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Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Grilling with Steven Stamkos

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) OHJL109

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) OHJL109

Short shift w/Steven Stamkos

Best meal you can make: I'm more of a grillmaster kind of guy. Anything on the grill I can do.

Favorite activity with dog Trigger: Take him to the dog beach. See him play around in the water. It's relaxing at the same time.

Must see TV shows: I've got lot of TV shows. Scandal is one of them. Game of Thrones, waiting for that one to come out. Those are probably the top two this year.

Top movies: Remember the Titans is my favorite, Old School, if that's on, I watch those ones.

Most creative attempt by autograph seeker: One guy had a Master's signed flag from Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer that he somehow had personalized to Steven in exchange for a signed stick, so I did that. A good trade.

Websites you go to: I'm mostly a sports guy. With social media now, it makes it so easy to be up to date with everything. So you're Twitter or Instagram, you get all your news feeds from that.

What was your home-cooked meal Monday in Toronto: Just had some steak, chicken, shrimp, and pasta. I guess it's make everything and whatever you want.

So you're dad's a grillmaster too? Yeah, he is.

More Morrow

It was fitting wing Brenden Morrow officially announced his retirement Thursday when the Lightning was in Dallas, where Morrow played 13 seasons, to face the Stars.

Though Morrow, 37, spent just one season with Tampa Bay, coaches and players lauded his impact on the ice and moreso in the dressing room. And it seemed like old times when Morrow dropped by the Lightning dressing room after the morning skate, C Brian Boyle immediately tossing him a football. When told of his influence on the Lightning, Morrow deflected.

"It means a lot because I don't know what I did," Morrow said. "They were the ones that went out and got the job done. I was basically a cheerleader at that point. I think if there's one thing. … I'm never going to be remembered as the franchise's best player who did this, did that, but one thing I could control is how I treated people and I like to think that people will remember me as a good teammate."

And, apparently, a good golfer. Morrow, who said he played Augusta National last week and shot 73, is a scratch golfer. Sounds like a second career to me.

Should be shot'

Of the many reasons to love Lightning founder Phil Esposito is his brutal honesty. Political correctness isn't the Hall of Famer's forte, and that makes him not only a great Lightning radio analyst but a fascinating interview. It might raise some eyebrows, like Monday's regular spot on 620-AM. Esposito, upset with Columbus' Dalton Prout's sucker punch to wing Nikita Kucherov, said Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella "should be shot" for that happening. Esposito's point was is he felt Tortorella told the Blue Jackets to be tough with the Lightning. Does Esposito really want Tortorella shot? No. Esposito even said shortly after that he'd hire Tortorella, a former Lightning head coach, "in a second." But it made for entertaining radio.

Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Grilling with Steven Stamkos 03/19/16 [Last modified: Saturday, March 19, 2016 8:12pm]
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