Make us your home page

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning notebook

Morning skate ends career of Lightning's Taylor

ATLANTA — Tim Taylor's last day as a Lightning player was full of regret.

The captain wondered if he was right not to play in one last game to end his 13-year career. He wondered if the decision would have been easier had he not accompanied the team on its season-ending road trip.

He was sure of one thing, though.

"I'll never be going on the ice as a player again," he said after Saturday's morning skate, "and that's tough."

Taylor, who missed the season because of preseason hip surgery, was given the option to play by coach John Tortorella. The center wrestled with the decision. He spoke to family and friends. He read fan blog sites and finally decided that personal feelings were not the right reason to play.

Instead, Taylor, 39, opted for one last skate and called it quits after 746 games, 73 goals, 167 points and Stanley Cup titles in 2004 with the Lightning and 1997 with the Red Wings.

"I know I'm going to regret this, but it's the right thing to do," he said of not playing against the Thrashers. "In my heart, I would really like to do it. But in my mind, I know it's the wrong thing to do.

"It would have been better if I had stayed home. It would have been easier to handle."

ROY SITS AGAIN: How far is Andre Roy in Tortorella's doghouse?

Consider that with a lineup spot open because of Vinny Lecavalier's injury, Tortorella went with left wing Karl Stewart, and Roy was scratched for the 15th straight game.

"He's the coach. He decides," said Roy, who has not played since March 6 in Philadelphia, when he jawed bench to bench with members of the Flyers. "Obviously, there's something going on. I don't know.

"He's done with me. It pretty much looks like I'm not going to be in the lineup, period."

Roy can be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

THE LINES: With Lecavalier out, the lines that began Saturday's game were interesting. Jeff Halpern centered for Marty St. Louis and Mathieu Darche; Jussi Jokinen centered for Jason Ward and Michel Ouellet; Craig MacDonald was between Nick Tarnasky and Junior Lessard; and Andreas Karlsson centered for Stewart and Doug Janik.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Lightning will clean out lockers at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon on Monday. … Defenseman Shane O'Brien was a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game.

Damian Cristodero can be reached at

Morning skate ends career of Lightning's Taylor 04/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 7, 2008 7:29am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  2. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. gets extra day off to let hip heal

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RF Steven Souza Jr. ran in rightfield before batting practice under the watchful gaze of the Rays training staff and manager Kevin Cash. Afterward, Souza told Cash he could use one more day of rest before playing on the left hip he strained Wednesday in Oakland.

    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brad Miller (13) gets a hug from right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) after his solo home run in the fourth inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, July 21, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: FS1; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  4. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Rangers game

    The Heater

    Looks like LF Corey Dickerson is coming out of his funk at the plate — .186 average in past 16 games entering Friday. He had two hits Wednesday in Oakland and three hits Friday against the Rangers. Okay, one was an infield hit that bounced high in front of the plate, but the other was a long home run to …

  5. History shows Ole Miss upheaval tough to overcome


    After Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, with the opener six weeks away, offensive line coach Matt Luke is being thrown into an interim head coaching position. He will try to save a season that already had been scarred by a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA violations.

    After coach Jim Tressel resigned, Ohio State went 6-7, including a loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl, in 2011.