TAMPA, Fla. -- Lightning captain Tim Taylor won't play a final game for Tampa Bay before retiring after the regular season ends.
The 39-year old Taylor, who has missed the entire season after undergoing offseason hip surgery, has recently been practicing with team. Lightning coach John Tortorella had talked with Taylor about returning for one contest at home.
"I'm not coming back" Taylor said during a question-and-answer session with fans before Saturday night's game against Carolina. "I want to remember the good times. I want to remember playing hockey. I don't want Torts to send me out to play two shifts and I'll stand around."
Taylor has 73 goals and 94 assists in 746 career games. A two-time Stanley Cup winner, he provided key leadership when Tampa Bay won its only NHL championship in 2004.
"I think Vinny will be the next captain," Taylor said. "He's taken some great strides in the locker room."
Although nothing has been finalized, Taylor hopes to remain with the organization and work with prospects and minor leaguers.