Quick Strikes for Tuesday, December 15th

It's mid-month, and your holiday fervor is probably maxed. Take a break, get a cup of coffee, and settle in for some news and links from around the hockey world.

  • The sentiment most Lightning fans agree with: Tampa Bay must do all they can to keep Steven Stamkos. [SB Nation]
  • Lightning prospect Adam Erne is battling back from an injury that stole a month of his season. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Syracuse Crunch forward Cameron Darcy is making the most of his current opportunity. [Bolt Prospects]
  • The Crunch's Cliche Bandwagon continues: This week's edition is "we can't take our foot off the gas." [Syracuse.com]
  • Syracuse Crunch alumni Michael Peca and Scott Walker will be the honorary captains for the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held January 31 and February 1 in Syracuse, N.Y. [American Hockey League]
    • The Crunch is down 3 to #25 on one blogger's AHL Power Rankings. [Chirps from Center Ice]
    • It isn't too late to donate to the Crunch's Change for Change initiative. Change for Change is an initiative created by Crunch captain Mike Angelidis and his teammates that aims to raise money for pediatric cancer research at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. [Go Fund Me]
    • Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby find themselves in yet another area in which their careers intersect. [Jaspers' Rink]
    • The story of an Avalanche fan in Nashville. [Mile High Hockey]
    • Brian McGrattan, currently with Calgary's AHL Club in San Diego, has been sober for seven years and needs to share his story. [Calgary Flames]
    • The KHL is going to expand into China next season. [SportsNet]

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