup champion coach will be paid in his next contract could influence further negotiations. Last time in March 2019, near the end of a 62-game winning regular season, Cooper signed a three-year contract worth around $ 3.5 million a year, which was obviously a nice increase. for him, but below the salary of 5 million dollars as Alain Vigneault in Philadelphia, Todd McLellan in Los Angeles or Claude Julien in Montreal did.