The Lightning are off to a 5-7-4 start, good for 13th in the Eastern Conference and have lost five out of their last six games.
From the team release:
“This was a tough decision to make,” Lawton said. “Barry is a good man and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish him nothing but success. However, the results were unacceptable and the players have to understand that we need to be better. Hopefully this change helps push them.
“As for Rick Tocchet, we think this is a great opportunity for him and we believe he’s the type of coach who can take the team to the next level. Our players have a great deal of respect for him.”
Now the question becomes how soon until he's back on ESPN as their head hockey analyst and how that would affect Matthew Barnaby's role with the WWL.
Or could Versus and NHL Network come calling?
UPDATE: Melrose speaks to his old employer on his firing. I love his opening line, so true.