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Lightning player reaction to Tortorella's firing

Does the Lightning need another Tortorella-type firebrand, or would the seemingly less-rigid Barry Melrose work here?

"I think you need someone that's going to be hard on the guys, but at the same time pat you on the back. It's a fine line. It's not a very easy thing to accomplish, but I think that's what you need."

Dan Boyle, defenseman

"I don't know. Who's going to be here next year? What kind of changes are they going to make? I have no idea. These are tough questions to answer. We have a lot of holes to fill and we made some great deals in the end of the season, and we look promising, but until we have all our ducks in a row, its tough to see what kind of team this is going to be."

Martin St. Louis, forward

Are you even old enough to remember Barry Melrose as a coach in 1992-95?

"I was pretty young. I don't really remember him being a coach. I think maybe I remember seeing him in the Don Cherry videos with the cool hairdo with L.A. That's the only thing I really know about him as a coach."

Steve Stamkos, Lightning's likely No. 1 pick in the NHL draft on June 21

Did this team need a coaching change?

"That's the million-dollar question. This year we didn't have a good year. It's unfortunate we didn't play better for him because he'd done a lot for this team."

St. Louis

Are there dark times ahead for this franchise?

"I just re-signed for six years. I have been on a losing team. I spent four years in Florida. I would not have re-signed here if I didn't think we could turn it around. … You just need to make the right decisions on your personnel. I think there is no doubt we need to add some depth. Core guys like Vinny (Lecavalier) and Marty, and possibly the Stamkos kid, that's as good as anybody in the league."


What was Tortorella's best attribute?

"I think for me he was a great motivator. He finds a way … Stanley Cup playoff games, you don't need to get motivated for that. But for a Sunday afternoon game, halfway through the season against Atlanta or Washington back in the day when they were struggling, Torts found a way, I felt, to get the best out of me and out of the team. Motivation was probably his best asset. Certainly, it's a well-known fact he was really hard on a lot of us. But when you look back, we won a Cup and certainly a lot of us are better players for it."


Lightning player reaction to Tortorella's firing 06/03/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 9, 2008 5:35pm]
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