Taylor won't play to end career
Lightning captain Tim Taylor said before Saturday's game that he has decided not to play in the team's season finale April 5 at Atlanta. Taylor, 39, has missed the entire season because of preseason hip surgery. Coach John Tortorella gave the center the option of playing in the final game to end his 13-year career.
Taylor has said he wasn't sure the risk of injury was worth it after successful hip resurfacing surgery gave him back his quality of life. Taylor, a center and native of Startford, Ontario, finishes his career with 73 goals, 94 assists in 746 games and Stanley Cup championships in 2004 with the Lightning and 1997 with the Red Wings.
The Lightning has said it would like to keep Taylor in the organization and Taylor has said he would like to do some scouting. That way he could return to Startford, where he is building a home on a seven acre lot.