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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, October 4

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The Bolts team captain is back among them, expectations and hopes are high for Tampa Bay, a former Bolt defenseman will announce the end of his playing career, and other stories for Tuesday.

End of the line for former Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle...
End of the line for former Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle...
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The Bolts

  • Talking about the ongoing negotiations between Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning. [The Lightning Lounge]
  • As for team captain Steven Stamkos and his return to the Bolts, he was eager to rejoin the team. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • You can rejoice or be wary that things were jinxed from this, but the Lightning has the opportunity with the season ahead to once again reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Hopefully.... [Yahoo Sports]

The Crunch

  • The men who were sent down to the Syracuse Crunch but had to pass through waivers did, in fact, pass through waivers. [Syracuse.com]

The NHL

  • All Habs tries to rally the Montreal Canadiens faithful to back up new Habs defenseman Shea Weber. [All Habs]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks are losing Niklas Hjalmarsson to start the season with thanks to his suspension. [Second City Hockey]
  • Jim Rutherford spoke about how he made his Pittsburgh Penguins into Champions. Excluded factoid: Tampa Bay got hurt in the Eastern Conference Finals. [Pensburgh]
  • So, the Sens are relocating their AHL affiliate to Ontario. That leaves Binghamton a potential destination for Las Vegas to affiliate with starting in 2017. Will they, though? [The Sin Bin]
  • Former Lightning defenseman, former San Jose Sharks defenseman, former New York Rangers defenseman... Former. Stress former. Dan Boyle will announce his retirement on Wednesday:

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