Quick Strikes for Monday, October 3

Lots of news from around the NHL, as well as some Bolts and general hockey news to start your week. This is our Monday Quick Strikes.

The Bolts:

·         When James Wisniewski was given a tryout by the Tampa Bay Lightning, it looked as if the team’s hole at the right-handed defenseman position may have been closing up. Well, things didn’t work out during training camp; Wisniewski was part of many roster cuts and reassignments that came yesterday. [Tampa Bay Times]

The NHL:

·         Though it didn’t work out with the Bolts, another team around the League would be smart to give Wisniewski, a veteran of the NHL, a look. [Pro Hockey Talk]

·         Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick Auston Matthews is among several rookies looking to make an impact around the NHL this season. [Puck Prose]

·         Slater Koekkoek showed an impressive skill set toward the end of the 2015-16 campaign. Will he continue to shine going forward? Take a look at comments on him and other “under the radar” threats from around the league. [Today's Slapshot]

·         Could Teddy Purcell be one of those “under the radar” players for the Los Angeles Kings? [Today's Slapshot]

·         The family of the late Derek Boogaard has vowed to hold the NHL accountable for his death from an accidental overdose. The family earned a small victory on Thursday, as a U.S. District Court judge allowed a wrongful death lawsuit to continue against the league. [CBC]

·         The town of Marquette, Mich. is excited to be in the national spotlight when it hosts a Kraft Hockeyville USA preseason game between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. [NHL.com]

·         Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson could face a suspension for his illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Ty Rattie. Hjalmarsson’s hearing is today. [Today's Slapshot]

·         The Las Vegas – er, something – added another member to its staff. This time, the Ottawa Senators saw one of their own move down south to the Sin City. [The 6th Sens]

·         The Carolina Hurricanes fell victim to an impressive night by their former captain. Jordan Staal propelled the Minnesota Wild to a victory with a goal and an assist. [Minnesota Star Tribune]

The Sport:

·         The University of North Dakota raised its championship banner to the rafters to go along with seven others on Saturday night. UND won its eight championship in Tampa this past April. [College Hockey News]