Melrose, Bolts still at odds

Updated: December 11, 2008, 11:55 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The war of words between Tampa Bay Lightning co-owner Len Barrie and former coach Barry Melrose is continuing, with Barrie disputing Melrose's claims that he was told whom to play, and calling Melrose's preseason preparation "total negligence," according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Barrie, who owns the Lightning along with Oren Koules, said Wednesday that he did not want to continue the verbal feud with Melrose, who was fired on Nov. 14. However, Barrie said, "I wanted to stick ...

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