The Washington Times - December 4, 2008, 03:33PM

Well, that didn’t take long.

Barry Melrose will return as a hockey analyst for ESPN, less than a month after being fired as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.He’ll rejoin the network on Jan. 1 to help report on the Winter Classic game to be held at Wrigley Field. He will appear regularly on ESPNews and Sportscenter for the rest of the year.


Melrose had been with the network from 1998 until June of this year before leaving to accept the Lightning job. But his stint in Tampa was short-lived, as he was axed after a 5-7-4 start to the season.

“I am very, very excited about coming back home to ESPN where I have had so many great years,” Melrose said in a release from ESPN.  “I look forward to analyzing people being fired rather than being the guy fired.”