This is the first time in team history that a Crunch rookie has been recognized by the league with this honor.
Congrats to Alex Barre-Boulet, who became the first #SyrCrunch player to lead @TheAHL rookies in scoring. He is the first Crunch player to be named the league's most outstanding rookie. He's the first #TBLightning prospect to win it since Cory Conacher with Norfolk in 2011-12. https://t.co/qUtl5jgQJG— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) April 18, 2019
-The Tampa Bay Lightning had their exit interviews yesterday. As expected, team general manager Julian BriseBois had some interesting things to say.
First up, feelings on how it all ended:
#tblightning GM Julien BriseBois said while he “can’t overstate” his disappointment in how it ended, he doesn’t plan to make massive changes. Coach Jon Cooper staying. “My faith in Coop has not wavered.” Preached “humility,” vowed they will bring Cup to Tampa— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) April 18, 2019
Next, on the question of blowing it all up and starting fresh:
BriseBois (1 of 2): "We have a very good team. We have very good players and very good coaches. I’m not going to overreact and blow up all the good things we have here because we had a very bad four-game slump at the most inopportune time of the year." #Bolts— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) April 18, 2019
The story of this nucleus of players and this coaching staff, it’s not over. It’s still being written. The best and most memorable chapters lie ahead. I have great faith eventually...we’re going to bring the Cup back to Tampa with this group of players, with these coaches."— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) April 18, 2019
BriseBois when asked if offseason changes need to be made: “The reality is there were going to be changes in the offseason anyway just because of our cap situation. There will be some changes. Today, it's too soon. The emotions are still too raw." #Bolts— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) April 18, 2019
And, finally, Nikita Kucherov out of context:
Kucherov, on if he learned from the Game 3 suspension: “No.”— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) April 18, 2019
-Alan wrote a really nice piece on the feelings many Lightning fans were wrestling with yesterday.
I suspect most of the harsher sentiments will fade in the coming weeks. Fans will probably take a needed break from the team. But those who are interested in the draft and free agency will slowly start to come back and pay attention. They’ll remember that the Lightning have been one of the best-managed teams in the league and BriseBois should get a fair shot to make his mark on the roster. He’s been in Tampa for a while but this will be his first summer in charge.
-The Lightning Foundation brought together a group of volunteers, including STM and sponsors, to clean up trash and beautify the Harbour Island mangroves.
Before and after our squad of more than 70 volunteers collected over 4,500 pounds of trash in the Harbour Island mangroves. Thanks again to our Season Ticket Members and partners for helping us make a difference! pic.twitter.com/0xcG6WIDCi— Lightning Foundation (@LightningFDN) April 18, 2019
-Just how good was Syracuse’s season?
-With the end of the Crunch’s season here, we posted another picture summary yesterday to celebrate how Syracuse’s season ended.
-Patrick Williams previewed all of the playoff matches in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, including the Crunch and the Cleveland Monsters.
The Crunch’s penchant for penalty trouble has been an extended issue. Having the AHL’s fifth-best penalty kill negated much of the potential damage from that lack of discipline, but Syracuse does need to clean up the penalty issue.
-You want infographics for the Calder Cup playoffs? We got ‘em!
The Solar Bears
-Did you miss this highlight from Orlando Solar Bears forward Hunter Fejes the other night? It was pretty sweet!
Who else would it be?— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) April 18, 2019
Hunter Fejes buries his second of the game to lift Orlando to a 4-3 win at 10:23 of DOUBLE OT in the longest Kelly Cup playoff game in Solar Bears history! pic.twitter.com/NiNL1cWn7G
-Lexi Brown has some good advice for those women out there who are currently struggling with their significant other’s angst over their team:
When JT lost in the cup final, he came home with a puppy. Accept nothing less ladies. https://t.co/hCzs40oc47— Lexi Brown (@lexilafleur) April 18, 2019
-I don’t know who Tyler Seguin is. Yet, given the description of the Dallas Stars’ player in this tweet, I was able to figure it out...
-John Buccigross and Barry Melrose sat down with Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic to discuss puck. (pay-walled)
-Here’s another video game-like highlight, this time from the Colorado Avalanche:
-Troy Mann, the head coach of AHL Manitoba, has had quite the journey to get to where he is.
“It was hockey all the time, it really was,” said Mann, reflecting on his childhood. ”I grew up in a typical Canadian family,” continued Mann ruminating. “We had an outdoor rink in the backyard; my Dad was a big hockey fan.” Trent, Troy’s younger brother of four years also picked up the hockey gene, playing goal growing up and turning professional, he now serves as the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Ottawa Senators.
-This Twitter thread about ECHL mascots and the ceral boxes that represent them is pretty hilarious.
-Team USA has named their team for the Men’s National Team for the IIHF Worlds: