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Quick Strikes for Thursday, July 9

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A depth re-signing for the Bolts, some comments from Steven Stamkos’ agent about his contract negotiations, and much more in this edition of Quick Strikes.

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  • The Tampa Bay Lightning and No. 91 have not begun contract negotiations yet. But don't worry - Stamkos said he isn't "losing any sleep over it." [NHL.com]
  • The club did re-sign one player yesterday. Forward Phillippe Paradis, who has played in 200 career AHL games, was signed to a one-year, two-way contract. [Bolt Prospects]
  • New Tampa Bay Lightning forward Erik Condra must have felt like the luckiest person alive when he finalized his contract with the Bolts. He will be reunited with Jon Cooper, his former coach while a member of the Texarkana Bandits of the North American Hockey League, and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was his favorite player growing up. [NHL.com]
  • Former Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio is hoping he can get a chance to play on the blue-line for his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens, during the upcoming season. He recently signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Habs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Remember that huge extension Vladimir Tarasenko signed with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday? Well, it has been reported that he was offered a massive $11 million per season to play for SKA Saint-Petersburg of the KHL. [NHL Trade Rumors]
  • An interesting perspective here. With the closing of Nassau Coliseum and the transition to smaller arenas, owners seem to be willing to squeeze every last time from the fans instead of squeezing more fans into seats. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Stephen Weiss, who was bought out by the Detroit Red Wings after he was signed two years ago as a replacement to Valtteri Filppula, might be a good fit on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster. [Pensburgh]
  • Take a look at this piece by Hockey by Design, where they analyze (rip apart) the Ottawa Senators 25th anniversary logo.
  • The annual Best of the Bay, by Creative Loafing, is back! Vote for all your favorite categories from around the Tampa Bay area. [Creative Loafing Tampa]