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Quick Strikes: Bye week comes to a close

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The Organization

Lightning Strikes! podcast: Is bye week good or bad for the Bolts? “What does the Lightning do with Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle at the trade deadline? Is it time to worry about Ryan Callahan? And is Jonathan Drouin the most exciting player in Lightning history?” [Tampa Bay Times]

How did the clash between Bolt prospects end this past Tuesday? Erie won, 5-1. [Go Erie]

The Syracuse Crunch Weekly Report says that Kristers Gudlevskis is ten wins shy of tying a franchise record in regular season victories. [Syracuse Crunch]

Theresa Feaster paving her own path as a hockey pioneer. “When other women find their niche working in the male dominated world of men’s hockey, they will point to the work Feaster is doing – and has already done – with the Providence College men’s hockey program.” [Lightning Insider, subscription content]

While the team has been relaxing in various ways...

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...Bolts Alumi have been working hard in preparation for their game against the Boston Bruins Alumni.

The League

Crosby gets 1,000th point, then leads Penguins by Jets in OT. “. The two-time MVP and Stanley Cup winner reached 1,000 points in 757 games. Only 11 players got there faster. None of them are playing anymore. Crosby is. Spectacularly.” [ESPN]

The vultures circle. An army of NHL scouts attends Avalanche’s loss at Buffalo. "A total of 24 scouts representing 17 NHL teams were assigned seats in the press box for the Buffalo Sabres‘ 2-0 win over the Avalanche on Thursday at the KeyBank Center." [Denver Post]

10 traded picks that turned into NHL superstars. "8. THE TRADE: On Feb. 25, 2004, the Nashville Predators sent Timo Helbling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for an eighth-round pick." -- Who became Pekka Rinne. [Down Goes Brown]

The best NHL player at every age: 24 to 29. Spoiler: zero Bolts make the list. [ESPN Insider content]

NHL leads North American sports in midseason coach firings. It's just an enormous list. [Fox Sports]

Will ice age hit Portland [Oregon]? NHL rumors swirl. "Reports last week that representatives of the financially challenged Arizona Coyotes had toured Moda Center in Portland and KeyArena in Seattle with the possibility of a franchise move were false, according to Chris McGowan." [Portland Tribune]

Wait for a fantastic article by Raw Charge writer Zach, out at 10 AM, about Lightning organist Krystof Srebrakowski.