Quick Strikes for Tuesday, September 2

Welcome back to the work week! In this Tuesday edition of Quick Strikes, more of Vinik's plans for the downtown Tampa area, some interest in Ryan Malone by NHL teams, and commentary by James Mirtle on how Twitter has changed the landscape of hockey media. Follow @dbaldwin1215

  • James Mirtle started his journey blogging independently before before moving up to manage the NHL section on SB Nation. Now beat writing about the Maple Leafs for The Globe and Mail, Mirtle discusses the evolution social media and how that has affected how writers interact with fans. [James Mirtle blog]
  • Another sign that hockey season is right around the corner; NHL.com has just released its top 275 fantasy rankings for the year. [NHL.com]
  • There has been talk lately about Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's plans for the Channel District in downtown Tampa. To facilitate those plans, Vinik and Mayor Bob Buckhorn say some of those streets need to be changed. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Ever since the charges relating to his DUI arrest were dropped, former Bolt Ryan Malone has generated plenty of interest from other NHL teams:

  • A certain former Lightning head coach is one of five potential replacement coaches should another NHL coach be dismissed during the upcoming season. [The Hockey News]
  • Here is a pretty cool infographic that shows the minor league affiliations with every NHL team:

The NHL should expand by how many teams?