Torts: I'll do it my way
Lightning coach John Tortorella always has said he doesn't coach to please the team's brass, and he reiterated that thought after today's morning skate. Asked if he believed his personalty lessens his job security with new ownership coming in, Torts said, "Me? No, why? What does my personality have to do with job security?
But after a moment to think about it, Torts added, "There is a lot of daggers being thrown around, no question as (Leafs coach Paul Maurice) is going through it, and all coaches do. That's part of the business. Listen, I'm not going to do my job to please people. My job is to do the job the correct way, and I'm going to stay with the way I feel it's supposed to be done.
"And people above, (if) they don't like it, get me the hell out because I'm not going to change as far as what I think is best for the hockey team. It is never been, will be a popularity contest for me. I work for the team to push the players, to make the team the best they possibly can. If people don't like how I'm doing it, or if I'm doing it, they can move me on.''
Andre Roy and wife, Karine, had their second daughter, Eloise, at 4:05 p.m. Thursday. Eloise was 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 19.5 inches. Roy said everyone is healthy and doing fine. He said he was in the delivery room, trying to take pictures while helping with the towels and a water bottle and giving encouragement
"A great day,'' Roy said.
The couple's other daughter is Maelie, 2.
Other stuff from the morning skate: Tortorella said he wants to see the Lightning re-sign center Chris Gratton, whose hip surgery next week likely will end his season. ... Vinny Lecavalier reiterated he would be interested in signing a long-term contract with the Lightning. ... Goalie Mike Smith said today's game with the Maple Leafs should be easier with fewer emotions churning from Tuesday's trade. ... He said the toughest part of the trade was leaving goalie Marty Turco and his family, with whom he had gotten so close. "But he's glad I'm getting this opportunity,'' Smith said. ... Mike Lundin's ice time has plummeted since the return of Dan Boyle. "It's a little frustrating because you want to play,'' he said. "But you realize it's probably better for the team if those other guys are getting more minutes.'' ... Defenseman Filip Kuba (right knee) is out again, so Alex Picard gets a chance to build on Wednesday's strong effort. ... Lecavalier on his slump that has produced four goals in 21 games: "It's been a struggle. It's just tough to produce right now. ... Now it's bringing the puck more to the net and maybe playing better with Marty (St. Louis). Talking more on the ice, getting aggressive on the puck. Being hungry for the puck and bringing it to the net.'' Asked if the trade deadline distractions and falling out of the playoff race has hurt his focus, he said, "I don't want to use excuses. ... There have been some distractions, but you have to battle through them.''