Are The Lightning Actually Hiring Barry Melrose?

Welp, there goes ESPN’s entire hockey department. (Maybe.) Barry Melrose is the center of a semi-opaque rumor that he’s going to be the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, even 24 hours after his parent company ran a story saying he was “enjoying his life as an ESPN analyst,” that he always gets asked to coach an NHL team every year, and would rather keep his current position in Bristol.

Barry Melrose and the Tampa Bay Lightning

And yet here we are, with Tampa expected to hire Melrose and fire John Tortorella, the man under whom they won a Stanley Cup.

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