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Melrose returns to ESPN as analyst

Updated: December 5, 2008, 9:59 AM ET
ESPN.com

Barry Melrose is coming back to ESPN.

Melrose, fired in November by the Tampa Bay Lightning, will be back on ESPN's hockey coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2009. The same day, the NHL will play its annual Winter Classic game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Melrose joins Matthew Barnaby as an ESPN hockey analyst.

"I am very, very excited about coming back home to ESPN where I have had so many great years," Melrose said in an ESPN statement. "I look forward to analyzing people being fired ...

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