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Quick Strikes for Monday, February 22

Predictions for the trade deadline, takeaways from the Syracuse Crunch fan forum, some trade news and much more in Monday's Quick Strikes.

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  • The Tampa Bay Lightning fathers trip seemed to provide a much-needed boost to the performance of the team on this short two-game road trip. The organization, which is one of several throughout the league that does this, hopes it can make the event an annual tradition. [Tampa Tribune]
  • With Jonathan Drouin still at his Montreal home serving an indefinite unpaid suspension, a question arises: will he be moved by the trade deadline on Feb. 29? [The Lightning Lounge]
  • A shocking rumor last week popped up that Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was on the trading block. But it isn't easy to trade someone of his caliber - there are some risks to it that Habs management probably isn't willing to take. [Spector's Hockey]
  • Rafael Amarante is set to be profiled by the Tampa Bay Lightning for its new #DistantThunder campaign. Rafael is a longtime reader and friend here at Raw Charge:

  • Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon held a forum for fans at the War Memorial. The very candid discussion featured his expectations for the Crunch down the road and his plans for building improvements to the War Memorial. []
  • So, you want to be an NHL Twitter insider? Just follow the E.K.L.U.N.D. strategy and you're golden! [On the Forecheck]
  • Is being an insider not your thing? That's OK! SB Nation has you covered with its 2016 Trade Talk Tracker. [SB Nation NHL]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs, near the bottom of the league in the standings, made a trade with the Colorado Avalanche yesterday. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Mile High Hockey shares its perspective of the trade, which saw Shawn Matthias go west while the Maple Leafs picked up Colin Smith and a fourth round draft pick in 2016. [Mile High Hockey]
  • The NWHL will hand out its Perseverance Award on March 20. The award will almost certainly go to Boston Pride forward Denna Laing, who was tragically injured when she crashed head first into the end boards on Dec. 31. She has made incredible strides throughout her recovery and made an appearance for her team in its final game of the season. [Today's Slapshot]
  • USA Hockey will reveal its preliminary selections on March 2 for the 2016 World Cup. Here are some predictions for the group of forwards. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Finally, we leave you with this - a save of the year candidate for the AHL. And it wasn't even a goalie! Wow! [USA Today]