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Quick Strikes for Saturday, February 7

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A milestone for a Lightning coach, more on the Evander Kane saga, and the Syracuse Crunch will "Woooooo" it up tonight.

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  • Tonight will be a milestone for Lightning assistant coach Rick Bowness, it'll be the 2,000th game that he's been involved with as a coach. Scotty Bowman is the other notable name of record who has achieved that feat in his career. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Also tonight, much further north, the Nature Boy Ric Flair makes an appearance at the War Memorial and the Syracuse Crunch game against the Springfield Falcons. [Syracuse.com]
  • The Crunch dropped one to the Bridgeport Soundtigers last night in overtime. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Records were set in the Toronto Maple Leafs / New Jersey Devils game Friday night: Patrik Elias scored his 400th career goal and the Leafs lost their 11th consecutive game, a franchise record. [In Lou We Trust]
  • Evander Kane's not getting out of Winnipeg any time soon - his trade potential goes to zero as he opts for season ending shoulder surgery. [CBC]
  • "The league and its fans aren't rolling their eyes at [Evander] Kane the way they did [Sean] Avery, they're genuinely baffled at how the Jets and Kane got to this place." [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The New York Rangers have suffered a blow in the crease as Henrik Lundqvist is out for at least three weeks with a vascular injury. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Guys with bad contracts have less than no value sometimes. Others pass through waivers unclaimed by 29 other NHL teams. Welcome to the unmovable assets known as the NHL negative-value guys. Now praise them. [Grantland]
  • It's part of a larger article of notes tied to Thursday night's Red Wings - Avalanche game, but the interesting note is that news of a Detroit Red Wings / Colorado Avalanche alumni game will take place before their Stadium Series game in 2016 in Denver. [Denver Post]