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NHL notes: Rick Bowness gets new gig with Tampa Bay Lightning

Vancouver Canucks Manny Malhotra (L) talks with associate coach Rick Bowness during a team hockey...

Vancouver Canucks Manny Malhotra (L) talks with associate coach Rick Bowness during a team hockey practice for the NHL Stanley Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia June 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

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, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

Former Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Rick Bowness is making a move to Florida.

Bowness, who was fired along with head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant Newell Brown last month, resurfaced Monday with the Tampa Bay Lightning after being hired as an associate coach to Jon Cooper.

"We are extremely pleased to add Rick Bowness to our coaching staff today," Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. "With 24 years of NHL coaching experience as both a head coach and an assistant, we are confident Rick will be a valuable addition. We look forward to having him behind the bench next season."

Bowness spent seven years with the Canucks. He's been the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes.

Cooper was hired by the Lightning in March to replace Guy Boucher.

HABS AXE GOALIE COACH

The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that goaltending coach Pierre Groulx's contract will not be renewed.

"I want to sincerely thank Pierre Groulx for his contribution to the Canadiens' organization over the past four years," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said on the team's website. "Pierre is a coach with a strong work ethic, a true professional who largely contributed to the development of our goaltenders. Unfortunately, we have to make the difficult decision today not to renew his contract with the team. I want to wish Pierre the best of luck with the pursuit of his career."

Carey Price's struggles late in the season -- and playoffs -- could be the reason the Canadiens will look for another goalie coach. Price was 21-13-4 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 39 regular-season games but was 1-2 with a 3.26 GAA and .894 SP in the playoffs.

Groulx spent four seasons with the Canadiens and worked previously with the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators.

CLOUSTON RESURFACES

Former Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston is headed back to the junior ranks.

Clouston was hired as coach of the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders Monday, returning him to the league where he made a name for himself. Clouston coached the Brandon Wheat Kings for one season (2011-12) after a lengthy stint with the Kootenay Ice before he was hired by the Sens.

"We are excited to have Cory join our team," Raiders general manager Bruno Campese said in a press release. "He brings experience from different levels and has a proven track record of winning. Cory's work ethic is second to none and is very disciplined in his approach."

Clouston, who signed a two-year deal with a club option for a third, replaces Steve Young as coach of the Raiders. Young's contract was not renewed after Prince Albert finished fifth in the Eastern Conference but were swept in the first round of the playoffs by Red Deer.

HAWKS INK GOALIE

The Chicago Blackhawks added another talented young goalie to their stable of talent Monday.

The Hawks signed 24-year-old Antti Raanta, the top goalie in the Finnish SM-liiga this season, to a one-year-contract.

Raanta went 21-10-11 with five shutouts, a 1.85 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in 45 games with Assat Pori. He was named the league's best goalie and MVP of the regular season and playoffs.

A number of other teams were reportedly interested in signing Raanta, including Minnesota, Edmonton and Columbus.

'YOTES PROSPECT BOLTS

Phoenix Coyotes prospect Maxim Goncharov spurned the NHL team to sign with SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 23-year-old defenceman was a fifth-round pick of the Coyotes in the 2007 draft but never played a regular-season NHL game. He spent the 2012-13 season with Portland of the AHL, recording two goals and 13 assists in 44 games.


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