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Saturday, March 7, 2009
Updated: March 8, 10:19 PM ET
Source: Tocchet will return to Tampa

By Pierre LeBrun

Rick Tocchet will be back as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning next season, a team source told Saturday.

The Lightning will announce a contract extension for Tocchet in the near future.

Tocchet took over for the fired Barry Melrose on Nov. 14. The Ligntning are 21-31-13, third to last in the Eastern Conference.

Pierre LeBrun is an NHL writer for