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Quick Strikes: Lightning set their opening night roster, send Volkov, Martel to Syracuse

The team also placed defenseman Luke Schenn on waivers.

Syracuse Crunch Carter Verhaeghe (21) shoots and scores against Belleville Senators Morgan Klimchuk (15) and Cody Goloubef (29) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 18, 2019. Syracuse won 5-3. © Scott Thomas Photography
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The Lightning

-The Tampa Bay Lightning released a whole flurry of news yesterday regarding their opening day roster. The biggest and perhaps most celebrated piece is that forward Carter Verhaeghe has secured himself an opening day spot.

Yesterday was the final day to place players on waivers for the purposes of clearing them out before that roster was due, and the Lightning took advantage.

Tampa decided to risk the wire for one last time before the start of the season, putting defenseman Luke Schenn on waivers. This cleared up a few questions surrounding the organization regarding who was staying and what position he might be playing, so...good.

In other roster news, Danick Martel cleared waivers and was sent to Syracuse. He was joined by Alex Volkov, who also made the trip up north.

There was some slightly good news for the Lightning and those who are fans of Brayden Point:

There was also some slightly bad news - although not as bad as it could be - regarding Cedric Paquette, Victor Hedman, and Tyler Johnson.

-Prior to much of yesterday’s moves, Geo posted his ponderings after the completion of the Lightning’s preseason. As always, Geo wrote with one eye trained on the future.

While it’s not the greatest test of prospects, because of the mixed nature of not only your team’s roster but also the opponents, it still gives us some things to look at for these youngsters that we could see in the NHL sometime in the next three to five years.

-Bring the Thunder is open and ready for new nominations!

-Congratulations to Lightning prospect Sammy Walker!

The Pupper

-My goodness, Bolt has gotten big!

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The Crunch

-Cory Conacher will have his story told at this year’s Syracuse International Film Festival. The film has its own IMDB page.

-Veteran forward Chris Mueller is excited to get started with the Lightning organization, and the Crunch are thrilled to have him.

“First of all, he’s a legit No. 1 center. He’s an experienced guy. He’s a proven guy. He’s won championships. Very good on faceoffs, very good on the power play. He’s a good playmaker,” Groulx said. “I think Chris has got that special quality to really keep the game organized. When he touches (the puck) he’s making the right play. So it’s exciting for us, I believe, to have him with us. He’s finding his gear out there.

-Something something something French something - hey! I know that team name! Why, look, it’s Peter Abbandonato! (I think...?)

The Game

-Hockey is not for everyone, at least not yet.

As a hockey fan and journalist, I’ve grown frustrated with the league falling behind on the cultural spectrum. I’m certainly not alone, so I decided to speak to a number of journalists, fans and the NHL, showing that while hockey may be intended for everyone, the league and the sport still has a long way to go to meet its desired messaging.

-Did you have a case of the Mondays yesterday? The Carolina Hurricanes were on hand to help you smile through it.

-The Chicago Blackhawks left Berlin yesterday. Slater Koekkoek posted this update to his Instagram:

-This...looks...strange, Adam Erne.

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-The New York Rangers posted their own final cuts yesterday.

-Sports Illustrated posted their annual look at the new/old logos and jerseys from around the NHL.

Feel that chill in the air? Okay, you probably don’t, but hockey season is here anyway, and that means it’s time for the Uni Watch NHL Season Preview, where we run down all of the season’s new uniforms, logos, ice designs, and more.

-The NHL has apparently courted Green Day.

The league is announcing a two-year partnership with Green Day that includes an opening song for NBC Sports’ “Wednesday Night Hockey.” The song, “Ready, Fire, Aim” isn’t custom-made for the NHL and will be on Green Day’s next album, though it’s likely a matter of time until Green Day or another band follows what Hank Williams Jr. and later Carrie Underwood did for the NFL.

“That I think will probably be the evolution,” NHL chief content officer and executive Vice President Steve Mayer said. “If you look at our season and how many times this thing is going to be on, it’ll become an anthem. The song, we’re using slap shots, it’s about scoring and speed — “Fire, Ready, Aim” — I think people will start associating this.”

-Gritty is loved everywhere!

-It appears as though Taylor Hall finally has his boating license!

-And then, there’s....this.

-With the NHL coming to Seattle, the AHL was in need of a 32nd team, too. The league has its new destination, official as of yesterday: Palm Springs.

“The reality is two years worth of time and energy have gone into this,” Tim Leiweke said. “It will probably take us a second to realize that if you look at where we started in the dream in Seattle almost three years ago to where we are today, this is a massive piece of the puzzle for the Seattle franchise and the success of that franchise.”