Quick Strikes for Saturday, September 13

More praise for the Tampa Bay Lightning (including from a familiar face), commentary about the impact of Saku Koivu on and off the ice, and a heartwarming moment between Alex Ovechkin and a fan.Follow @RawCharge

  • Today begins the rookie tournament hosted by the Nashville Predators. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, and Florida Panthers will be hosted by the Predators at the tournament. [Nashville Predators Official Site]
  • Earlier this week, Saku Koivu retired from the NHL after 18 years. For 13 years, Koivu left a huge impact in Montreal, on and off the ice. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL expansion talk has returned! This time, Sean McIndoe of Down Goes Brown discusses the pros and cons of expansion. [Down Goes Brown]
  • Former Bolt and Stanley Cup champion Pavel Kubina says that, when healthy, the Lightning have a chance to win every night. [ESPN]
  • HockeyBuzz seems to agree with Kubina's sentiment, as they have projected that the Lightning will win the Eastern Conference. [HockeyBuzz]
  • Following the announcement that Olympic silver medalist Amanda Kessel will miss the entire upcoming season due to post-concussion syndrome, one blogger talks about her Kessel's injury and the smaller window for elite female hockey players. [High Heels & High Sticks Blog]
  • Alex Ovechkin was asked out on a date by a girl while participating in a private skate for special needs children. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

Outside of Tampa, which Florida city would you most like to see host a Lightning preseason game?

Daytona (Ocean Center)19
Estero (Germain Arena)40
Jacksonville ( Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena,)33
Lakeland (Lakeland Center)48
Orlando (Amway Center)134
Pensacola (Pensacola Bay Center)20
Tallahassee (Donald L. Tucker Civic Center)18