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Lightning adds former Ducks’ assistant Brad Lauer to coaching staff

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has added an assistant coach who might fit right in.

After all, in his last assignment, coach Brad Lauer lost to the Chicago Blackhawks, too.

Lauer spent the last four seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, including last season when he was associate head coach. He was in charge of the Ducks’ power play, which was 28th in the league.

However, the Ducks were 51-24-7 and had 109 points, most in the Western Conference. Anaheim lost to the Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals. After the season, the Ducks announced that Lauer would not be retained.

Lauer, 48, was a second-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in the 1985 draft. He played 323 NHL games for the Islanders, Senators, Blackhawks and Penguins.

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