Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 10/02/08 at 05:12 PM ET
From Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Still, there is a consistent belief in the hockey community that the decision to hire Melrose after a 13½-year absence from the coaching scene runs somewhere between risky and foolhardy.
“That’s a big question mark for them,” national hockey analyst and former NHL netminder Darren Eliot said recently.
Other hockey sources, including current NHL general managers, questioned Melrose’s ability to stay current on trends in penalty killing, power plays and defensive schemes.
One of the Lightning’s new owners, former NHLer Len Barrie, rolls his eyes at the oft-repeated questions surrounding the team’s coaching choice.
read on for more on Melrose, plus his history with his assistant coach Cap Raeder.
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