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Quick Strikes: Lightning sign Nolan Foote to an ELC

Plus: Hockey Hall of Fame nominees!

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The Lightning

-The Tampa Bay Lightning jumped in with both Feet(e) yesterday, signing Cal Foote’s brother Nolan Foote to an entry-level contract.

Foote will almost certainly be spending next season in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets. He’ll also turn 19 at the end of November which will mean that he will be eligible to play in the AHL in 2020-21 if he doesn’t make the jump straight to the NHL. Foote has size and an NHL shot. He also pairs that with high end hockey sense and a great compete level. He’ll need to work on his speed and skating technique to really make the jump to the NHL.

(No, the puns aren’t getting old, and, no, they’re not going away.)

-Foote is currently at the Lightning’s development camp, where he, along with other prospects like Jimmy Huntington, are working on their skills both on the ice and off:

-Prospect Sammy Walker took some time out of his schedule to be profiled by Bryan Burns.

Wherever he goes, it seems, success tends to follow Sammy Walker.

The Lightning are hoping that trend continues whenever Walker’s ready to take the next step to the pro game.

”That jump to the professional level is a big jump,” he said. “I’m just kind of working on it at (Minnesota), just keep developing my game and getting stronger. Hopefully one day I can make that jump.”

-Speaking of the prospects, Magnus Chrona is headed to university:

-The rumor mill has been churning up some interesting stuff recently, most notably that Joe Pavelski is supposedly speaking to the Lightning. Defending Big D did a nice profile on him that’s certainly one to note for those interested in learning more about the forward.

At 34 years old, you would expect Father Time would have caught up to Joe Pavelski by now. But the San Jose Sharks captain has shown no signs of slowing down, scoring at a 70-point pace in all but two seasons in the last seven.

-With JT Miller traded and Ryan Callahan on Long Term Injured Reserve, Tampa’s cap is still not exactly cut and dried. Geo did what he does best yesterday: breaking it down so we all can better understand it.

The Lightning have given themselves some flexibility with the Miller trade and with Callahan’s LTIR situation. But in other ways, it has limited the team since to get the most out of Callahan’s LTIR and have the most flexibility, they can’t add any more players now and may need to replace a player or two with prospects.

-Have you heard about the NHL’s Global Series? The Lightning are headed to Stockholm!

-Speaking of schedules, Tampa’s full schedule also came out yesterday.

The Crunch

-The newest episode of Syracuse Speaks came out yesterday!

This week, host Alex Ackerman has a very special guest on: Raw Charge contributor and Syracuse Crunch writer Justin Godfrey! The two of them cover a myriad of topics including what the Crunch might look like this fall and how the Tampa Bay Lightning could impact it, how Justin really feels about Ben Thomas, which players Justin is looking for a big year from (hint: Mitchell Stephens and Boris Katchouk are among them), when Alex is officially allowed to panic about the goaltending situation, and more!

-Syracuse Crunch defenseman Cameron Gaunce was on Crunch Time with Lukas Favale recently, discussing his new contract with the organization.

-Are you new to this whole AHL thing with the Crunch? Here’s a pretty thorough summary video of the organization’s history:

-Time to make the donuts!

The Others

-The Hockey Hall of Fame released their 2019 Class yesterday, and it included Hayley Wickenheiser, among others!

From The Ice Garden:

There should be no question as to why she got in on her first year of eligibility. Wickenheiser is one of the most decorated hockey players ever. Her career spanned two decades, multiple leagues, multiple accolades, and multiple firsts. She played in the inaugural women’s Olympic hockey tournament and was first woman to ever play men’s professional hockey in Finland, in the third-tier Suomi-Sarja. She won four Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver, seven World Championship golds, and six Worlds silvers.

-The New York Rangers should be looking for some leadership come July 1, writes Kevin Power of Blue Shirt Banter.

While things like “veteran leadership” is often overlooked, especially when a contending team cites it as an excuse for bringing in a legitimately bad player, a rebuilding team like the Rangers could benefit a player or two coming in and serving as a role model in the dressing room and a contributor on the ice. This offseason there are a few quality forwards that can not only fill that “veteran leadership” void but can also help solidify the bottom six of the roster.

-The Washington Capitals announced the retirement of Brooks Orpik yesterday (Thread):

-Quick hands? Philadelphia Flyers prospect Pascal Laberge has ‘em.

-Speaking of the Flyers, their Gritty sure knows how to tug at the heartstrings:

Flyers mascot Gritty made a seven-year-old fan’s morning on Tuesday when he surprised Caiden O’Rourke at Philadelphia’s Shriners Hospital for Children. Caiden had received a new custom Gritty prosthetic leg when the beloved mascot showed up.

-The San Jose Sharks continue to kill it when it comes to their media announcements:

-JT Brown, among others in the hockey community, continues to do good work during Pride Month!

-The drama with the ECHL’s Kelly Cup(s) just got weirder: the replacement trophy may have been broken at a place that is most definitely not safe for work.