Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced today that John Tortorella will not return next season as the team’s head coach. Tortorella has one season remaining on his contract.And here comes Barry Melrose.
“This has been a very difficult decision because of everything that John Tortorella has meant to and done for this organization,” Feaster said. “Torts came to Tampa and not only built the foundation under our club but he also changed the culture and raised the expectations, eventually leading us to the Stanley Cup in 2004. What he accomplished during his tenure in Tampa was nothing short of remarkable and our organization will always owe him our thanks, gratitude and deep respect.”
Say what you will about Tortorella's antics, no one deserves to be canned in the media weeks before it actually happens. I wonder if this means OK Hockey (a name that could lead to some hilarious headlines if things go sour down the line) is any closer to purchasing the team.
Are there any Tampa Bay fans out there with thoughts on what's happening?
Tortorella's won a Cup recently and won't be out of work long. Ottawa's a plausible destination, as is Florida, San Jose or Atlanta.