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Quick Strikes for Thursday, August 21

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Captain Joe Thornton no more.
Captain Joe Thornton no more.
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  • Tampa Bay Lightning Assistant General Manager Julien BriseBois takes the Ice Bucket Challenge... He then challenges former Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Derrick Brooks. [Twitter / Youtube]
  • Tragedy strikes a couple who were married at an April Lightning game; Matt Sokolowski was killed in a plane crash off the Bahamas [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has officially taken over Channelside Bay Plaza; though he had reached an agreement last month - he still had to close on the deal. That was accomplished Tuesday. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The bidding war for the services of collegiate free agent Kevin Hayes has come to an end, he's signed a contract with the New York Rangers {Blueshirt Banter]
  • Commercial interruption of sorts, the Syracuse Crunch now have the first batch of their Frozen Dome t-shirts on sale [Syracuse Crunch]
  • With stats website Extra Skater gone the way of the dodo, a prominent Washington Capitals blog is looking to create a replacement site, but needs help to do so. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Changes planned this summer didn't quite take place with the San Jose Sharks, but one big change has taken place now - Joe Thornton has been removed as team captain. [CSN Bay Area]
  • Citing competitive balance (and not all the dive-for-McDavid rhetoric already taking place) the NHL has modified it's rules for the NHL Drat Lottery. [NHL.com]
  • Mark Moore, brother of former NHL'er Steve Moore, says no deal is in place yet between Steve and Todd Bertuzzi, which contradicts reports from Tuesday saying everything was settled. [TSN]