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The Bolts

Victor Hedman ranked fourth-best defenseman in the league by NHL Network: "He may be the most well-rounded defenseman of anybody in the National Hockey League," Daneyko said. "As far as big, can play physical, uses his stick so well, almost impossible to beat one-on-one. You talk about the gracefulness and the skating ability, you're not supposed to be that smooth at 6-foot-6." [NHL]

The Prospects

The City

Designing Water Street Tampa takes a dozen firms: "The developer of Water Street Tampa, a mixed-use development spanning more than 50 acres along downtown Tampa’s waterfront, announced that a dozen firms are designing the project, including two architecture firms based in South Florida." [The Real Deal]

Tampa files eminent domain suit over parcel needed for Vinik-Cascade project: "So this summer City Hall went to court over a parcel needed for a realigned and expanded road network in the mixed-used redevelopment launched by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates' Cascade Investment capital fund." [Tampa Bay Times]

The Game

Wonder where we would have ranked Jonathan Drouin if he'd remained in Tampa... NHLPlayers who could make NHL 25 under 25 list next year: "Jonathan Drouin just barely missed the cut, but at the age of 22 has a good chance to make the list in the next year or two. The Montreal Canadiens didn’t go out and acquire him to plug away in the bottom-six or in the minors (where he spent plenty of time with the Tampa Bay Lightning)." [Fan Rag Sports]

NHL rules in sports fan satisfaction survey, save for Philadelphia. The headline is perfect. [Puck Daddy]

**** cancer. Bryan Murray remembered in Ottawa ceremony: "Murray, who worked for five NHL teams, died of colon cancer Aug. 12 at the age of 74. He was honored with a Celebration of Life at Canadian Tire Centre." [NHL]

Tyler Seguin says it’s “heartbreaking” the NHL won’t play in the Olympics: "Tyler Seguin has joined the growing list of stars who sound pretty upset about not being allowed to represent their country on one of the game’s biggest stages." [The Comeback]