The Lightning are seemingly trying their best to become the laughing stock of the NHL taking the crown away from the New York “lets promote our backup goalie to General Manager” Islanders. Just 16 games into the season the Lightning have fired head coach Barry Melrose. This comes just a couple days after Melrose skipped out on practice and rumours of part owner Len Barrie stepping into the dressing room to draw up power play tactics earlier in the season.
It is becoming apparent that the Lightning’s new ownerships management style is better known as a revolving door. Matt Carle was acquired from the Sharks in the off season and has been traded. Barry Melrose was hired in the off season and has been fired. Rumours are off season free agent Radim Vrbata is on the trading block.
And maybe the icing on the laughing stock cake are the rumours that the current ownership group may be having a cash flow problem and may not be able to make payments to previous owner Bill Davidson and if they can’t Bill Davidson may once again take control of the team again. I have no idea if this is true or not but from revolving players to revolving coaches, why not revolving owners. Maybe then Jay Feaster and John Tortorella can be brought back. At least Tortorella was mildly entertaining with his vocal criticisms of his players, particularly goalies.