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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, October 1

Some people are underwhelmed by the Lightning's new third jersey, lots of radio antics to report today, might the NHL participate in Europe's Champions League? It's hockey reading goodness to start your Wednesday.

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  • Hey! You want to listen to some Tampa Bay Lightning talk from a Raw Charge regular? Clark Brooks takes to the airwaves at 8:30 AM on 98.7 The Fan this morning on the Kirk and Kage show. [98.7 The Fan - live stream link]
  • Speaking of the airwaves, the Lightning and WFLA radio announced a new broadcasting deal on Tuesday, keeping the Bolts on 970 WFLA through 2016-2017 [620 WDAE]
  • Who needs radio when you have podcasts?! Bolt Prospects gets in on the act with a podcast of their own. [Buzzsprout]
  • When the most compelling reason presented to would-be fans not to root for the Lightning is listed as "If you're a hipster" then it may appear to make space on the team bandwagon. [Sportsnet]
  • Alexis Boucher is underwhelmed by Tampa Bay's new alternate uniforms. [Lightning Shout!]
  • 401 Channelside Drive, the building Amalie Arena and formerly the Tampa Bay Times Forum, via St. Pete Times Forum thru Ice Palace, had a pair of popular summer months this year. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • For arguments sake, just who are candidates for the 2015 Calder Award? A lengthy discussion focusing on the big-name rookie class, including (of course) Jonathan Drouin. [The Loser Point]
  • An argument can be made that no professional player is worth the contract he signed. In the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs David Clarkson, it's a running joke as well as a hard fact he's overpaid. [Two Pad Stack]
  • Charles Wang is out of the picture with the New York Islanders after the NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the club. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • In Europe, a Champions League kicked off this summer, pitting the best teams from around Europe against one another. The NHL and the NHLPA are discussing sending the Eastern and Western Conference Champions over to participate in the future. [TSN]