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Quick Strikes: Gabriel Fortier scored two points at the World Junior Summer Showcase

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The Lightning

The last call to submit your votes for this year’s top 25 under 25. The survey will be open until 5 PM ET today.

In the new edition of Sweater Series, Justin talks about former Lightning goalies who have worn the number 31. [Raw Charge]

Long the number reserved for players brought in through trades, only one player drafted by the Lightning has ever worn it (Karri Ramo). Ramo is also one of only two players to wear it for more than one season (Peter Budaj is the other). Although, maybe that just speaks to the nature of how transient the goaltending position has been for much of the Lightning’s existence.

Honestly, unless you’re a fan who has been around for a long time, it might not be easy to associate a particular player with the number 31, but let’s give it a go.

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the Bolts Brew Fest at Amalie Arena on August 16. Tickets are already on sale.

The Tampa Bay Lightning Summer Sled Hockey Camp has officially started.

The Prospects

Nolan Foote joined the Popternative podcast to talk about the NHL Entry Draft and upcoming World Junior Championship.

At the same time, Foote and Gabriel Fortier are participating at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan. Both played against team Sweden on Friday.

Fortier scored the third goal for team Canada and added an assist on the second goal.

Check out report from our junior hockey expert Lauren Kelly.

The Crunch

The Syracuse Crunch helped to build a new playground for McNamara Elementary School.

The Game

Gord Murphy has been named an Associate Head Coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Zack Stortini joined the Sudbury Wolves as an Assistant Coach.

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Matt Read to s professional tryout contract.

It’s already august and Brayden Point hasn’t been signed yet and Mitch Marner may be one reason why it hasn’t happened yet. [The Athletic, paid content]

There’s pressure on the Leafs to get this done before the season starts, too, given their salary-cap situation and how using long-term injured reserve makes an in-season signing more punitive.

So other RFAs and their agents are simply waiting for Marner to sign and set the bar for what they can ask for.

A look at the current cap space situation for the Buffalo Sabres. [The Athletic, paid content]

According to, the Sabres have 22 players signed on the roster and $3,115, 476 in cap space with Linus Ullmark and Jake McCabe awaiting their arbitration dates. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Ullmark was looking for $2.65 million in arbitration (the Sabres are seeking an $800,000 contract). McCabe is looking for a raise on the $1.775 million salary he made in the past two seasons of his three-year, $4.8 million deal, asking for $4.3 million while the team seeks $1.95 million.

Patrick Moram in the new edition of his podcast also takes a look at the Buffalo Sabres.

The Minnesota Wild recently fired Paul Fenton as their general manager. What happened during his 14 months at this position? Well, a lot. If you don’t have a subscription the The Athletic, you can read three free articles per month on the mobile app and this one is worth it. [The Athletic, paid content]

Fenton had little time for analytics, and the stories of him dismissing the data and research and not taking the resulting advice are plentiful.

“Part of it was he didn’t understand it, and what you don’t know, you’re afraid of,” one person with knowledge said. “Right away, it was clearly evident.”

Advanced statistics, of course, aren’t perfect, and it’s reasonable to view them as just part of the decision-making process. Fenton said at his introductory news conference in May 2018 that analytics should “support everything we do with our eyes.”

Things are going slow in the offseason so the Blueshirt Banter blog published a summer survival guide [Blueshirt Bunter]

Some comments to SB Nation’s articles are brilliant.

Look what Leafs players think about photos of their teammate William Nylander.