Quick Strikes for Sunday, August 7

China starts its KHL play, features on Lightning players from the past, and a few other reads for Sunday.

Editors Note: We're trying a new format with Quick Strikes. It's the dead of summer though and with a low number of links, consider this a trial run. Your input in comments would be appreciated. --John

The Bolts

The Crunch

  • Team Axe once again trumped the Crunch Media street hockey game. That's three years in a row Brent Axe and company have topped things. [Syracuse Crunch]


  • Jonathan Marchessault is now a Panthers. How's he going to click? Panthers blog Litter Box Cats asked us a few questions and JustinG did his best to answer them (with myself and allokago making remarks in comments). [Litter Box Cats]
  • Suicide Squad is the latest comic book adaptation movie out there. It's also worth noting that the woman who plays Harley Quinn (an assistant to The Joker) also happens to be a New York Rangers fan. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • It's the off-season, what can bloggers do to occupy time between seasons and NHL stories? Ah, revamp their web site! Case in point... [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

The Sport

  • Growing the game and its popularity around the world is a challenge as well as an adventure for those who participate in it. In this case, it's the Boston Bruins doing it in Asia and the land of China. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of which, the new Chinese KHL club won its first game. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Hockey trainers, guys who are keys to enabling and preparing athletes across the game. Former Lightning player and long time Steven Stamkos trainer Gary Roberts gets mentioned here. [The Hockey News]