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Lightning Round: Cory Conacher appears to be leaving for Switzerland

The AHL created a special task force to prepare for the new season.

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Yesterday, Tracey pointed out that Cory Conacher posted on his Instagram story a photo from a training room tagging the official instagram of the Lausanne HC and Josh Jooris who is currently playing for that team, which might be a confirmation that Conacher will sign a contract with the Swiss team.

Earlier this year, we already mentioned some rumours about his potential departure to Europe. The information hasn’t been confirmed yet officially but we can probably expect it in near future. Unlike the NHL, the NLA has already cancelled the rest of their 2019-20 season without awarding the winner and is preparing to start 2020-21 with a regular schedule.

In yesterday’s article, Hardev also mentioned that Cory Conacher could be a part of an extended roster for the this year’s postseason, considering his solid NHL background. However, he still could have expected just a role of a backup.

During the 2019-20 regular season, Conacher registered 38 (14+24) points in 44 games with the Syracuse Crunch and one assists in four game with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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The AHL announced yesterday the creation of a special Return to Play task force, the primary purpose of which will be preparing a plan for the AHL’s return for the 2020-21 season. The task force includes some big names from the hockey world, including former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic polled head coaches of every NHL team on their picks for the Selke Trophy Award. Anthony Cirelli received just one vote and several honorable mentions

And finally, Cirelli got some respect with one vote, plus he got mentioned a bunch of times from other coaches saying the young Lightning forward was on the rise for this award.

Yesterday was also the last day for media members to submit their NHL awards ballot.

Dom Luszczyszyn did a breakdown of the worst NHL free agents of the last decade. Matt Carle ended up in ninth place [The Athletic, paid content]

Carle still played well, but it was evident how large of an effect Pronger had on his numbers. In Tampa Bay, Carle didn’t have a Pronger to play with (Victor Hedman wasn’t at that level just yet) and naturally, his numbers were much closer to what he put up in his final year as a Flyer than the two before. Though his play-driving numbers slipped considerably from his Flyers’ days, Carle was a fine No. 3 defender over the first three years in Tampa Bay, but that’s also not what he was being paid to be.

The Vegas Golden Knights signed a two-year extension with a forward Ryan Reeves.

The Winnipeg Jets were pretty busy yesterday, announcing two signings.

After 14 seasons and over 800 games in the NHL, Roman Polak is returning to his homeland Czech Republic after signing a deal with HC Vitkovice.