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Quick Strikes and links for Saturday, September 8th, 2012

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You wouldn't know it by that smile, but Slater Koekkoek's got himself an owie.
You wouldn't know it by that smile, but Slater Koekkoek's got himself an owie.

It's been a few weeks since we last ran a Quick Strikes post. The doldrums of August are well over and other leagues (the KHL, the Canadian Junior leagues, and elsewhere) are moving along once again, and the National Hockey league is...

Oh, that... Bah. Get it done, gentlemen.

NHL CBA News

  • After breaking off last week and silence this week, NHL and NHLPA represenatitives met to talk informally today in New York [SB Nation NHL]
  • Our old friend James Mirtle summarizes just what's at stake and what's the hold up in these labor negotiations. It amounts to $1.28 billion. [Globe and Mail]
  • Phil Esposito, in Russia for the 40th anniversary of the fabled Summit Series, contemplates a KHL role if the lockout does happen. [TB Lightning 101]
  • Rudy Kelly has nothing but...uh...contempt for ownership. "Contempt" doesn't accurately describe it, really. Um, this language is NSFW but this was too funny not to linkto. [Battle of California]

Lightning News

  • Next Thursday is the annual Vincent Lecavalier celebrity Texas Hold'em Poker tournament. Stars of all sorts (including members of your very own Tampa Bay Lightning) will be part of the gamble for charity [Vinny4.com]
  • Slater Koekkoek, the Lightning's 1st round draft choice in the June entry draft, played in his first game since 2011 last night... And suffered a deep bruise. He's out for two weeks. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Lightning goaltending prospect Jaroslav Janus, fresh off his tryout with a Slovakian KHL club, inks a two-year contract. He's got an out-clause in year two of that contract, though. [Bolt Prospects]
  • "Who you callin' scruffy-lookin'?!" [Sons of Andreychuk]
  • "Rolling Thunder", the Bolts interactive fan vehicle, is embarking on a 20-stop tour. 20 stops. 20th anniversary. You get the gist. Here's more info [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Speaking of the team anniversary, Hockey Tracker has a brief write up on the Bolts team history [Hockey Tracker]

NHL News

  • The Phoenix Coyotes (along with the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers) have donated equipment to honor Jessica Redfield Ghawi [AZcentral.com]
  • Madison Square Garden is not the only arena in the five boroughs of New York City that can host hockey. Barclays Center in Brooklyn was having ice lain on Friday. [Twitter]
  • It's been a year since the tragedy of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The resurrection of the franchise after such an unspeakable loss... well, it was no easy task [Puck Daddy]