- Tuesday was an open practice at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon for the Tampa Bay Lightning. And fans in attendance reacted appropriately when defenseman Victor Hedman joined the team for practice. Oh, Brayden Coburn was there too. [Tampa Tribune]
- How about a multimedia report from practice? Sound good? Here you go...
- Meanwhile, in the northern climes of Tampacuse, Syracuse Crunch team captain Mike Angelidis will miss this weekend's games with an undisclosed uppp-rbody injury. He'll be re-assessed next week. [The Post-Standard]
- Speaking of Tampacuse, minor note that the "Greetings from Tampacuse" design is now available in women's v-neck sizes. [Gameday Depot]
- Some whispers started the other day of Marc Savard being on his way out with the Boston Bruins. There's logic in that move, and the Bruins status with the cap dominates that logic. [Days of Y'Orr]
- Jaominr Jagr was talking with an overseas outlet about the chances he'll be back in Sunrise with the Florida Panthers next season. "Pretty good" are how he described those chances... [Sportsnet]
- An older read but a relevant question to reflect on with this being the last week of the season and all that - is Aaron Ekblad having that great rookie season in part because of his pairing with Brian Campbell on defense? [Litter Box Cats]
- The Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin reached a major milestone on Monday night, notching his 700th career assist during the Canucks 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. [Canucks Army]
- Andrew Berkshire makes a detailed analytical case for P.K. Subban to win the Norris Trophy, with Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson earning more direct comparison. [Eyes on the Prize]
- The story of Columbus Blue Jackets defensemen Jack Johnson and money issues caused by family mistakes dominated the early goings of the season. Yeah, well... Johnson's money woes haven't stopped there. Can you say "Ponzi Scheme"? [Puck Daddy]
- It's not NHL expansion news... It's simply a case being made for a Seattle NHL expansion team (if that happens... though it seems likely enough as it stands) gets named the Seattle Metropolitans after Seattle's old hockey team that was the first American club to win the Stanley Cup. [Seattle Metropolitans]
- The Ottawa Senators are still living, still breathing with their playoff hopes with a remarkable comeback overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.Ottawa is now tied in points with the Boston Bruins (95). [Silver Seven Sens]
Quick Strikes for Wednesday, April 8
The Bolts are back in town and back at practice, Henrik Sedin hit a big number for his career, and Jack Johnson has this problem with trust and money.