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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, January 7th

Tampa Bay Lightning rankings, mock draft updates, Syracuse Crunch news, reaction to Carlyle's firing and more in today's Quick Strikes.

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  • The Tampa Bay Lightning rank third again this week in NHL Power Rankings. []
  • Ian Esplen at Puck Rant has Tampa Bay taking RW Mikko Rantanen and RW Daniel Sprong in the first round of the NHL Draft in his Mock Draft 1.0. [Puck Rant]
  • The Syracuse Crunch is trying to find the right combination of muscle and brains with decidedly mixed results. []
  • Syracuse Crunch defenseman Luke Witkowski is focusing on his play rather than a promotion to the Lightning [Bolt Prospects]
  • The AHL's All-Star rosters for both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference was released yesterday. [The AHL]
  • Debate: Carlyle's firing raises more questions than it answers. [ESPN]
  • Pension Plan Puppets reaction to Carlyle's firing is one of relief and positive thoughts for the future. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Phil Kessel did not take kindly to a purposely inflammatory question posed by Dave Feschuk. The reaction is priceless. [Pension Plan Puppets]