Lightning hire Melrose as new head coach
ESPN analyst Barry Melrose will be introduced as the Tampa Bay Lightning's new head coach at a news conference Tuesday.
Hello, Old Friend
The mullet's held up well over the years. Question is, has Barry Melrose stood the test of time now that he's ready to be reintroduced to NHL coaching circles? A look at the league the last time he coached:
|Leading scorer||Jaromir Jagr (70 pts)|
|Hart Trophy||Eric Lindros|
|Calder Trophy||Peter Forsberg|
|Best record||Red Wings|
|Stanley Cup winner||Devils|
|Vincent Lecavalier||14 years old|
Monday's news conference was held to introduce the remaining members of the ownership group led by Oren Koules, a Hollywood producer, and Len Barrie, a one-time NHL player who's now a real estate developer in Canada.Hollywood producer Mark Burg, attorney and investment banker Russell Belinsky, advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard C. Lehman and Tampa Bay area-based business executives Irwin Novack and Craig Sher are the partners. Last week, the NHL board of governors unanimously approved the sale to Koules' OK Hockey, which agreed to pay $206 million for the team, the leasehold rights to the St. Pete Times Forum and about 5.5 acres of land adjacent to the downtown arena. The sale is expected to be finalized by the end of the month. The Lightning have been owned since 1999 by Palace Sports & Entertainment, a group led by Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson, which helped transform them from a last-place team into the 2004 Stanley Cup champions. Koules vowed the team will be "staggeringly active" in free agency to acquire players to put around No. 1 draft pick Steve Stamkos and help the Lightning get back on track in a hurry. "We're not buying something that's broke," Barrie said. "It just needs to be tweaked." Barrie is confident the Lightning can be competitive despite a budget that won't allow them to spend as much as some other teams. "If you make good hockey decisions, it isn't always the team that spends the most money. That's been proven over and over again," Barrie said. "Everyone always comes up and says we want to be like the Detroit Red Wings. We're not going to say that. Who we want to be is the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, who were last-place teams that turned it around really quickly with smart or shrewd moves, some luck in the draft and the goalie stepping up," he said. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.