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Quick Strikes for Friday, October 7th

Marty’s homecoming, the Oilers look to trade Yak, Mark Barberio still can’t find a consistent spot in the NHL, and more in this morning’s reads.

Eastern Conference Finals: Flyers v Lightning Photo by Scott Audette/Handout/Getty Images

The Bolts

  • In a much discussed move, the Lightning announced yesterday that Martin St. Louis will be the first Lightning player to have his jersey retired. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Tom Jones thinks Bolt fans need to move on from the way Marty left Tampa. [Tampa Bay Times]

The Crunch

  • Daniel Walcott will be a full-time defender for the Crunch this season after splitting time at forward and defense last season. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Check out the latest episode of the Bolt Prospects podcast. [Bolt Prospects]

The League

  • The Blackhawks and Oilers are reportedly discussing a trade involving Nail Yakupov. [Sportsnet]
  • The Kings officially placed forward Marian Gaborik on IR with a broken foot suffered during the World Cup of Hockey. [Sportsnet]
  • Former Lightning and Crunch defender Mark Barberio is headed back to AHL. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • Alexander Radulov has the potential to fit perfectly into an already potent top six forward group in Montreal. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • NHL Numbers takes a look at the offseason of the Atlantic Divison teams. [NHL Numbers]
  • With a few injuries occurring to defenders in Philadelphia, prospect Ivan Provorov seems to be assured a spot to start the season. [Broadstreet Hockey]
  • Get the full rundown on what happened on the waiver wire yesterday. [NHL Numbers]
  • Learn more about Cody Hodgson’s journey from high end prospect to being out of the league at age 26. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • If you’re looking for a really dumb way to spend your money, NHL.com has you covered. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Even President Obama has Phil Kessel jokes. [SBNation]

The Game

  • Former Lightning Steve Downie is exploring the option of playing in Europe next season. [Sportsnet]