Melrose: I have no doubts; also camp roster
He's had several months to think about it, but new Lightning coach Barry Melrose, one day before the start of training camp at the St. Pete Times Forum, said he has no regrets about giving up a 12-year career as an ESPN analyst to get back on the ice.
"I'm not like that," Melrose said. "A lot of people say, 'What if I fail?' I'm a much bigger believer in, 'What if I succeed?' That's how I've handled my life. So, this is a great time for me. This is what I've dreamed of. I love this time of year. The guys are in the dressing room and we're starting to get the team together and we're on the ice tomorrow. This is a coach's time. This is a great time."
Asked if he is still confident or if he's getting nerves as camp approaches, Melrose said he is getting the same nerves he had as a player, and that's a good thing.
"As a player I was always nervous about making the team," he said. "As a coach, you're wondering about your team, especially with us with so many players added. How long will it take to jell? Is it as good as I think it will be? But it's all good excitement."
Melrose said of the team, "I know we're going to be good. How good will be the question. We've got to find out about our young kids, and we have some great young players we hope will come along real quick. So it's a good nervous. If you're not nervous, you shouldn't be in this business."
As for tonight's throwing out of the first pitch before the game between the Rays and the Red Sox, Melrose reiterated he'll throw something "hard." He said his shoulder is all warmed up from the TV lights that shined on him while doing several interviews during the day.
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