Melrose experiment fails miserably in Tampa Bay

Updated: November 15, 2008, 3:51 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

"Most people think it's going to be one of two things. It's going to be a roaring success or it's going to be a bomb." -- Tampa Bay Lightning owner Oren Koules to ESPN.com on the day Barry Melrose was introduced as head coach June 24.

"Sorry. It's been a bad day. A very bad day." -- Koules late Friday in explaining why he couldn't talk.

Late Friday afternoon the answer to Oren Koules' rhetorical questionnaire was in: Kaboom.

Just 16 games into his comeback as ...

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