Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Nuts & Bolts

Lightning Nuts & Bolts

30 seconds with ...

Related News/Archive

D Matt Carle

Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Job if you weren't a hockey player: Professional fisherman

Superpower you wish you had: Being invisible

NCAA men's hoops champion: Florida

Celebrity crush: Margot Robbie (actor)

Animal lover

We all know the story of how Lightning coach Jon Cooper went from Michigan attorney to NHL coach. But did you know it was acting as defense attorney in an animal cruelty case that prompted him to quit?

"Everyone has a right to be defended, and I was doing my job," he said. "But at that point I really didn't believe what I was doing and the cause I was fighting for. I eventually got out after that."

Cooper said his love of dogs was not the basis of his consternation: "There were just things that weren't right about it." Still, know that he keeps the ashes of his cremated Maltese, Gretzky.

Self-examination

Last week was interesting for ex-Lightning coach John Tortorella, who admitted he had not been the most cooperative interview subject in previous visits to the Tampa Bay Times Forum and he might have been wrong for that attitude. What got into Tortorella? Circumstances.

Now the coach of the Canucks, he was in Tampa on Monday — thanks to accommodating scheduling by the Lightning — for the 10th anniversary celebration of the team's 2004 Stanley Cup championship.

"I've been criticized a little bit in here that I haven't really acknowledged when I've been in here other times," Tortorella said. "I was not going to make that mistake again because I owe that to the team. This organization did this for us, the '04 team. It's a first-class group, and I'm honored to be part of that. It's a true story: You do walk forever. In the last little while … I felt that."

Quote to note

"My dad. Growing up he always tried to instill in me and my brother that no matter what you're doing, if you're on the ice or doing work in the yard, do it at your best. That's always been something that stuck with me."

RW Ryan Callahan, on the source of his work ethic

Number of the day

7 Winning goals this season for newly acquired free-agent forward Cody Kunyk of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, tops in the nation

Lightning Nuts & Bolts 03/22/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive."

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]
  2. Lightning's Steve Yzerman: Nikita Kucherov 'wants to be great'

    Blogs

    If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Nikita Kucherov joined Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in the last 30 years to score a goal in each of his team's first six games.
  3. Fennelly: Longtime Bucs fans, we want to hear from you

    Blogs

    Calling all Bucs fans! Calling all Bucs fans!

    Jameis Winston is pressured by Chandler Jones during the Bucs' loss to the Cardinals Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.
  4. A punter is the state's only first-team, midseason All-American

    Blogs

    Here's another indictment of how mediocre the state's college football season has become.

  5. HomeTeam 25: Football rankings for Tampa Bay

    Footballpreps

    1. Armwood (7-0)

    Up next: vs. Brandon

    Armwood quarterback Devin Black (7) shakes hands with Plant defensive back Keon King (26) after the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The Hawks beat the Panthers 27-7.