Friday, November 14, 2008

Lightning Fire Melrose, Tocchet Takes Over

Barry Melrose was fired today after just 16 games. Associate Coach Rick Tocchet has been promoted in interm head coach. This is what Executive Vice President and General Manger Brian Lawton had to say:

"It was a tough decision to make," Lawton said, "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 will push them."

Melrose was the sixth coach in Tampa Bay Lightning history and compiled a 5-7-4 record during his tenure.

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