Brandon, FL-- Former Lightning head coach Guy Boucher, answered questions from reporters Wednesday, for the first time since being fired 10 days ago.

Boucher said he wanted to cool down and let the situation settle, before talking about his firing. Steve Yzerman let Boucher go on the last road trip to Canada, after a loss to Ottawa.

Boucher coached the Lightning for 2 and a half years, leading them to within one win of the Stanley Cup Finals in his first year in 2011. He has one year to go on his contract.

Boucher said the many injuries the Lightning suffered this season, really hurt game preparations.

"If you're missing one good player, it changes everything," said Boucher. "It changes your power play your penalty kill and what you do on your face offs, so when you're missing 2 and 3 good players like other teams have been missing, it poses different kinds of problems. And sometimes you end up doing well for a certain times and sometimes you don't and sometimes it's a lot more difficult to deal with it."

The Lighting have won 2 of 3 games under new coach Jon Cooper.

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