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Quick Strikes for Monday, January 25

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Get your Monday morning coffee. In this edition of Quick Strikes: a feature about some unforgettable bonds being formed in the face of adversity, a read about the spread of hockey in the South, and a video profile on the United States National Sled team.

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  • It was reported this weekend that Thomas Chabot of the Ottawa Senators could be a potential trade target in the ongoing talks regarding Jonathan Drouin. [The 6th Sens]
  • "For that half-hour, hour they're in the room, they're not thinking about anything else, just enjoying the moment." Read how Jon Cooper and the rest of the Lightning became heroes in the lives of those around the Tampa Bay area who are dealing with health battles. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Meet the man behind the cannon of a shot from the Bolts blue line: Jason Garrison. [The Hockey News]
  • Ryan Callahan's grandmother recently celebrated her 100th birthday. "She's all with it and everything," says Callahan. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Lightning game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night might have been a tough one for Bolts fans and players alike, but nothing compares to what Andrew Shaw went through when the Blackhawks went up against our rivals from the South. The best (worst?) part about it? He was sitting on the bench when this happened. [Second City Hockey]
  • Set your DVR. Here is the broadcast schedule for the upcoming AHL All-Star Weekend, to be held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. [The AHL]
  • The KHL All-Star Skills Competition was held Saturday, and I don't think Linus Omark's stunt in the shootout competition will be one-upped for a long, long time. [Puck Daddy]
  • Some former NHL players are joining forces to help their peers who have fallen upon hard times after retirement. Among those helping out is Steve Ludzik, a former head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning who is now battling Parkinson's disease. [Spector's Hockey]
  • Check out the work of Eric Rodgers, who formerly covered the Oklahoma City Barons. In this post, he compiled some advanced statistics for the AHL's San Antonio Rampage. [Tend the Farm]
  • As hockey tries to gain a larger traction in the South, the continued success of the Dallas Stars has played a large role. [Shreveport Times]
  • Finally, coming off its exciting gold medal win over Team Canada in overtime on Saturday, Team USA was featured on the Today show. [Today]