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Tortorella fired as coach of Tampa Bay Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -John Tortorella was fired Tuesday as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, four years after leading the team to its only Stanley Cup championship. He had one season remaining on his contract.

The Lightning were 239-222-36-38 and made the playoffs four times in 6 1/2 seasons under Tortorella. The firing came as no surprise. There has already been speculation about television analyst and former Los Angeles Kings coach Barry Melrose possibly replacing Tortorella.

Melrose is a friend of Oren Kroules, who is leading a group that is trying to buy the Lightning.

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