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Quick strikes for Friday, August 15

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  • Last Word on Sports summer series "Best o the Rest" touches on the Tampa Bay Lightning with former Bolt Brian Bradley. [Last Word on Sports]
  • Vaulted expectations have been laid out left and right for the Bolts this summer, and Thomas R. Fernandez pours some (needed) cold water with the phrase "sophomore slump." [Sports Talk Florida]
  • Eric Neilson from the Syracuse Crunch accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge in the unique way that Eric Neilson would do it. [Facebook]

  • Who reads the Terms of Service on major web sites?  Well, one Raw Charge staff member did and it lead to this piece from Puck Daddy which asks if the NHL is about to wage war on advanced stats web sites. [Puck Daddy]
  • The mentor of Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, Ken Holland, has been re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a new 4-year contract. The challenge before him seemst o be both to keep the team competitive and to restore fan confidence in him [Winging It In Motown]
  • From last week, just hwo do Winnipeg Jets players feel about the transacton-inaction that seems to be the standard operating procedure for the club? [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • The 1980's were offensive, in a good way, writest Down Goes Brown as he starts a series highlighting the crazy numbers that were produced way-back-when. [Down Goes Brown]
  • Talking defense and talking about the Ottawa Senators potential over-reliance on Erik Karlsson []The Sporting News
  • "Did Shawn Thornton end Marc Savard's career?"  No, but he didn't rescue it either. [Stanle Cup of Chowder]