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Quick Strikes for Saturday, January 31

Cedric is at home, finally. Martin Brodeur gets attention for his new job and everyone besides the team captain is expendable with the Coyotes.

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  • The rage of Lightning fandom after Thursday night at the Amalie is Dump Truck Cedric Paquette. Paquette had been playing with the Bolts with uncertainty where he'd be, Tampa or Syracuse, daily. Up until last week. He won't be demoted back to the Syracuse Crunch, and he can stop living out of a suitcase. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • So, you tossed your hat on the ice at the Amalie on Thursday... Now what the heck is gonna happen to it? [Tampa Bay Times]
  • No, we haven't added a "Dump Truck" or "Hot Pocket" shirt to the Raw Charge Store. That doesn't mean there aren't any cool custom shirts for you to buy. [Gameday Depot]
  • The story behind that heartwarming military reunion that took place during the Lightning / Red Wings game. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Meanwhile, in Syracuse, the Crunch took on the Rochester Americans last night and the two teams combined for 10 goals. 6-4 Syracuse the final and the Crunch defense leading the scoring. [Bolt Prospects]
  • The NHL's Eastern Conference is pretty much locked up at this point for which teams will make the playoffs, which just proves the point that February 1st shows you by and large who the playoff teams will be in the NHL. [Puck Daddy]
  • Talking playoffs necessitates eyes toward the 2015 NHL trade deadline. Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney is on the record that everyone on the Coyotes roster can be had... except team captain Shane DoanOliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle are the two defensemen of sought-after status with the club. [The Score]
  • Things didn't... uh... they didn't quite sound right during the Nashville Predators broadcast of their game against the St. Louis Blues. [Puck Daddy]
  • Martin Brodeur starts a new phase of his life in Missouri as the face of an organization with influence upon its surrounding community. Timing for one Brodeur has created a coincidence with another Brodeur... See for yourself. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Calgary is represented in the Canadian Women's Hockey League by the Calgary Inferno... Well, first off you may not know much about the CWHL and secondly you may know even less about the Inferno... Matchsticks and Gasoline plans to change that for local fans, with the Inferno's help to start. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]
  • A lawsuit has been filed against the Canadian Hockey League - the central body representing the junior leagues - seeking to get players a minimum wage. [ESPN]
  • Nearly completely off the subject of hockey, for Tampa residents, be wary... Pirates are invading and the city will be under siege! The Gasparilla flotilla and invasion is today (and traffic will be snarled by way of it). Things should be cleared up by the time you're making your way to Amalie Arena for the Union Army attack on Fort Brooke (Bolts versus Blue Jackets).  [Tampa Tribune]