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Quick Strikes: Bishop signs for charity

A huge crowd of fans turned out to donate toys and get Bishop’s autograph.

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The Bolts

Yesterday, Ben Bishop held an autograph signing on behalf of charity, and tremendous numbers of fans showed up!

Ask Burnsie: Which Bolts are most fun to interview? "Now, who do I turn to if I need a good quote or really want an in-depth explanation. Two guys come immediately to mind: Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman." []

So you know how last night the Red Wings were supposed to play? We're getting a rested team tonight instead. "Tonight's Red Wings-Hurricanes game canceled due to poor ice." [Detroit Free Press]

From Tasha. "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov needs to spend some time with the Syracuse Crunch in order to get his game back on track." [Fox Sports]

Poor guy. Hope the weather holds. "Ready for takeoff: Tampa Bay Lightning recalls Syracuse Crunch's Tanner Richard again." []

Joe Smith on the Bolts' penalty kill, despite the misleading headline. "Tampa Bay Lightning: Diagnosing the Lightning's power-play woes." [Tampa Bay Times]

OK I had to slip this one in there. Jose Batflip? YES PLEASE. "Tampa Bay Rays Open to Signing Jose Bautista." [Call to the Pen]


Canada blanks Finland, 5-0, on the strength of three goals from Bolts prospects Barzal and Raddysh. [Hockey Canada]

The League

The holiday roster freeze is in effect. "Every roster move completed before the 2016-17 NHL holiday roster freeze." [SBNation]

This kid is good: "Auston Matthews making good on Babcock’s dominant centre prediction." [Sportsnet]

Who saw this one coming? "Donald Trump picks owner of Florida Panthers to be Secretary of the Army." [Miami Herald]

And this one, who saw this one coming too? "Columbus Blue Jackets, owners of a franchise-record nine-game winning streak, are the NHL's hottest team." [LA Times]