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Quick Strikes for Friday, September 9th

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The Lightning make a French connection, Connor McDavid will captain Team North America, Alex Ovechkin plays soccer and more in this morning’s reads.

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The Bolts

The Crunch

  • The Lightning signed an agreement to partner with the Lyon Hockey Club meaning that Crunch players could be looking forward to spending some time in France. [Syracuse.com]

The League

  • Former Nashville Predator Paul Gaustad retires. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • Everyone in Calgary still hates us but if they didn’t, we could commiserate while we wait for our teams’ best offensive players to sign new deals. [Flames Nation]
  • Dale Weise didn’t particularly enjoy his time in Chicago. [Second City Hockey]
  • Tearing down a franchise is easy. Rebuilding is the hard part. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Just how good can Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn be? Really really really good. [Defending Big D]
  • The only thing that seems to have changed in Edmonton this summer is the grandiosity of the mistakes. [Copper and Blue]
  • Devils fans imagine all the different ways Taylor Hall could fit into the team’s lineup. [All About the Jersey]
  • Do you want to see a picture of Alex Ovechkin playing soccer? Of course you do. Click the dang link. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Turns out millenials are responsible for the decrease in scoring in the NHL. That’s so not lit fam. [Canucks Army]

The Game

  • Connor McDavid will captain Team North America during the World Cup of Hockey. [Today’s Slapshot]