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Quick Strikes: Mikhail Sergachev found out he was traded via text message from a fan

More analysis of the trade between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, getting to know Sergachev, and reflecting on the Syracuse Crunch

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The Bolts

Prepare for lots more news about the Jonathan Drouin - Mikhail Sergachev trade.

Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman held a press conference to discuss the decision to trade Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens. “Ultimately we made the trade because we were looking to acquire a defenseman. We wanted the type of game that Sergachev plays - offensive defenseman, big, strong, good skater, moves the puck well.” [Raw Charge]

So now that we have acquired Mikhail Sergachev, it’s time to learn a little bit about the highly-touted prospect. We rounded up a variety of scouting reports and compiled them. Jeff Marek said this of the young defenseman, “Sergachev is defined by his three-zone play, confidence, and creativity with the puck. But perhaps his best asset is how calm he is, even when facing significant pressure.” [Raw Charge]

Sergachev found out about the trade in a rather unusual way. “Some fan texted me and said, ‘Good luck in Tampa,’ and I was like, ‘What?’” said the newest member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “My phone doesn't work here in Cyprus, so (Montreal Canadiens general manager) Marc Bergevin couldn't call me.” [Tampa Bay Lightning]

Sergachev may not be quite ready for the NHL yet. With that in mind, Joe Smith explores some other options the Lightning may pursue to shore up the blue line. [Tampa Bay Times]

As part of our continuing series on last season’s performance, we reflected on how we played against the Canadiens. “Earning five out of a possible eight points is a positive when looking at the season series against Montreal. The Lightning went 2-1-1 against the Canadiens, with the most damaging loss coming in the first month of the season.” [Raw Charge]

The SB Nation blogs are running our own mock draft. With the 14th overall pick, we selected Tyler Johnson’s protege: Kailer Yamamato. “He is a small, speedy forward with dazzling hands. He has a quick release on his shot and is just as capable of making a seeing-eye pass to set up a teammate.” [Raw Charge]

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s Johnson himself extolling the virtues of Yamamato.

The Crunch

The AHL has a full album of some great moments from the Syracuse Crunch’s finals run on their Facebook page:

Want to own a piece of Syracuse Crunch history?

Did you miss that final game 6 and want to watch it? Or, for some god forsaken reason, want to watch it again? You’re in luck!

Crunch head coach Ben Groulx wouldn’t change a thing, and we can’t blame him. []

The Crunch and its players benefited from a better playoff agreement this season. []

Yesterday was National Mascot Day:

Crunch players have continued to tweet their goodbyes:

The Game

It’s almost free agency time!

Some numbers on the Anaheim Ducks’ buyout of defenseman Simon Despres:

The Montreal Canadiens will not qualify Nikita Nesterov. [Pro Hockey Rumors]

Do you want a Stefan Fournier Kalamazoo Wings Game-Used jersey? Well here’s your chance [Kalamazoo Wings]

The Kalamazoo Wings, the ECHL club of the Lightning organization, did well at the ECHL’s yearly meetings:

Speaking of National Mascot Day:

With Father’s Day this weekend, the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins profiled players and their fathers who played for them. []

The Belleville Senators will be Ottawa’s first AHL affiliate based in Canada since 1996. [SportsNet]

Belleville still, uh, has some work to do before their rink is completed, however:

The head coach of the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team seen his share of recruit hopefuls, and offers his advice for young players with college hockey hopes. [American Development Model]

Has anyone told Nikita Nesterov that he doesn’t have a team to play for next year?


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