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Verbeek hired as pro scout

As per TBO, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that it has added Pat Verbeek to its pro scouting staff. This is the first "official hire" that Steve Yzerman has made. Verbeek spent the previous four season in Detroit as an AHL and NHL coach for the Red Wings. He also garnered the nickname "Little Ball of Hate" during his career, during which he played two seasons with Yzerman in Detroit.

Elliotte Friedman on Boucher

In Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts this week, he gives a little insight as to why Boucher will accept the Lightning coaching position and turned it down in Columbus.

Why did Boucher choose the Lightning? Hint: it's not just the sun and sand.

Without actually hearing from the man (I finished this early Tuesday morning), word is the biggest reason was time. As in, he's got more of it in Tampa.

When Steve Yzerman took over, he preached patience. "It's going to take some time" was his mantra, repeating it often and to everyone. It's the right path for that organization, attempting to recover from Brian Lawton's Reign of Error. Clearly, Jeff Vinik understands Yzerman's path is the right one.

For more about Guy Boucher, check out the St. Petersburg Times or the Columbus Dispatch's articles on him.