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Quick Strikes for Thursday, January 8

The Bolts are no longer considered a sleeper team, Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler speaks about the changes in Toronto, Mike Yeo goes on a tirade, and evidence of the AHL's rumored west migration may have come to light.

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  • CBS Sports has released its quarterly grades for every team through the first half of the season. The Lightning? They've gotten an "A" for both quarters. [CBS Sports]
  • Meanwhile, The Hockey News believes the Bolts are for real, keeping up with the best of the NHL. [The Hockey News]
  • After firing Randy Carlyle as head coach, the Toronto Maple Leafs have named a new interim coach in Peter Horachek. Horachek was previously the interim head coach of the Florida Panthers, righting the ship - to an extent - after Kevin Dineen was fired in 2013. [Toronto Star]
  • Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler weighed in on the changes in Toronto. Zettler was an assistant with the Maple Leafs before Randy Carlyle was hired. He said he learned a lot from his experiences there. [Syracuse.com]
  • Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo channeled his inner Herb Brooks and ripped into his team for a poor effort during practice. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Our friends at Litter Box Cats gave an in-depth analysis of the Florida Panthers depth chart. There are some good things and some not-so-good things, but it looks like things are starting to improve for a team that has had issues for the past several years. [Litter Box Cats]
  • If you love history as much as I do, you will especially enjoy this piece - a brief history of all 30 NHL team names. [The Week]
  • Finally, it looks like the Norfolk Admirals, former AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, will be sold to its current affiliate, the Anaheim Ducks, and moving out west to be closer to the team. This is the first tangible evidence of a forthcoming west migration by the league, which has been rumored for two years now. [Pro Hockey Talk]