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Forward Cory Conacher returns to the Lightning after playing in Swiss League

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Forward Cory Conacher, who had his greatest success with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is coming home.

Conacher, 26, is returning to the Lightning. In 2012-2013, he had nine goals and 15 assists for the Bolts. Later that season, he was traded (with a No. 4 draft pick) for goaltender Ben Bishop.

Conacher played 79 games for Ottawa in 2013-2014 and 15 for the Islanders in 2024-2015. Last year, Conacher played with Bern SC of the Swiss-A league.

The 5-foot-8, 182-pound forward has appeared in 166 career American Hockey League games, recording 67 goals and 153 points. Conacher set career highs during the 2011-12 AHL season, posting 39 goals and 80 points in 75 games with the Norfolk Admirals, the Lightning’s top affiliate. That season, Conacher led the Admirals to a Calder Cup Championship and was awarded the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s regular season MVP.

Conacher went undrafted and originally signed as a free agent with the Bolts on March 3, 2012.

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