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Quick strikes and links for Monday, August 20th, 2012

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"I'm getting out of here and I'm taking #25 with me!". Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
"I'm getting out of here and I'm taking #25 with me!". Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Lightning News

  • Matt Carle will wear #25 next season (if and when that happens), becoming the first player to dawn the number since former captain Dave Andreychuk [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Carle and GM Steve Yzerman made sure to get the blessings of Dave, though. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • In case you missed it, Puck Daddy had a rinky-dink Tampa Bay site list their Essentials for the Lightning [Puck Daddy]
  • Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is now a Tampa Bay resident. He's adjusting to being a much more public figure than he's used to being. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Steven Stamkos was among several NHL stars who turned out for the NHLPA's counter / alternative proposal to the owners last week [TBO]
  • Yzerman. Is. Jedi. [Raw Charge Store]

NHL News

  • A poetic notion
    The thrill of writing
    A goalie bares his verse
    [@Geffman47 via Twitlonger]
  • The NHL Fan Association (NHLFA) - a long running fan union - pitches their own proposal to ownership and the Players Association [NHLFA]
  • Former Bolt, Lightning TV personality and 98.7 The Fan radio personality Chris Dingman reflects on his career [The Hockey News]
  • The crew at Second City Hockey are moving on to sunnier pastures [Second City Hockey]