• Ken Campbell of The Hockey News insists there could be changes made in the coaching department of the Tampa Bay Lightning skaters aren’t putting in the necessary effort for their bench boss. “Those who follow the Lightning closely claim that is not the case, but the point might be moot. In the two years since his team came within a goal of going to the Stanley Cup final, Guy Boucher has been unable to cajole any kind of consistency of effort out of his group.” Campbell suggests Lindy Ruff or Jon Cooper could get the call to replace Boucher in the offseason.
  • The Miami Herald reports Alex Kovalev has quietly retired as a player in the NHL. According to GM Dale Tallon, Kovalev signed his retirement papers and is no longer a member of the Florida Panthers.

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