Barry Melrose Could Be Leaving ESPN For Tampa Bay

Saturday, May 31, 2008


Yet another analyst is going back to his coaching roots, but this time at ESPN. Hockey analyst Barry Melrose and his fabulous mullet are reportedly heading to Tampa Bay and will the new Coach of the Lightning....

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Barry Melrose will reportedly take over for John Tortorella behind the Tampa Bay Lightning bench within the next few days.

The Toronto Star reported Friday that the former Los Angeles Kings coach will be named as a replacement for Tortorella, who has yet to be fired by the Lightning.

Melrose, who is currently a featured NHL analyst for ESPN, has not coached a team since he left the Kings in the 1994-95 season. In the 1992-93 season, he helped guide the team to its first and only Stanley Cup Finals appearance, which the team lost in five games to the Montreal Canadiens. However, Los Angeles failed to make the playoffs in the next two seasons.
I'm sure Melrose has always wanted to Coach, but it's kind of bad timing as ESPN has decided to devote more coverage to the Sport as of late. I guess that leaves John Buccigross as the only Hockey guy left at the "Leader".

Melrose in, Tortorella out in Tampa Bay (Seattle P-I)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:30 PM

15 Comments:

I don't see Melrose being named coach for awhile. The team is getting sold and won't officially announce anything until it is finalized.

May 31, 2008, 1:30:00 PM  

Uhhh... Levy's still there.

joe d said...
May 31, 2008, 2:03:00 PM  

Only hockey guy at the WWL? You haven't obviously been watching the Don Cherry lovefest going on there lately . . .

Anonymous said...
May 31, 2008, 2:04:00 PM  

I forgot Levy, but Cherry is only there for the Playoffs.

May 31, 2008, 2:10:00 PM  

Technically, that ain't a mullet, though, right? He just has long hair and greases it back. But you can still call it fabulous.

Jay said...
May 31, 2008, 2:37:00 PM  

I think hockey fans are best served by Barry staying in Bristol. Maybe he's just floating this story himself to get more coin to stay employed by the Evil Empire. There IS a lovefest going on with Cherry, for sure.

Sportsattitude said...
May 31, 2008, 3:03:00 PM  

Linda Cohn is there too. There have always been four or five anchors on hand who are willing to cover the sport, but ESPN's been really bitchy about the league's deal with Vs. Essentially, ESPN was in the running to broadcast weekly games, but the NHL did a terrible deal with OLN (now Vs.) and now hockey gets such a abysmal ratings over most of the country that the WWL doesn't want to waste time covering it. No money to be made.

Brendan K. said...
May 31, 2008, 3:26:00 PM  

Wow AA, you just got owned on this post. Totally wrong. You better check yourself before you wreck yourself son. Just sit down.

joe d said...
May 31, 2008, 6:00:00 PM  

He doesn't have a mullet...

Anonymous said...
May 31, 2008, 6:34:00 PM  

Just a reminder for those who have been away the last few days:

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Gmoney & Joe D Suck said...
Jun 1, 2008, 12:20:00 AM  

Barry is great at ESPN. However, don't you think he remained with the WWL believing ESPN would rethink its hockey strategy and get back into broadcasting the NHL? This was the year to do it, but both NBC and Versus extended their deals.

Barry is definitely a fixture on ESPN, but he's relegated to a few spots a week and that's probably not fulfilling.

Lastly, while I like Don Cherry, I don't think he meshes well with Barry Melrose. It's tough for two personalities to work side by side. It ususally works best when one guy is the straight guy. Barry isn't that guy. He's engaging, funny and you enjoy listening to what he says. When Don Cherry is with him, Don is the focus of attention and he likes it that way.

Good luck Barry!

Anonymous said...
Jun 1, 2008, 1:33:00 AM  

I'm so confused...how did I get owned again? The post says "reportedly". You people are nuts this weekend.

Jun 1, 2008, 5:43:00 PM  

Buccigross, John Saunders, Linda Cohn, and Levy are the hockey people really. Mike Greenberg trying to do NHL Tonight I always remember as despicable as hates the sport and openly made fun of aspects of the game.

Certain people a the WWL seem to hate Vs. having hockey, Tirico and van Pelt spent 15 minutes on how the NHL shouldn't be pumping their chests about the ratings but SVP actually got on Tirico about MNF bragging how they beat High School Musical in the ratings.

I find it hilarious that the new Lightning Ownership allegedly are hiring him for the sole purpose of growing hockey in the area. Not to say he's a bad coach but it is unfortunate that the Lightning owners only look at him as good PR.

Anonymous said...
Jun 1, 2008, 7:06:00 PM  

What his 15 year intra-league blackballing is over. The guy lead a pretty successful LA kings team for several years got fired and has been stuck at ESPN since the end of the George Grande era.....

Niho said...
Jun 2, 2008, 1:10:00 AM  

couple of things:

1) melrose is being offered a three-year, $6 million contract. i doubt bspn can come close to that.

2) let's see, nhl's ratings are up, they are pulling better ratings on versus than bspn, they are getting more money at versus and versus treats them with respect and more coverage.

exactly how was/is the versus deal bad for the nhl?

Anonymous said...
Jun 2, 2008, 8:18:00 AM  

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