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Old 03-29-2008, 10:15 PM
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During a question and answer session with the fans before the game tonight Tim Taylor announced that he would not play one last game, and would be retiring at the end of the season. He is remaining with the Lightning and will be working with prospects and minor leaguers.

He also said that he expects Vinny to be the next captain.
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:05 PM
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Maybe he could be Darren Rumble's assistant next year in Norfolk. Not a bad idea.
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:15 AM
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Thanks for what you've done Tim.

Vinny for Captain? Bleh. Although it did look like Vinny brought his game up a notch last night vs. CAR.
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Old 03-30-2008, 09:26 AM
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Vinny for Captain? Bleh. Although it did look like Vinny brought his game up a notch last night vs. CAR.
I know what you mean. He needs to do each and every night. Leading by example is what a mentor of mine told me to do (in the Navy) and it works for every facet that requires leadership. If he worked just as hard as Halpern did, Vinny would be a shoe in. He'd also have 140 points a season.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:11 AM
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To be fair, I thought Vinny was that guy last season and most of this season. It was only when he hit that slump with the injury flare up, then losing Brad and Prospal to trades, and so on that he really seemed to slow down and become his more inconsistent self again. It's been a rough year, but he has bounced back some these last few games.

Still think Halpern would be the perfect C to step in now, though.

Some more from the Trib on this topic..

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"What it came down to, personally for me, and it went through my mind to play, but I went on line and read some blogs," Taylor said. "And somebody said on one of the comments, why would I want to come back and do it just for personal reasons. That's not what I ever wanted this to be. If the team was in a good situation and they were in the playoff drive or getting ready for the playoffs, sure. But with where we are, that won't happen."

Taylor said he would rather remember the Game 6 loss to New Jersey in the playoffs as his last game instead of a meaningless season-ender.

"I don't want to go out there and play two shifts, that's not hockey to me," he said.
Thanks for the cup and the memories, Tim.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:32 AM
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whoever that blogger was that accused taylor of being selfish deserves a good slap.

good luck & good health to tim. he played with pain for many years, hopefully he's pain-free now and can enjoy life!
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:00 PM
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No matter what Vinny does, for some it will never be enough.

Thanks Tim. Capt. Dave gives him a lot of credit for leadership during the Cup year.
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:41 AM
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Good luck to a class guy. I had the pleasure to coach his daughter on a rec. team and then for a little while on a travel team. Tim and his wife are both great people and really down to earth. I saw in the article he could possibly be a scout for us up in Canada. That would be a good role for him in the organization. Thanks for the Cup Tim and God bless.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:06 AM
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Great read from the London Free Press on former Knight, Timmy T.

Taylor Had All The Tools

Talks about his love for Stratford, Ontario (where he's moving his family [back] to), how both his junior and NHL career almost never happened, etc.

And one classic mullet pic:

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Old 04-07-2008, 11:12 AM
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awesome pic, that could be straight out of my high school yearbook!

great article, thanks for the link.
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