Erik Erlendsson is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have fired Barry Melrose and named Rick Tocchet Interim Head Coach.
And with that, the Lightning are now officially spending more on ex-Head Coaches this season than they are on veteran blueliners. The new ownership is learning some hard lessons. There's not much else you can say.
From TSN, "This was a tough decision to make," Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian 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 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."