Lightning Fire Head Coach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- John Tortorella was fired Tuesday as coach of
the Tampa Bay Lightning, four years after leading the team to its
only Stanley Cup championship. He had one season remaining on his
contract.

The Lightning were 239-222-36-38 and made the playoffs four
times in 6 1/2 seasons under Tortorella. The firing came as no
surprise. There has already been speculation about television
analyst and former Los Angeles Kings coach Barry Melrose possibly
replacing Tortorella. Melrose is a friend of Oren Kroules, who is leading a group that is trying to buy the Lightning.

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