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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, December 29th

News from around the hockey world to digest with your morning coffee in this edition of Quick Strikes.

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  • With the NHL roster freeze over, many are pondering: Does the Lightning need to make a move? [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has officially donated $10 million through the Lightning Community Heroes program:
  • The milestone of the Lightning Community Heroes program comes five years after Lightning chairman and governor Jeff Vinik, along with his wife Penny, pledged $10 million to Tampa Bay area non-profits over five seasons. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • In case you missed it, forwards Mike Angelidis and Mike Blunden were re-assigned to the Syracuse Crunch yesterday. [Raw Charge]
  • Despite multiple personnel losses, the Crunch are still at .500, but are also down 4 in this week's AHL Power Rankings. [Chirps From Center Ice]
  • It isn't too late to donate to the Syracuse Crunch's Change for Change, an initiative created by Crunch captain Mike Angelidis and his teammates that aims to raise money for pediatric cancer research at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and help improve the odds for children with cancer. [Go Fund Me]
  • The American Hockey League's 80 years are filled with legendary stories of a not-so-glamorous but extremely important step in a hockey player's career. [ESPN]
  • The New York Rangers would be better off to start 2016 with a fresh start. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Newly minted Montreal Canadien Ben Scrivens started the most recent AHL outdoor game with the Bakersfield Condors. Could he start for Montreal this Friday in the NHL's Winter Classic?
  • 2015 was the year of Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The NHL is going to host the first-ever Outdoor Women’s Classic with the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) playing the Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). [Today's Slapshot]
  • Have you heard the story of the fictional Japanese player, Taro Tsujimoto? [Elite Prospects]
  • The Lightning Sled Hockey Youth Program has teamed up with Tom Reinarts and the Space Coast Hurricanes to take on the Nashville Sled Preds in a home-and-home youth series. [Tampa Bay Lightning]