Time to bolt: Lightning fire coach, GM

Updated: April 13, 2010, 1:45 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are starting over yet again.

New owner Jeff Vinik cleaned house Monday, firing coach Rick Tocchet and general manager Brian Lawton after the struggling franchise missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

It's the club's third coaching change in two years.

The Lightning went 34-36-12 this season and are 53-69-26 since Tocchet replaced Barry Melrose in November 2008.

Lawton's dismissal was not a surprise, either. Many ...

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