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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, September 23

The preseason may have commenced but it's the side-stories that make them interesting, not the results.

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  • Preseason: you're thrilled it's starting. What does J.T. Brown think and feel? His latest diary entry... [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • There's post-game content out there but Quick Strikes was compiled before the game ended. Other write-ups were day-of-game leads.
  • Steven Stamkos cartoon. You decide where it ranks on the Ha-Ha-Ha charts. [Pucks to the Net]
  • It's been a part of informal workouts, it's been part of camp practice, and it was part of Fan Fest scrimmages. How do the players feel about 3-on-3? It doesn't suck for them; let me put it that way. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Lightning has become quite an entity in the Tampa Bay area and part of that is due to the hard work of former CEO Tod Leiweke. Leiweke reflected on the challenge and dream in this interview. [Tampa Bay Business Journal]
  • You probably already heard the news but former Lightning head coach John Tortorella will coach Team USA in 2016's World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. [US News]
  • Torts isn't the most popular guy in hockey and things follow him around and cause him grief. Case in point - being subjected to prank callers on the press teleconference regarding his coaching announcement. [Puck Daddy]
  • What is Tortorella doing this season, though? Is he spending all this time prepping for next year's tournament? Nope, he's joining the NHL Network cast this season. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • The role of the enforcer or goon has ceased in the NHL; skill takes precedence... It's the end of an age. [The Olympian]
  • It would appear dragons are not hip enough for Brooklyn... Which we all knew way before the Islanders decided to do this Brooklyn thing. Just saying. [NYI Point Blank]
  • A feature write up on former Bolt Brant Myhres as he tries to help guide Los Angeles Kings players away from trouble. [TSN]
  • While Tampa Bay has a question with the backup role with the Bolts, the Oilers have a battle of a different variety. It's not one brought on by injury but in part by the face of the organization. [The Copper & Blue]
  • Phil Kessel scored his first goal with the Pittsburgh Penguins!!!.. Well, no, not really. He probably already did it in a scrimmage with the club, and that doesn't count either. Get back to us when he does it after the season starts. [Pensburgh]
  • If there is one commendable, if not troubling, aspect of the Patrick Kane scandal, it's the fact it's turned into a dialog about the crime of sexual assault. This feature is another on the subject, which I mark here with a content warning. Again, the positive that comes from the honesty, courage and outrage is the opening of a dialog. Will it translate into league and social change? [Anaheim Calling]
  • Two women's leagues, distinctive enough that a merger shouldn't be discussed. [Watch This]
  • The South Carolina Stingrays show of the ECHL will show their support for Charleston in the wake of this summer's events. [Huffington Post]
  • Michigan State isn't going to be allowed to have an individualized hockey rink (line color changes). The NCAA just won't allow it... [Detroit Free Press]
  • Off topic close to Quick Strikes: The results of the Best of the Bay will be unveiled tonight at a shindig in St. Petersburg.The full results will be unveiled to the public on Thursday. Here's more info on the event though. [The Mahaffey]