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Quick Strikes: Lightning prospect Alex Barre-Boulet awarded the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award

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The award is for the league’s best rookie!

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Syracuse Crunch Alex Barré-Boulet (12) skating with the puck against the Belleville Senators in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 18, 2019. Syracuse won 5-3.
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The Headline

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and Syracuse Crunch forward has been awarded the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award. The award is given every year to the AHL’s most outstanding rookie.

This is the first time in team history that a Crunch rookie has been recognized by the league with this honor.

The Lightning

-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:

Next, on the question of blowing it all up and starting fresh:

And, finally, Nikita Kucherov out of context:

-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.

The Crunch

-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!

The Others

-Lexi Brown has some good advice for those women out there who are currently struggling with their significant other’s angst over their team:

-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...

-PensBurgh broke down the important off season dates for the Pittsburgh Penguins (Who, by the way, are also done playing).

-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: