TAMPA — Oh, how disappointing to not get to go one-on-one with “The Mullet.” When Barry Melrose was hired as the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning more than a decade removed from his last NHL head coaching stint, I wondered if he would still be behind the bench by the time the Boston Bruins landed here.
Well, that question was answered last month, when general manager Brian Lawton dismissed Melrose and promoted former assistant Rick Tocchet to interim head coach. Alas, the removal of the former ESPN talking head has not changed the club’s fortunes. The Lightning are 1-3-4 under Tocchet. And the club’s propensity for losing one-goal games has continued. The Lightning are 4-4-8 in one-goal contests, including 0-0-4 under Tocchet. (more…)