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Things are finally happening!

Syracuse Crunch Daniel Walcott (85) playing against Utica Comets Anton Cederholm (2) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Syracuse won 3-2 in a Shootout.
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The Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning has some new ticket packages for their fans to choose from.

THN’s podcast is all about the Atlantic Division this week. They said we were a “powerhouse.” I think they like us. [The Hockey News]

The Organization

We previewed the Syracuse Crunch’s defense yesterday, summing up all the old and new. [Raw Charge]

Speaking of the Crunch, they continued their media blitz leading up to their big 25th anniversary with yet another way to get tickets to watch the team this season. We love all these deals! Keep ‘em coming.

The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the Lightning and the Crunch, added defenseman Étienne Boutet to their roster yesterday. [Orlando Solar Bears Hockey]

The Solar Bears also released some preseason information yesterday:

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets extended Blake Wheeler yesterday. Too much? Too little? Just right?

Fans of the Buffalo Sabres got all kinds of info yesterday in this informative infographic from their team:

The Dallas Stars released their Traverse City roster:

Brent Burns continues to be a delight. We can’t wait for part two.

The Edmonton Oilers revealed some neat swag yesterday. So orange.

Did you see Jalen Ramsey’s claim that he could make it to the NHL? Whether you laughed with good nature or scoffed, you probably had an opinion. Nate Thompson does, too. [Bardown]

The New York rangers added a new amateur scout yesterday.

The Ottawa Senators also added someone new, with the hiring of Chris Kelly as a developmental coach.

“I’m blind! I’m deaf! I wanna be a ref!” Sound familiar? Yeah, well, maybe you’ll rethink that last part once you actually see what it takes to become an NHL official. (Paywall) [The Athletic]

Do you remember the California Golden Seals? If you do, you probably wish that you don’t. This is a fascinating, if slightly scary, glimpse into the past.

As a teacher facing her own first day of school today (at least the first day with students), I can so relate to this:

Finally, great news for fans who want to follow the AHL and the Lightning prospects with the Crunch: