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With Kucherov out, Bolts recall Conacher

CrunchCast Episode #1 (WOOOO good job, Brandon & Allo!)

From the Press Box: (There’s no) Cheering in the press box

The Bolts

How can the Bolts get back to winning things? How about by keeping the puck more. "The Lightning may have lost the game, but the team’s performance through seven games reveals three keys to the team’s success that can carry the Lightning through the regular season and areas where they can improve." [THW]

Kailer Yamamoto, draft eligible in 2017, talks about his year; and because he's from Washington State, about Tyler Johnson. "The mother of [Tampa Bay Lightning forward] Tyler Johnson taught me how to skate, believe it or not. Tyler has had a huge influence on me. I work out with him every summer so I see him a lot." [NHL]

Audio: Episode 111 of the Hockey PDOcast has a solid section about the positives and negatives of Ben Bishop’s play. [PDOcast]

Audio: "Joe Smith breaks down the beginning of this road trip — and an interview with Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who talked about losing his two front teeth in Toronto and his best start of the season." [Tampa Bay Times]

The League

Susan Darrington is in charge of running the Edmonton Oilers' new arena, Rogers Place, and this is her story. [Globe and Mail]

The title of this one is "ENOUGH! SHEA WEBER WORSHIP IS ALREADY OUT OF HAND, TWO WEEKS INTO SEASON." It's by Dave Lozo, so expect the whole thing to have filthy and hilarious language. [The Comeback]

Former president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is looking hard at Seattle for a new hockey venue. "A powerful, new Los Angeles-based company headed by sports executive Tim Leiweke and concert kingpin Irving Azoff wants to renovate KeyArena and make it compatible for NBA and NHL use." [ Seattle Times ]

In my other life as a writer and editor for Pension Plan Puppets, there has been both joy and concern for eternally underweight yet skillful Mitch Marner. Bolts fans could teach that fanbase a thing or two about smaller skilled guys, eh? This article discusses the fact that everyone's worry is unfounded. [National Post]

This ESPN insider piece takes a look at ANCIENT hockey players older than age 34 who are still good at their sport. [ESPN Insider - paywall]

Do you think a two-game suspension was fitting for David Pastrnak? [CBC]

"National Hockey League (NHL) players would love to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics but are unlikely to shoulder the burden of paying their own travel costs, NHL players' association executive Mathieu Schneider has said." [Reuters]