Mike Smith has been a positive and well positioned goalie even though the Lightning are losing. With a legitimate shot at the #1 spot and away from the high-stressed Tortorella atmosphere Mike Smith is feeling pretty confident.
Tortorella's approach regarding goalies was perform or sit. He won a Stanley Cup so who'd argue with his approach. The goalie merry-go-round started in 05-06 with John Grahame, then Marc Denis & Johan Holmqvist also felt Tortorella's wrath.
New coach Barry Melrose takes a different approach. "If you're a competitor, you're always one of my favorite players. Mike Smith competes."
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