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Quick Strikes for Thursday, December 10

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Stamkos slip (or was it?), the Triplets return, holiday charity in Tampa and Syracuse, and Wayne Gretzky voices an opinion on a aspect of the 2015-16 NHL game proving to be popular.

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  • Steven Stamkos. Social media. I'll leave it short like that and let you read Erik Erlendsson's piece on yesterday's happenings. [Tampa Tribune]
  • And to see the actual tweet that Stammer fav'd to start the fury... [Lightning Shout]
  • So, view the tweet and if the poll is not visible, visit the tweet itself. Yes, a voting poll is attached:
  • Ondrej Palat looks like he's back for tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Y'know what that means, guys?! The Triplets are back! At least that was the deal on Wednesday at practice. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Lightning and the Marine Corps Reserve are teaming up for a holiday toy drive for Toys for Tones. Now it's on you, Bolts fans - step up and support them with new toy donations. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Attention Syracuse Crunch fans, supporters, and general Syracuse residents who want to be entertained and participate in a good cause: The annual Teddy Bear Toss is Saturday at War Memorial! [Syracuse.com]
  • The WHL's Vancouver Giants have a new GM, and they needed one (so says Andrew Eide of Sportsnet). This has some relevance to the Lightning because of prospect Ben Thomas playing for the Giants. [Sportsnet]
  • Heard any questions about the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, meaning doubts on them sticking around? Well, if you did you can push those rumors and speculation aside with thanks to the Broward County government. [Litter Box Cats]
  • The Great One thinks the 3-on-3 overtime is a great-one (idea that is). [Sportsnet]
  • The good that can be taken from a bad, bad season for the Carolina Hurricanes. [Canes and Coffee]
  • Perhaps you've heard (figuratively or literally) that referee Tim Peel dropped the f-bomb (and was caught on air) twice, directed at James Neal for a dive. Experience it here (keep the volume down). [YouTube]
  • Alexander Semin is going to be released from the Montreal Canadiens organization, making him a free agent. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • Now it's Keith Ballard's turn to retire due to medical ailments/complications. [Star Tribune]
  • Remember Mike Richards ? It's been a while, but his situation is still in legal limbo - and has been delayed. [NBC Sports]