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Confusing Statements By Tortorella

from the St. Petersburg Times,

John Tortorella wishes he could do it over again because he certainly would do it differently.

The Lightning coach said he regrets telling general manager Jay Feaster perhaps it was time he step down because he discovered that is not how he feels.

“I want to stay here and fight and try to make this team better with the new ownership group and Jay Feaster,” Tortorella said Wednesday. “I want to be part of the retooling.”

But at his postseason meeting with Feaster, Tortorella said the opposite; that after seven seasons and finishing 2007-08 last in the league, “Maybe there needs to be a different voice.”

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Money Issues For Prospective Lightning Owner

via Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),

Oren Koules, the prospective buyer of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has lost his second lender in three months as the global credit crisis continues to take its toll on sports financing.

CIT Group, which finance sources said had appeared ready to lend Koules up to $110 million, backed out earlier this month. This follows the loss of a pending loan earlier this year from Société Générale, which abruptly exited the sports business and scuttled an oral agreement with the Hollywood movie producer….

“It is fair to say that the financial markets are strained, as we speak, and we will look to help with the financing of a portion of the purchase price,” wrote Tom Wilson, chief executive officer of Palace Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Lightning, in an e-mail. “The deal is still on.”

added 7:59pm, from Lightning Strikes,

Hollywood producer Oren Koules, who has been trying to close a deal to buy the Lightning for four months, has some light at the end of the tunnel thanks to two two helping hands that will provide $100-million in financing for the $200-million deal.

Lightning president Ron Campbell said Monday that owner Palace Sports & Entertainment and Galatioto Sports Partners will share the financing Koules needs to make the deal work.

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Artyukhin May Be Back With The Lightning

from Lightning Strikes,

The representative for Russian freight train Evgeny Artyukhin said he and Tampa Bay are talking about a contract. This would be a good thing for the Lightning as the 6-foot-4, 254-pound left wing would provide some muscle and forechecking power to a team that, for the most part last season, lacked a physical edge.

The Lightning was mum Thursday, but Gandler said, “Both sides want to see Evgeny back playing in Tampa next season and for the next few seasons.”

Of a contract, he said, without giving specifics, “It think it’s doable and it should be done.”

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Lecavalier Update

from Bolts Report,

The Lightning just released this statement regarding Lecavalier’s surgery:

Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier underwent successful surgery today to repair the Glenoid Labrum in his right shoulder. The surgery was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lecavalier dislocated the shoulder in the Lightning’s game on April 3 at Washington. A detailed rehabilitation protocol will be established by Dr. Andrews’ personal physical therapist and will be conducted under the supervision of the Lightning medical staff.

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Evening Line

from Lightning Strikes,

“Every time I read Bruce Boudreau’s comments that Vinny just happened to step in front of a train,’’ Feaster said. “First that’s what it was because (Lecavalier) wasn’t looking. Then it was he didn’t see him coming. I think he embarrasses himself every time he opens his mouth about the subject. I think they should be happy Matt Cooke is in the lineup tonight, it’s only a $2,500 fine….

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Lecavalier to Undergo Shoulder Surgery

From Sports Network,

Lecavalier returned to Tampa on Friday to undergo further diagnostic testing by team physician Dr. Ira Guttentag. The evaluation revealed that Lecavalier suffered damage to the Glenoid Labrum of the right shoulder and will require surgery.

He is expected to make a full recovery in 12-15 weeks following the procedure, which will be scheduled in the near future.

“While I’m disappointed to be facing surgery at this time, I’m looking forward to working hard during the summer to be ready for training camp in September,” Lecavalier said.

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Looking At Tim Taylor

from Jim Cressman of the London Free Press,

Taylor, 39, is calling it quits. A bad hip required surgery last September, forcing him to miss this season, and it became apparent as the year went along it was time to retire. A tough decision after being named Lightning captain last season.

So why did he last a dozen years and win two Stanley Cups? He was never a big goal-scorer in the NHL. His best was 20 with Boston in ‘97-98.

What makes the Taylor story so good is how he made a career for himself through playing excellent defensive hockey.

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Cooke Fined For Hit On Lecavalier

from Lightning Strikes,

Washington’s Matt Cooke, who’s hit on Vinny Lecavalier caused the Lightning star’s shoulder injury, was fined Friday $2,500 by the league. There was no suspension. The league decided Cooke’s open-ice hit on Lecavalier, who was not carrying the puck, should have been an interference call.

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Cheap Shot On Vinny

from Lightning Strikes,

Vinny Lecavalier will have an MRI on Friday on his injured right shoulder, hurt in Thursday’s game with the Capitals as he fell after a hit by Washington’s Matt Cooke.

Regardless of the outcome, coach John Tortorella said Lecavalier will not play in Saturday’s season finale against the Thrashers.

“It’s an absolute cheap shot,’’ coach John Tortorella said after the game. “It’s a guy in a vulnerable position. It’s interference. The puck isn’t anywhere near him and it isn’t called. It’s an absolute cheap shot.”

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Bolts Plan To Play To The Bitter End

from Lightning Strikes,

Coach John Tortorella agreed in the bigger picture, these games are tough. As he said. “I can’t wait till this (bleep) is over.’’ But he said he does not agree that you give in to a situation.

“It disgusts me,’’ he said. I don’t agree with it and I never will. You play to the bitter end. We’re going to fight as a coaching staff to the bitter end, and I think players should be that way, especially in a young group that we have with the core being our leadership. They need to set an example.’

It better start tonight, which begins a back-to-back against two very motivated opponents, the Hurricanes and Capitals, who are fighting for the division title and a playoff spot.

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