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Quick Strikes: Alex Volkov sent back to Syracuse Crunch

And remembering our brave service members.

Tampa Bay Lightning v New Jersey Devils
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 30: Alexander Volkov #92 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the New Jersey Devils during his first NHL game at Prudential Center on October 30, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. The Lightning defeated the Devils 7-6 in overtime.
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The Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Monday morning that they have sent forward Alex Volkov to the Syracuse Crunch. Volkov played in four games (primarily on the Steven Stamkos line), scored no points, and had three shots. When he was on the ice at 5v5, the Bolts posted a 47% shot share, and got 40% of the expected goals. The Lightning currently have 12 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goalies on their roster for 22 total. Possible call-ups from the Crunch include Cory Conacher, Gemel Smith, and Danick Martel. [NHL dot com]

The Moscow, Russia native has played in three games with Syracuse this season, notching three assists. Volkov has skated in 152 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past three seasons, posting 46 goals and 96 points. Volkov ranked fourth on the Crunch for goals (23) and fifth for points (48) during the 2018-19 season. Volkov was originally drafted by the Lightning in the second round, 48th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft.

Alex Killorn and Ryan McDonagh are preparing to host a fundraiser called “Kancer Jam” to raise money and support for Hockey Fights Cancer. It’s an amazing initiative that I hope everyone finds a way to support locally. [Kancer Jam]

Cancer affects all of us, including the Tampa Bay Lightning family. Tom Miracle lost his battle to brain cancer on Monday. He will always be in our hearts.

The Troops

Monday was Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day around the world. Our very own Matthew Esteves is a US Navy vet and we would not only like to thank Matt for his service but also provide a megaphone to the awareness he is trying to spread on Twitter. We all love Matt, and we support him. And we know you all will, too. Reach out.

Thank you.

The Game

Jesse Puljujarvi will not be leaving Finland this season, even if he gets traded. The Oilers are willing to hang this prospect out after he made it clear he will never play for the franchise that ruined his development.

The ECHL has gotten their first team dog! The Rapid City Rush just adopted this service dog in training!

The Arizona Coyotes have extended GM John Chayka to a long-term contract of unknown length. [Five For Howling]

This extension for Chayka is a clear sign of approval from the organization’s new majority owner, Alex Meruelo, with the Coyotes (9-6-2) finally starting to move towards being a playoff-quality team for the first time since 2012.

This is an interesting story on goalies and the punishment their bodies take playing the position. Hip surgery at that age? Ouch.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have waived their backup goalie Michael Hutchinson today. They expect to call up AHL starter Kasimir Kaskisuo today. Hutchinson was 47th in’s Goals Saved Above Expected stat. ie. Solidly an average backup goalie. [Pension Plan Puppets]

Kaskisuo, signed by the Leafs out of the NCAA as an undrafted free agent, has spent some time in the NHL, but has never appeared in a game outside of preseason. While he has a nice-looking all-situations save percentage right now after eight games in the AHL (.928), his previous season high was a .914 he managed in 28 games with the Chicago Wolves. He had a .896 last year in 30 games, but a .927 in 12 playoff games. While Garret Sparks was on the roster in the AHL, Kaskisuo was always clearly his backup.

Also in Canada, Rogers Sportsnet fired Don Cherry after his divisive and xenophobic statements on Saturday night’s Coach’s Corner. The 85-year-old has been a gatekeeper for immigrants and people of color from the sport for years. See my Twitter for more. [Pension Plan Puppets]

But none of this at all should have surprised anyone. Cherry has been walking a line between entertaining bombast and promotion of intolerance for years. With this final straw, he attacked a central core value of Canadian small-L liberalism, that is the idea the multiculturalism is intrinsically Canadian. By picking the performance of patriotism as the weapon the try to stir up hatred of non-white Canadians — there’s no other possible, plausible interpretation of his “small cities” vs Mississauga comments — he hit on something no one would tolerate.

Editor’s Note: Due to the potentially divisive nature of this news we are closing comments on the Quick Strikes, but respectfully written fan posts are welcome.