John Grahame is the subject of John Tortorella’s angry tirade after a loss to slumping Montreal.
“You’re telling me you want (the team) to get up there and get aggressive, but when a goal is scored like that, they’re going to be tentative,” Tortorella said. “And that has to stop for us to get any type of consistency here. Or we’re done.
His simmer turned into a boil when he was asked if the Lightning needed to consider options outside the organization for goaltending help.
“Absolutely, but in today’s game, where are we going to go with the (salary) cap?” Tortorella said. “I am (upset) at what is happening there because I thought our team played very well tonight. And this has gone on for quite a while. Is there other options out there? We can’t do (anything).”
That’s when Tortorella announced Sean Burke would start in goal Friday against Boston.
“And I hope he plays well,” Tortorella said. “And if he plays well, he’s going to go again. This is what we have. And I’m not up here trying to rip anybody apart, but let’s be (expletive) honest about what’s going on here. And it’s getting old. We’re going nowhere, nowhere until that situation is straightened out.”
Bigger moves could be in store in the near future as teams try to address their needs as the season approaches the halfway mark.
The Chicago Blackhawks may be involved. GM Dale Tallon wants to try and shake up his struggling team and is looking for help at centre. He actually got a call from Boston GM Mike O’Connell on the day of the Joe Thornton trade last month but before he had time to call back with an offer the Bruins had already shipped the big centre to San Jose.
Sandis Ozolinsh of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks has voluntarily entered a substance abuse program, the NHL and the players’ union announced Thursday.
Wade Redden goes about his work on the ice much the same way he carries himself off of it, quiet and unassuming.
If he isn’t careful, however, his standout play on the Senators’ blue-line this season will make it hard to for him to continue flying under the radar of fans outside of Ottawa as he’s done for most of his career.