Quick Strikes for Thursday, September 18

It's the morning of Lightning training camp! What we have to offer with reads isn't strictly about camp, though. Relocation scuttlebutt, contract issues, and camp story lines... That's some of your Quick Strikes for Thursday.Follow @Johnny_fonts

  • While training camp begins today, assessments and reports from the rookie camp in Tennessee continue to echo. Here's a Lightning assessment from this past weekend. [The Hockey Writers]
  • "Returning a strong, young core and buoyed by some veteran additions, players have expressed excitement as they've trickled in for informal workouts over the past couple of weeks. But they've hit the pause button on planning a parade route in downtown Tampa." [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Is this another tease of the Lightning's new third jersey, or just a promotional image? You be the judge:

  • Our friend Lyle Richardson has a list of 10 major storylines to keep an eye on in and around the league as NHL training camps commence. [Bleacher Report]
  • Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets have been stalled in contract talks, and things have grown sour between the two parties... Sour enough that Ryan has left the team and flown back to Vancouver as of this writing. [Sportsnet]
  • The Florida Panthers are targets of speculation regarding the team's future in South Florida. Team owner Victor Viola posted a letter to the fans regarding all the Internet scuttlebutt about the team. [Litter Box Cats]
  • Josh Harding has it tough enough as he plays with multiple sclerosis. Now it appears the Wild's goalie will be out for an extended period of time as he mends - oh, so slowly - from a foot fracture. [CBS Sports]
  • The revolution will not be televised... It will be analyzed. Here is a feature overview of the analytical embrace by the NHL this summer. [Grantland]