Thursday, February 14, 2008

Prospal Versus The Fonz

News out of Tampa this morning is that Vaclav Prospal and head coach John 'Fonzie' Tortorella are not getting along.

In fact, according to Adam Proteau's Hockey News blog, Prospal dedicated his two goals in Tuesday's win over the Habs to Torts, but not in the way you might expect.

From The Hockey News:

"Prospal – never exactly a favorite of head coach/grumpus-in-chief John Tortorella to begin with – followed up his two-goal performance in the Bolts’ 3-2 win over Montreal Tuesday with a post-game TV interview in which he called the evening one of the most rewarding of his career.

The 32-year-old Czech, who was dropped from the Lightning’s top line recently and subsequently had his ice time cut severely, also said in the interview that he felt his performance Tuesday shoved it up “somebody’s” behind.

Prospal refused to name the behind in question, but immediately after, and I’m sure by some strange and random coincidence, he was called into Tortorella’s office for a 25-minute meeting with the coach and GM Jay Feaster – while still wearing his equipment.

After that, Tortorella all but identified himself as the object of Prospal’s ire.

“I'm not here to be the happy man and make everybody happy,” the coach said. “I'm here to make calls as far as the game is concerned.”

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