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Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Rick Tocchet as Head Coach

Published by on May 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning have decided to make Rick Tocchet their full time coach.The team made the announcement Monday that they have signed Tocchet to a contract extension.

The terms of the deal were not announced.

“It’s something we’re proud to do and wanted to do,” said team owner Oren Koules. “He’s a character guy. He’s absolutely our guy.”

The former NHL star took over in mid-November after Barry Melrose was fired.

Tampa Bay, hampered by injuries, went 19-33-14 under Tocchet, and dressed 50 players in 2008-2009. 22 of those players were defencemen.

"Now I’m on the clock,” the 45-year-old Tocchet said.

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