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)

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Rick Tocchet didn't know about Mike Smith's concussion

TAMPA — Mike Smith apparently kept his concussion to himself for quite a while.

The goaltender has said he has had symptoms for about six weeks. Coach Rick Tocchet said he didn't know anything about it until Smith told him after the Jan. 30 game with the Flyers.

"I didn't have a clue till after the Philly game," Tocchet said Tuesday. "I didn't know what it was or what was going on, in that sense. It hit me out of the blue."

Smith said he made the call to shut it down after the 6-1 loss to the Flyers. Smith said he believes he aggravated the injury a game or two before.

That would make sense as Smith allowed nine goals on 61 shots in consecutive losses to Carolina and Philadelphia.

"The last couple of games I got to the point where I felt like I was more affecting the team than giving the team much help," Smith said Monday. "I felt like I hadn't played that bad all year."

"I had no idea," Tocchet said. "His mood and stuff didn't change. We won big games and he was in net. He was happy after games, so I don't know."

When Smith can return is up in the air. The Lightning on Monday released a statement from general manager Brian Lawton that said Smith could be on the ice "within a week." But Smith said the injury "hasn't gotten a whole lot better" and has no timetable for a return.

"It's not like I can jump right back into a game," he said. "When I missed a couple of days, it wouldn't have been a big deal to get ready and come back. Now, it's lingered longer than I had planned and hoped, so it's going to take a couple days of practice, and we'll see how I feel."

DEFENSIVE SHUFFLE: Josef Melichar, acquired from Carolina in the Jussi Jokinen deal, cleared re-entry waivers from AHL Norfolk, but flight delays kept him from playing Tuesday.

LW David Koci filled in on a battered blue line that is without Paul Ranger (upper body), Andrej Meszaros (arm) and Jamie Heward (concussion).

Matt Smaby played despite walking with a boot on his right foot after the morning skate, and Marek Malik played for the first time after missing nine games with a sore right ankle. Cory Murphy, Lukas Krajicek and Steve Eminger are the only relatively healthy defensemen.

ODDS AND ENDS: The announced crowd of 13,490 was the season's smallest. … LW Wade Brookbank, also acquired in the Jokinen deal, cleared waivers and is in Norfolk. … F Adam Hall was scratched. … Atlanta's Slava Kozlov played his 1,100th game. … The Thrashers' first-period goal was their first in nine games.

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Rick Tocchet didn't know about Mike Smith's concussion 02/10/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 7:43am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. USF defense feeds on Temple offense to take NCAA interceptions lead

    College

    TAMPA — Backed up in his end zone, Temple quarterback Logan Marchi scrambled, trying to elude a USF defensive end coming straight for him. Until then, Marchi hadn't had much luck hitting his receivers.

    South Florida Bulls safety Devin Abraham (20) sacks Temple Owls quarterback Logan Marchi (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
  2. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated

    College

    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  3. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person

    College

    TAMPA

    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.
  4. Former Ray Tim Beckham's over being traded, or is he?

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — As the Rays reunited Thursday with Tim Beckham for the first time since he was dealt July 31 to Baltimore, it became very clear that not everything in assessing the trade is as it appears.

    Tim Beckham, here in action Monday against the Red Sox, has hit .310, with 10 homers and 26 RBIs since going to the Orioles.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Thursday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    The Rays still talk about having a shot to make the playoffs. But recognizing and correcting mistakes will help them next year, such as Mallex Smith trying to steal third in the first. "Those are the little things we've got to find how to eliminate real quick," manager Kevin Cash said.