In an interview with Fox 13 Tampa last week, NHL hall of famer Phil Esposito -- a member of the Bruins' 1972 and 1970 Stanley Cup championship teams whose jersey hangs from the rafters at TD Garden -- said he "could give one damn about Boston."
"I don't care about Boston," Esposito told the local Fox affiliate. "Tampa Bay is my home. The Lightning are like my child. I gave birth to it. It took everything I had physically and probably mentally."
Esposito helped found the Lightning in 1992, serving at first as the team's president and general manager. He's now the team's radio color commentator. He played nine seasons with the Bruins in his 19-year NHL career.
"I hope we smoke 'em to tell you the truth," Esposito said.
He added: "I gotta tell 'em the truth. I'm a Tampa Bay Lightning guy."
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer