Potential staff filling out
Add some more names to the list of people the Lightning (and by that we mean either incoming coach Barry Melrose or the incoming ownership group) is interested in to fill out Melrose's staff.
We already know about Coyotes assistant Rick Tocchet. Sharks scout Cap Raeder also has been contacted along with Wes Walz. The former Wild star, who is retired, did not return a phone message Tuesday, but he told Minneapolis' Star Tribune, the job would be enticing.
"I was asked if I'd be interested in a position if it's available and my answer was, 'I would be,' '' Walz, 38 told the paper.
Couldn't get a handle on to whom Walz spoke but the Star Tribune said he is friends with prospective owner Len Barrie. The pair played together from 1991-93 for AHL Hershey.
The staff, if it shakes out this way, is going to be filled with familiar faces for Melrose, and people who are deeply involved with the game, something very important for someone who has been on the sidelines, so to speak, for more than a decade.
Tocchet played for Melrose when Melrose coached the Kings. Raeder was Melrose's assistant and Walz, as we said, has ties to Barrie.
None of this is official, no announcements have been made. But it sounds as if new ownership wants to hit the ground running once it gets control of the team.