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Quick Strikes: The Callahan/Filppula conundrum gets national press

Whether they are traded remains to be seen.

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The Bolts

What Lightning fans have known since the offseason: the team’s expansion plan hinges on Valtteri Filppula and Ryan Callahan. [ESPN]

Lightning injury updates:

Andrei Vasilevskiy wants everyone to know that he’s still learning. [Tampa Bay Times]

Now that’s a goal.

The Game

Kelly Chase’s thank you to the city of St. Louis for the Winter Classic, and how it affected players emotionally in different ways. [St. Louis Post Dispatch]

The Devils inducted their first owner, the late John McMullen, into their Ring of Honor. Ken Daneyko recalls how much McMullen was there for him when Daneyko battled with alcohol abuse during his career. [NJ Advance Media]

An inside look into Misha Donskov’s role as the Golden Knights’ director of hockey operations. [Review Journal]

Brendan Gallagher will miss eight weeks thanks to teammate Shea Weber’s slapshot. Rude. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

Emergency backup goalies are like a box chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

Are the Hurricanes on pace to make the playoffs? [Canes Country]

What a time to be alive for a Blue Jackets fan. [Jackets Cannon]

The Devils were truly awful in December: An appreciation post. [All About the Jersey]

The Game

Coming off the heels of Team USA’s disappointing showing at the World Cup, the U20 team winning the World Junior Championship is a huge boost for USA Hockey. [NHL.com]