With the Labor Day holiday passed and the kids off to school, the only ones left waiting are the nine new NHL coaches who are raring to go. As
Gordon's case is one in which last season's assistants
Same thing for Anderson in Atlanta, as he and new assistant
So, while the waiting is arduous, it is hardly idle. Nowhere is that more true than in Tampa where change has been the only constant of the offseason -- so much so that the drafting of
With all that, it's easy to lose track of new head coach
"This is the happiest I've been in a long time. I worked for a great company in ESPN but I'm excited being back in the rink -- back in the locker room, which has always been my favorite place in the world," said Melrose. "I can't wait for training camp to start. We've added so many pieces from so many pies, it's going to be a blast to finally make our own pie, see who fits with who, see it come together and see where the magic lies as players work in different combinations."
Melrose isn't nervous or apprehensive about stepping back behind the bench. He offered up the interesting view that, "the game has reverted back to a style that I'm comfortable with -- skating, attacking and speed-oriented. That's how it was when I coached in LA and that's where the league is now and that style is what makes the game great."
And before you think that Melrose waited for the game to get back to a style of his liking before taking another coaching job, consider that he had several offers over the years. The difference this time? "The people," he said. "Their ideas. What they want to accomplish. The way they approached me and the way they went after free agency."
Melrose went on to explain, "
For Melrose and all the other new coaches in new places, the waiting game is almost over and the most important games of all are soon to start.