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Quick Strikes for Thursday, February 26

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Lightning prospects rank, the Syracuse Crunch stumble, and expansion rhetoric is part of today's morning reads.

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  • Elliott Friedman's latest "30 Thoughts" piece invokes the Tampa Bay Lightning - twice. Check out number 17 and 18 if you're curious about a trade possibility and an opposing opinion. [Sportsnet]
  • Okay, I'll cut to the chase: #17 invokes defenseman Roman Polak as an option for the Bolts. Michael Stuart over at Hockey Buzz discusses the idea of the Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman being acquired and if it works or not. [Hockey Buzz]
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy had been reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday with the intent to have him play last night. The Rochester Americans beat the Crunch 4-3, so playing time? Yes. Victory? No. [Bolt Prospects]
  • So, it's late in the season now and the Tampa Bay Lightning has a deep system... Just where and how do prospect-level players rank? We give you Bolt Prospects midterm prospect rankings for the 2014-2015 season. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Maybe she's biased because she lives in his neck of the woods and follows his play (on top of other netminders) but Clare Austin thinks award hardware should be conceded to Pekka Rinne already. [Puckology]
  • Patrick Kane is done for the regular season and won't be back unless the Blackhawks make a deep playoff run. He's had sugary on a clavicle break suffered during a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. [Second City Hockey]
  • Paul Stewart wrote a blog post that depicted Eric Lindros as a jerkface... The sentiment that fans in general learned about Lindros fit that description to a T so the write up and anecdote did not seem wrong. Well, Eric Lindros found it to be wrong and has decided to be a jerkface and sue. [Puck Daddy]
  • It's been a while since Seattle made waves in the expansion speculation... Well, Seattle has decided to make a splash: The city's new proposed arena was to be built with/for the NBA firstly in mind...Not any more. [KING 5]
  • And while we talk expansion... Vegas, baby!