Barry Melrose Reportedly Fired from Tampa Bay Lightning

Shane House@sghcantcopyAnalyst INovember 14, 2008

Breaking news! TSN reports today that the Tampa Bay Lightning have let go Barry Melrose after 16 games in. Apparently his record of 5-7-4 wasn't a good enough start to the year for the Lightning and saw no progress possible. Rick Tocchet will take his place.

Apparently right from the beginning Barry Melrose didn't have full control of the team. It has been said that owner Oren Koules had been in the dressing room during games dictating who plays. And it was even said that he wrote plays for the team.

But obviously those are just reports.

Brian Lawton who is the executive General Manager of the Lightning, said this:

“This was a tough decision to make. Barry is a good man and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish him nothing but success.  However, the results were unacceptable and the players have to understand that we need to be better. Hopefully this change helps push them.

“As for Rick Tocchet, we think this is a great opportunity for him and we believe he’s the type of coach who can take the team to the next level. Our players have a great deal of respect for him.”

Rick Tocchet will be the interim coach until somebody better comes along or he proves he can handle the duties.

The next game for the Lightning is on Sunday in Carolina. Over/Under is 5.5 and the Tampa Bay Lightning are 1.90 to win by one goal and 2.70 to win by two.

Just thought I'd let Tocchet know.