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Mike Sullivan named associate coach of Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. - Mike Sullivan is returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning bench.

The NHL team has named him associate coach, a position he held with the Lightning last season.

"He's been here and knows the players well, and he's an upgrade to the overall quality of our coaching," Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said in a release Tuesday. "Mike is highly respected throughout the league and has been successful as a head coach at the NHL, AHL and international levels."

Sullivan, a former head coach of the Boston Bruins, will work alongside interim head coach Rick Tocchet, who replaced the fired Barry Melrose earlier this month.

The team also announced that assistant coach Cap Raeder will become the team's goaltending coach.

Wes Walz will remain as an assistant on Tocchet's staff.

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