The other day during the game thread over at Raw Charge, we got talking about what Rick Tocchet must say during his speeches. After several minutes of conjecture, the topic was dropped and left to the imagination. Well, you’re in luck Lightning fans, as your always reliable DTV confiscated some footage of the speech.
Rick Tocchet: How was this morning, guys?
Marty St. Louis: Not bad, boss. Pretty brisk morning skate.
Steven Stamkos: About the same as always, coach.
I really think it went well.: I spent some extra time working on faceoffs, and helping a few of the younger guys with outlet passes, and their transition game.
Younger Guys: It was great, thanks Vinny.
RT: Well, whatever. I was talking about the Sunday morning cartoons, but I guess all that other stuff is good to know. Well, it’s a big game this afternoon. We face the Rangers, and they are one of the teams we really need to beat.
: Yeah, they’re right on our heels, a couple insurance points heading into the break would be great.
RT: No, I meant because coach.is their
A Few Guys: “Oh…”
RT: Last time we played them, they beat up on us pretty bad.
RT: And I didn’t bother to call a timeout, or pull the goalie until the third, or really do much of anything.
Everyone: “Uh huh.”
RT: Well, we need to…. Lecavalier, how many damn times do I have to tell you not to talk to Marty? This is at least the 50th time.
VL: But coach, we’re discussing power play strategies.
RT: But nothing! The only members of this team allowed to talk to Marty are Stamkos and Downie. Besides, you should be talking to your own linemates, you guys have been awful lately.
*Vinny looks over at Alex Tanguay who is completely asleep (much like he is most of the time when he’s on the ice) and at newcomer Mark Parrish who is still unpacking his bags and can’t seem to find his skates, and has his shoulder pads on backwards. Vinny shakes his head in disgust, and goes on his cell phone to check out the latest post on Don’t Trade Vinny.
RT: What was I saying? Oh, right. We need to come out and score quick!
RT: Someone on their team needs to end up Konopka’d!
RT: We need a power play goal from golden boy!
RT: We need to take a bunch of dumb penalties!
RT: And finally, we need a FULL TWENTY MINUTES OF GOOD HOCKEY! LET’S GO!!!!
Team: YEAH!!! LET’S GO!!!!