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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, August 26

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
  • Good deeds around Tampa are once again invoked by the Tampa Bay Lightning. This one's a multimedia piece (video and a write up with it) on club employees helping with the renovation of a downtown school. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • It's still early for power rankings for the division, but it does seem timelier now. The Lightning, to cut to the chase, is #1 overall in these rankings. [Along the Boards]
  • Commercial (Steven Stamkos) interruption. [Bolts by the Bay]
  • New Pittsburgh Penguins wing Phil Kessel looks to be playing with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. I'm calling them "Casey Kasem" (K-C-K); now on with the countdown! [The Score] New Pittsburgh Penguins wing Phil Kessel looks to be playing with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. I'm calling them "Casey Kasem" (K-C-K); now on with the countdown! [The Score]
  • You have less than two weeks remaining to vote in the Creative Loafing Best of the Bay awards for 2015. We may focus on the "People, Places and Politics" section here (and the Lightning for that matter) but there is a ton of categories and nominees representing a wide variety of fields that you may find interest in. [Raw Charge]
  • Stammer isn't the only player in a new-contract position, so is the Los Angeles Kings Anze Kopitar... who just so happens to be awesome (so says just about everyone). [Jewels from the Crown]
  • Former Lightning assistant coach Craig Ramsey has landed in Quebec; he'll be a coaching consultant for Les Habs. [All Habs]
  • The latest example of the Patrick Kane fallout is the accused Blackhawk losing a tribute with the OHL's London Knights. [Second City Hockey]
  • Forbes listed the 50 most valuable professional sports franchises around the world. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only NHL club to make the list. (For local sake: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on the list) [Make Gameday Everyday]
  • Commie propaganda spoofed marvelously (with Mike Keenan as Vladimir Lenin). Mind you, it's in Russian but it's amusing. [YouTube]
  • Tuesday, the Calgary Flames made their defenseman captain Mark Giordano a very rich man. [Flames Nation]
  • Finally, the season is getting closer folks. Informal skating is underway in some places in preps for training camp. Case in point, let's takes a look at the informal stuff in St. Louis: