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Lightning Round: Brandon Hagel scores 100th career point, and the Bolts prospect ranking

And controversy coming for the NHLPA

Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 10: Brayden Point #21 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Amalie Arena on January 10, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning quickly dispatched the Columbus Blue Jackets last night 6-3 in what is hopefully a step in the right direction as the Lightning only had to kill one penalty in the game. [Raw Charge]

“Backed by four points by Nikita Kucherov and a power play that converted three of their four opportunities, the Tampa Bay Lightning downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 to snap their two-game losing streak. In doing so they also extended their home winning streak to eight games.”

Brayden Point also extended his home goal streak to nine games.

Brandon Hagel also earned his 100th career point in his 169th game.

Congrats Bolts fans, our prospect pool is not last! Read up about our top five picks — Howard, Alnefelt, Dylan Duke, Jack (f’ing) Thompson, and Niko Huuhtanen — and more.

Fresh from kicking cancer down a well, Hunter Fejes is kickstarting The Fejes Foundation to help give back to support cancer research. Support him if you can!

Here’s a couple trade speculation and insider articles. We don’t ever get the press, but I think we could use the goalies they keep pedaling for Toronto. [Daily Faceoff]

“I think Brossoit would be a good fit in Toronto as a third goalie. He’s got a .915 save percentage in the AHL this season and 106 games worth of NHL experience. Brossoit has battled through injury and belongs in the NHL.”

32 Thoughts has a podcast coming out today with former Bolt Ryan McDonagh. Elliotte Friedman talks about it in his blog. [Sportsnet]

21. We’re going to drop a podcast interview Wednesday with Nashville’s Ryan McDonagh. He’s soft-spoken, but one of my favourite players. A couple of his former teammates couldn’t believe he’d agree to do it. Couple of good stories as a preview:

In Game 2 of the 2020 Bubble Eastern Final against the Islanders, he set up Nikita Kucherov for the winning goal with 7.8 seconds left. It was a beautiful, but blind, pass from the left corner to the right slot, and one Lightning joked I should ask if McDonagh “blacked out” before making the play. He smiled, but broke it down in a really thoughtful way. “No doubt it was a very fortuitous pass,” he said. “But if you play with Kucherov long enough, you know that’s where he hangs, off that right side of the net. I knew there wasn’t much time left, so it’s one of those ‘hope plays’ that it’s awesome if it does (work), but if it doesn’t, you knew the buzzer is going to sound in a few seconds. He wants us on the ice to know that he’s going to be over there.”

We have now reached the point in Sidney Crosby’s career where we’re on points watch. I’m sure we were there before, but I’m calling it now with all my authority (I have no authority).

Interesting to see the NHL in the context of other sports when it comes to advertising and what companies want to pay for.

Big lawsuit coming at the NHLPA for alleged underreported revenues to keep the salary cap lower. If this turns out to be true it would be a major breach of the CBA, and also some several dozen laws.

I found it funny a few years ago when people said there weren’t people of color to fill roles in sports with the credentials, talent, or interest. That claim has turned out to be so wrong in so many ways. I especially like that the Lightning have led the charge here, quietly for decades.