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Quick Strikes for Saturday, August 15

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Some points Pro Hockey Talk focused on with the Bolts on Friday, an event of note in Markham today, and some noteworthy signings around the NHL.

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  • Pro Hockey talk focused on the antics revolving around the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. One area of conversation where question(s) for the Bolts... There was only one key focus - the contract extension for #91. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Who is a prime candidate to make the leap from the AHL to the NHL? He's on defense... [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Then again, you might want a full lineup summary to get an idea where we're at right now... Great time to post a link to the Raw Charge Lined-Up Update! [Raw Charge]
  • And from the "We knew this, we were paying attention" department, the club will have a largely familiar look with the product on ice this upcoming season. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • For residents in Markham, Ontario the annual hockey equipment swap will feature local product, NHL star and Lightning team captain Steven Stamkos. [YorkRegion.com]
  • The biggest story from Friday was the Toronto Maple Leafs continuing the turnover of the organization by hiring Jacques Lemaire as a special assistant coach. It remains to be seen if and when Mike Babcock balks at the style of play management calls for. [The Leafs Nation]
  • Defenseman Sergei Gonchar returns to the Pittsburgh Penguins - on a tryout basis. Gonchar spent five seasons on the Pens blue-line before signing as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators. He'd played for Dallas after his stint in Ottawa and then got traded to the Canadiens last season. [Pensburgh]
  • The other big signing - this one a solid 4 year deal - sees Carl Hagelin join the Anaheim Ducks. [Anaheim Calling]
  • It's business and technical stuff you need to know about the NHL's deal with Major League Baseball and how it's going to affect you.[Puck Daddy]
  • You're used to hearing about the Arizona Coyotes for their business issues with the city of Glendale, but perhaps it may be more interesting to catch a glimpse of something more valuable to the sport: the organizational depth. [Five for Howling]
  • How about another hockey league? This one featuring the best retired players in the world... [theScore]