[caption id="attachment_2420" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Melrose will have free time to work on his mullet."]
The Tampa Bay Lightning have relieved head coach Barry Melrose of his duties and named associate coach Rick Tocchet interim head coach.
''This was a tough decision to make,'' Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian 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.
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