Source: Tocchet will return to Tampa

Rick Tocchet will be back as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning next season, a team source told ESPN.com Saturday.

The Lightning will announce a contract extension for Tocchet in the near future.

Tocchet took over for the fired Barry Melrose on Nov. 14. The Ligntning are 21-31-13, third to last in the Eastern Conference.

Pierre LeBrun is an NHL writer for ESPN.com.