Lightning part ways with coaches Rick Bowness, Brad Lauer

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The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Thursday that associate coach Rick Bowness and assistant coach Brad Lauer won’t be returning next season.

“[Head coach] Jon Cooper and I, along with the entire organization, would like to thank Rick and Brad for their service to the Lightning,” general manager Steve Yzerman said in a press release. “Rick has served a significant role on our coaching staff since 2013, while Brad has been a part of two teams that reached the Eastern Conference Final. We appreciate all their knowledge and effort.”

The Lightning were eliminated last week by the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Bowness joined the club in 2013, following seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. He oversaw Tampa Bay’s defensive unit and penalty kill.

Lauer has been with the team since 2015.

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