Lightning fire Tortorella with one season remaining on contract

Updated: June 3, 2008, 7:54 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TAMPA, Fla. -- John Tortorella was fired Tuesday as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, four years after leading the team to its only Stanley Cup title. He had one season remaining on his contract.

The Lightning were 239-222-36-38 and made the playoffs four times in 6 seasons under Tortorella, who took over a perennial last-place team in January 2001 and -- along with stars Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards -- helped transform it into a championship contender in three ...

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