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Barry Melrose, head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has been fired.
They gave him 16 games and fired him. Fired him and replaced him with Tocchet.
It's not that I didn't see Mr. Melrose's pink slip as inevitable, (esp. with the current Lightning owenership), I just didn't think they'd fire him after 16 games. Though, considering the Lightning have been trading players like candy, I guess I shouldn't be that surprised.
But how do you not give a guy a real chance to get things going?
Good luck Lightning, I think you're going to need it.