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Syracuse Speaks: A Raw Charge podcast - episode seven

The Lightning make some deep depth splashes on day one of free agency 2019.

Toronto Marlies Chris Mueller (19) named First Star in the game against the Syracuse Crunch in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 5, 2019. Toronto won 5-2.
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Welcome back to Syracuse Speaks! This podcast, hosted by Alex Ackerman, aims to bring more voices to the world of minor league hockey.

In this episode, host Alex Ackerman discusses the organization’s first foray into free agency this summer. She briefly covers what the Lightning did for the Lightning, including the signing of Luke Schenn and Curtis McElhinney, and then she discusses what Tampa did for Syracuse. The Lightning signed four free agents and hired a coach for the Crunch: goalies Scott Wedgewood and Spencer Martin, forward Chris Mueller, defenseman Luke Witkowski, and coach Joe Palmer. She considers all five of them and what their contracts mean for the team.

She also says goodbye to forwards Andy Andreoff and captain Gabriel Dumont, explains why a veteran presence is so important to AHL teams, and reaffirms her choices for the now-vacant captaincy in Syracuse.

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