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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.

Team White

Gratton, Chris

Hall , Adam

Halpern, Jeff (Injured)

Jokinen, Jussi

Koci, David

Konopka, Zenon

Lundin, Mike

Malone, Ryan

Meszaros. Andrej

Mihalik, Vladimir

Niskala, Janne

Ramo, Karri

Ranger, Paul

Recchi, Mark

Roberts, Gary

Rogers, Andy

Segal, Brandon

Smith, Mike

Stamkos, Steven

Szczeuchura, Paul

Vrbata, Radim

Ward, Jason

Team Black

Artyukhin, Evgeny

Bochenski, Brandon

Carle, Matt

Craig, Ryan

Helenius, Riku

Heward, Jamie

Hutchinson, Andrew

Jones, Blair

Kolzig, Olaf

Lawrence, Chris

Lecavalier, Vincent

O'Brien, Shane

O'Connor, Sean

Ouellet, Michel

Prospal, Vaclav

Smaby, Matt

Smith, Wyatt

Smolenak, Radek

St. Louis, Marty

Tarnasky, Nick

Wishart, Ty

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


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