Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher: consequences (pushups) for practice mistakes
So, there we were at Tampa Bay Lightning practice on Tuesday, when several players who, apparently, had not completed their task to the satisfaction of coach Guy Boucher dropped and did 10 push-ups. The scenario was repeated several times over the 60-plus minutes the team was on the ice.
Coach Guy Boucher said it is one way to remind the players to be better.
"I always believe there needs to be consequences to anything, to get that same competitive level in your practices," he said. "So, sometimes it's push-ups, sometimes it's laps. It depends which day how I feel, but there's always consequences to things. You do it right, great. You don't, that's to make sure you remember."
Can't help but think after that that Boucher has a little Tortorella in him in his quest for perfection. And that seems exactly what that quest is about.
"Everything," he said. "Systems, for me, make mistakes, go ahead and make them because you're going, not because you're not going. It's always attitude, work ethic or discipline, one of the three. I have no patience for that."
Does it work? Left wing Sean Bergenheim seems to think so.
"It makes us battle a little harder," he said. "We don't want to do those push-ups."
Some other odds and ends from Tuesday: All seven players who were put on waivers -- forwards Blair Jones, Mike Angelidis, Mitch Fritz, Chris Durno, Niklas Persson and Paul Szczechura, and defenseman Vladimir Mihalik -- cleared waivers. So, all have been re-assigned to AHL Norfolk's training camp. ... C Dominic Moore, who strained his left groin in the preseason's first game, likely will not play in this weekend's preseason games after tweaking the injury during Friday's practice in Calgary. "After about 20 minutes he should have gone off (the ice)," Boucher said. "But he decided to stay because he was having fun. Now, he's not having fun for a week, but he should be okay for the first game of the season (Oct. 9)." ... Boucher says he still doesn't know if he will have seven or eight defensemen when the season starts. He says he still will push for eight because there are times he prefers to play seven in a game. If Tampa Bay keeps eight, it will limit the number of forwards it can keep on the 23-player roster to 13. If Tampa Bay keeps seven defensemen, it can keep up to 14 forwards. With 11 forward positions claimed, there is a maximum three spots to fill from Eric Perrin, Johan Harju, Dana Tyrell and Marc Pouliot, though given Pouliot's upper-body injury, it's difficult to say where he really stands. ... The Lightning has nine defensemen still in camp. On the bubble are Matt Smaby, Mike Vernace and Mathieu Roy. ... Bergenheim has been cleared for contact and should play in Friday's preseason game with the Panthers. ... Goaltender Mike Smith (finger) practiced and took shots for the first time since sustaining his injury before the first preseason game.