10:25 PM EDT, Tue September 01, 2015
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Quick Strikes for Tuesday September 1st

It's officially September, which means that hockey season is right around the corner! Get caught up on news you might have missed in this edition of Quick Strikes. Through his love of baseball, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos seems to support the idea that elite athletes should play multiple sports as they’re growing up. [The Hockey News] Have you voted for the Best of the Bay yet? Time's almost up! [Raw Charge] The Syracuse Crunch schedule was released last week, and a graphic format of it featuring forward Jonathan Marchessault has been released on the team's website (PDF...
Pension Plan Puppets Aug 29, 2015

From the Branches: Taylor Hall has first banana

And maybe Stamkos went to a baseball game or something. Hockey News breaking https://t.co/uU3Qwwi1Wq — James Mirtle (@mirtle) August 29, 2015 True story: I had my first ever banana today. — Taylor Hall (@hallsy04) August 29, 2015 The other August news is about Steven Stamkos! Did he sign anything, you ask? Well, no. He was kind of messing around with baseball again, and it, um, wasn't with the Tampa Bay Rays this time. FINE, it was with his hometown team. Luckily I am on the Jays bandwagon with him, so it wasn't TOO jarring to see him with a Leaf on his hat. I did get teased...
Die By The Blade Aug 28, 2015

2015 Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #15 Nicholas Baptiste

Baptiste is one of the top wingers in the Sabres' prospect pool. Nicholas Baptiste Position: Right Wing Age: 20 Height: 6'0" Weight: 196 lbs. 2014-15 team: Sudbury Wolves/Erie Otters (OHL) Acquired: Drafted in the third round (69th overall) in the 2013 draft Last year's ranking: 20 The NHL is a copy-cat league. During the entire tank era, the idea of fitting a model was constantly brought up. Do the Sabres want to build on the Chicago Model or Pittsburgh Model? Now the Tampa Bay Model is all the rage. The Sabres have their Steven Stamkos in Jack Eichel. They may even have their Victor...
Raw Charge Aug 26, 2015

Quick Strikes for Wednesday, August 26

Good deeds around Tampa are once again invoked by the Tampa Bay Lightning. This one's a multimedia piece (video and a write up with it) on club employees helping with the renovation of a downtown school. [Tampa Bay Lightning] It's still early for power rankings for the division, but it does seem timelier now. The Lightning, to cut to the chase, is #1 overall in these rankings. [Along the Boards] Commercial (Steven Stamkos) interruption. [Bolts by the Bay] New Pittsburgh Penguins wing Phil Kessel looks to be playing with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. I'm calling them "Casey Kasem"...
Raw Charge Aug 25, 2015

If only it were that simple to just sign Steven Stamkos

Impulse is easy, business is complex. Don't get lost in impatience or insecurity, and don't be blinded by want. It is 6 in the evening on the 24th day of the eighth month of year 2015 at the time of this articles publication and Steven Stamkos has not been signed to a contract extension by the Tampa Bay Lightning. There isn't a real news story here, just idle fans (and local columnists who were assigned something besides the Bucs and Rays) have made it into one. The age-old panic fed with help from insecurity and reactionary thinking has presented itself. Steven Stamkos cannot and should...
Raw Charge Aug 22, 2015

Quick Strikes for Saturday August 22nd

Hockey's everywhere! Are the summer doldrums done? We can only hope. Here's your daily dose of links from Raw Charge. Greg Wyshynski says that getting Steven Stamkos to sign on the dotted line with the Bolts isn't as simple as some want it to be. [Puck Daddy] Andrei Vasilevskiy is the Lightning's "superstar goalie in waiting." [Sports Illustrated] This is important: The NHL needs to address rape culture. [Pension Plan Puppets] Like NHL rivalries? See if you agree with this "best of" list. [Grantland] NHL draft analysis: How do teams finding those all-important 500-game players? [Today's...
Pension Plan Puppets Aug 18, 2015

From the Branches: August 18th

I don't have a clever title. Here are some links I found while pondering why my office is at 90% humidity. Jonathan Drouin isn't going anywhere - Raw ChargeDuh, they can't lose both him AND Stamkos Ducks get speed boost; sign Mike Santorelli for one year at $875K | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Adidas wins NHL jersey rights; World Cup sweaters up in air | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Site News: The New Name & The New Writers - In Lou We Trust Help wanted: Fear The Fin is looking for its next site manager - Fear The Fin TLN Prospect Profile: #15 Carter Verhaeghe | The LeafsNation Leafs Nation's...

Throwback Thursday: Brendan Gallagher has always played a fearless brand of hockey

Everything about this video from 2002 is classic Brendan Gallagher This week we'll take a look back at Brendan Gallagher's origin story, and come to the conclusion that he's played his fearless brand of hockey from the beginning. This footage comes from the Brick Super Novice Hockey Tournament, which takes place every year at the West Edmonton Mall, and usually involves a plethora of future NHL stars. Gallagher was 10 when the video was filmed. The Brick tournament has featured players like P.K. Subban, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos, Tyler Seguin, Jordan Eberle, Max Pacioretty, and...
Raw Charge Aug 5, 2015

Quick Strikes for Wednesday, August 5

Some relevant online news for both the Tampa Bay Lightning and NHL, a signing, some hiring, and the NWHL continues to prepare for season number one. Jonathan Quick on Steven Stamkos in Part II of his Sniper Series* article, "But the thing that might be underrated about Stamkos is his ability as a playmaker. He's not just a goalscorer. As a goalie, I have to respect his ability to make a tough pass instead of just selling out on the shot and moving up a half-step in the crease. And that creates a real problem, because his release is world-class." [The Players Tribune] In...