Quick Strikes: Almost back to sports season (sorry baseball)

And a 31st AHL team!

The Bolts

The NFL pre-season is already bringing out the trash-talk between Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and J.T. Brown.

A match made in (Amalie Arena).

The Crunch

Our very own Syracuse correspondant, Alex (@Allovimo) travelled to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada for “Le Boot Camp.” Here’s the story of her amazing weekend. “Overall, 11 players (if you count Boko, which I am) with ties to the Lightning/Crunch skated in the tournament this year.” [Raw Charge]

There are still too many days until hockey is back. Cool jersey, though.

Goalie training with Nick Riopel is always fun.

The Game

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop continuing his glow-in-the-dark #brand in his new Stars themed mask

After losing the San Antonio Rampage affiliation to the St. Louis Blues, the Colorado Avalanche will be moving Colorado Eagles of the ECHL up to the AHL, becoming the 31st franchise in the league. [FanRag Sports]

Reilly Walsh split time between the USHL and the high school hockey program this season, and now he’s a 3rd round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils and a soon-to-be freshman at Harvard. “It wasn’t even close. He was by far one of the best skaters on the ice among all the squirts. His skating and skills were far superior to a lot of the squirt kids. It’s hard for me to say that but it’s true. … You could just tell he loved the game.” [Concord Monitor]

NHL Alternate History: What if ... The Predators had let Shea Weber walk? “In a world where Poile thought to himself, ‘That’s just too much money’, the Predators would’ve walked away with four extra first-round draft picks (in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 respectively) and a nice chunk of cap space.” [Yahoo Sports]