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Quick Strikes for Saturday, September 19

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Ice installs, Public Relations in the crease, and some league news to start NHL training camps.

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  • Do you remember all that "Lightning to trade Jonathan Drouin" rumor crap that came by way of the playoffs last spring? You remember how it lingered like a given by some people this summer? That was adorable..... Because it sure doesn't look like such a given. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • And this is just cool, a time-lapse video of the ice installation at the Amalie:

  • Oh, go ahead and drag ownership into this Steven Stamkos contract thing, go ahead. This isn't the Glazers or other franchise owners in North American sports, Vinik trusts in his people to do the job. He stated as much Friday. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Enthusiasm! Excitement! And Lightning PR guru Brian Breseman: PR Guru turned Goalie (That's a compliment, Brian. Cheers!) [TBO]
  • J.T. Brown is keeping a journal during training camp and sharing the experience in a text-fashion with the fans. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • The schedule for Lightning Launch Weekend (practices, Fan Fest) can be found here. [TBO]
  • Former Lightning forward Jeff Halpern has returned to the franchise. He'll be working with the minor league players in Syracuse on development. [Syracuse.com]
  • Determining the value of players in the Atlantic Division. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Elsewhere in the NHL on opening day of training: Josh Ho-Sang is juniors bound after showing up late to start camp. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • With pomp and circumstance, the Montreal Canadiens have a new team captain. [All Habs]
  • PSA: Surprises are nice, but you can't pull off a surprise properly if you don't know the proper location of the person you want to surprise. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin learned that. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Daniel Alfredsson's career might be over but his job is just beginning as Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations for the Ottawa Senators. [Hooked on Hockey Magazine]
  • Alan Hull gives his third-party opinion on the disaster that was the Chicago Blackhawks / Patrick Kane press conference that took place on Thursday in Chicago. [The Copper & Blue]
  • You can throw around the words that a team pays players to disappear when they buy them out, but a team isn't usually that direct... An exception is the Carolina Hurricanes with regard to Alex Semin. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]