Chat with Barry Melrose
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose will drop by to take your questions about the NHL playoffs.
Melrose re-joined ESPN after coaching the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first part of the 2008-09 season. He first started with ESPN after coaching the Los Angeles Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals and was a commentator on ESPN and ABC since 1995. Melrose made his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets in 1979. A defenseman, he played for the Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings before retiring after the 1986 season.
Send your questions now and join Barry Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET!
Barry Melrose (3:31 PM)
Hope everyone is looking forward to tonight's game. I think it will be a beauty.
Bruins-Lightning: going to game 7 or does Thomas stand on his head again and end it here?
Barry Melrose (3:32 PM)
I think we have a Game 7. This series looked like a Game 7 from the start. Both teams are evenly matched but I think Tampa Bay finds a way to win tonight and the Bruins will take the series in Game 7.
Barry (Riverside, CA)
Who's going to be tougher for the Canucks? Boston or TB?
Barry Melrose (3:33 PM)
Believe it or not, I think Tampa is the tougher matchup because Tampa's power play is better than the Bruins. Five-on-five goals are going to be hard to get so special teams become more important.
Sydney Robinson (Texas)
Do you think the stars have potential and can make a run next year
Barry Melrose (3:35 PM)
It's going to be tough for the Stars. They are probably going to lose Brad Richards and they have ownership issues that need to be resolved. Those things need to be resolved before things get going on the ice.
Mike (Hartford, CT)
How many more years do you think the sharks have at being an elite team with a chance to win the stanley cup?
Barry Melrose (3:36 PM)
I would think at least five more years with the youth of their players.
Chris (Morgantown, WV)
Haven't heard much in a while, but any update on the progress of Crosby? Thanks Barry (cool is the rule)
Barry Melrose (3:37 PM)
No. He's sort of fallen off the face of the earth (which he probably likes) but I think he's just rehabbing and getting ready for next season.
Bryan (Pullman, WA)
Hey Barry, any idea who will be behind the bench in Minnesota next year? Do they need more then just a coaching change to get back to postseason next year?
Barry Melrose (3:38 PM)
No, there are a number of jobs open and I'm sure it will be like dominions. When one goes, others will fall. It's a wide open field right now.
Chad Zimmermann (Carlisle, PA)
Barry, who is going to be the X-factor in Game 6 of the ECF?
Barry Melrose (3:39 PM)
Well for Tampa, you have to say Roloson. He's either going to be part of the solution or part of the problem.
Eric Myers (Victoria, Minnesota)
As a sharks fan, why does management seem to not get that the sharks are not big, physical and don't play any defense? A few years ago when they played Anaheim in the first round-Anaheim had such a wall in front of their goaltender you could hardly see the net! Why doesn't San Jose play this type of hockey and get this, do you think they ever will, and do you see a Stanley cup appearance in the future for them?
Barry Melrose (3:41 PM)
Well the Sharks are a very big team. They are one of the biggest teams in the NHL. What killed the Sharks were that their star players struggled Heatley, Pavelski and Setoguchi didn't play well against Vancouver.
Andre Obin (Boston)
Do you think the Bruins will resign Kaberle after the season regardless of the outcome?
Barry Melrose (3:42 PM)
They might try but not for the money he expects to get. He hurt his image and cost himself a lot of money but somebody will pay him.
Vince (NY, NY)
any update on kesler's leg injury?
Barry Melrose (3:42 PM)
No, we haven't heard a thing. They will keep that a big time secret.
Shawn (Motor D)
NOOOOOOOO to Kaberle!!!! He looks lost in his playoffs...Spend on Weber...your thoughts Barry??
Barry Melrose (3:43 PM)
I much rather have Weber but he will cost a lot more money than Kaberle.
Joe (D-town )
Barry, What do you make of Rafalski retiring the blades and hanging up the axe? I for one will miss the savvy and smoothness with which he played the game. I really hope the modern game still has room for slick, sub-6'0" defensemen. -Joe
Barry Melrose (3:45 PM)
I'm very surprised. He has a year left on his contract that's worth $6 million. Nobody saw this coming but I applaud this guy for not just playing to collect a paycheck.
abe (miami, fl)
who is better - Thomas or Luongo?
Barry Melrose (3:46 PM)
I think Luongo has played better and more consistent than Timmy. I think it's harder to be the favorite than the underdog.
Erik (San Francisco)
Barry, you were right about Bieksa being the best under-the-radar performer these playoffs. He came up huge in the ECF. Do you agree that the Sharks need another top-4 D-man to push through next year?
Barry Melrose (3:47 PM)
Well they are very hard to find. Bieksa is a free-agent and he's great. There will be a lot of interest in him.
Joel (Los Angeles)
Is Rafalski a hall of famer?
Barry Melrose (3:47 PM)
No. He's a great defenseman and he's won Cups but I don't think he's a Hall of Famer.
Go Bruins !!! (Mineola)
If AND when Bruins win Cup (LOL)....Thomas or Bergeron for Conn Smythe...your opinion ?
Barry Melrose (3:48 PM)
I think you have to put Chara in there too but my think of the three would have to be Timmy Thomas.
Barry Melrose (3:49 PM)
Everybody sit tight, I think we have a beauty in the making tonight.