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Quick Strikes: Crunch release their full regular season schedule

Let’s go see how many times Syracuse plays Utica, shall we?

Syracuse Crunch Taylor Raddysh (18) on the ice against the Utica Comets in American Hockey League (AHL) action in the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York on Friday, November 16, 2018. Syracuse won 4-0.
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The Bolts

-It’s Tampa Bay Lightning wallpaper time!

-The newest Ask Burnsie is out!

Which Crunch forward from last season is your best bet to make the Bolts roster out of camp? (@JP_FL_77)

There are a few who could make a pretty good case with a strong training camp.

Alex Barre-Boulet is the fastest riser, seeing his stock rise significantly after scoring 34 goals, tied with teammate Carter Verhaeghe, in his first pro season with Syracuse last season (he scored 53 the year before in the QMJHL with Blainville-Boisbriand). Signed by the Lightning as a free agent on Feb. 28, 2018, Barre-Boulet could follow in the path of Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde as undrafted players to rapidly rise through the ranks and make their way onto the Lightning roster.

-Brew Fest is coming up fast!

-Ryan. McDonagh.

-Declan Farmer was at the ESPYS last night, nominated for an award.

The Crunch

-The Syracuse Crunch - along with the rest of the AHL - released their regular season schedule yesterday! All of the teams seem to have done some kind of cooking themed release video, some more salty than others. The Crunch went with some old fashioned, down home cookin’ with a video featuring food from the cities Syracuse will face.

-Here’s all of the other schedule resources:

The Others

-The New York Rangers still have to sign Jacob Trouba and Pavel Buchnevich. In their weekly podcast, Joe and Mike of Blue Shirt Banter advise the team avoid arbitration.

-The Colorado Avalanche need a defender, and Hardev of Mile High Hockey thinks there’s still some good choices available.

It is July 10th and the Colorado Avalanche still have $23.2 million burning a hole in their pocket. Sure, about half that is going to be spent on Mikko Rantanen, along with another little bit from contracts needed for JT Compher and Andre Burakovsky, but the Avalanche still have a need, and it’s on defense, and it’s in a couple of spots.

Yes, I know the Avs currently have nine defensemen on the current roster and it’s a lot and “we don’t need more defensemen.” But when you do the math that is reality, that number of NHL defensemen shrinks quite quickly.

-If anyone can align their spiritual power centers in New Jersey, Gritty can.

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-Matt Cullen has retired after playing professional hockey for over two decades.

-Greg Johnson has reportedly passed away at the age of 48. Chris Mason had some touching words to say about Johnson and his career with Nashville.

-Vancouver has reached a deal with Micheal Ferland.

-AHL Calder Cup champions Charlotte have a new head coach: Ryan Warsofsky.

-The AHL’s Western Conference was somewhat shook up by this summer’s free agency, writes Patrick Williams.

-Engaging female players is key to the future of sport, which makes the way the Rangers and the New York Islanders are sponsoring teams that much more important.

Why would the NHL and its teams bother with girls hockey when they are adamantly staying on the sidelines regarding the women’s game? There is, of course, the utterly mercenary explanation of “youth players become adult fans.” They are tapping into the enormous growth in girls hockey as they are looking to expand their own future fan bases. While the debate over the future role of the NHL in the women’s game continues, let’s look at the Rangers and Islanders differing approaches to girls hockey. While they are potential NHL fans, these girls are also the future of the women’s game.