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Barrymelrose02 Happen to catch ESPN's sign-off from the Stanley Cup Finals last night?

Steve Levy congratulated analyst Barry Melrose for going out "on top," having picked the Red Wings to win the series. He then said, "Good luck next year, wherever you are."

Melrose grinned ... knowingly. (kind of like this, but even more knowingly)

Melrose has expressed an interest in returning to coaching after 13 years in the booth and has been heavily speculated upon as the replacement for the recently fired John Tortorella. Atlanta, Florida, Ottawa and Toronto also have openings. But Melrose has a buddy in in-coming Lightning owner Oren Koules.

-- BRANT JAMES, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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