Quick Strikes: Hockey Hall of Fame finally inducts Dave Andreychuk


The Bolts

Dave Andreychuk is a Hall of Famer: “Another year passes and once again Dave Andreychuk is finally not passed over by the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is was bordering on ridiculous at this point that someone who had scored 640 goals in the National Hockey League doesn’t didn’t have a bust in Toronto. One thing and one thing only wins hockey games: scoring goals.” [Raw Charge]

Here are some reactions from around the league:

Dave Andreychuk going into Hall of Fame: "For Andreychuk, 53, Monday is a day he'll never forget. The former Lightning captain got the news he'll be going into the Hockey Hall of Fame. It had been a long wait, Andreychuk eligible for the HOF since 2009." [Tampa Bay Times]

Dave Andreychuk gets Hockey Hall of Fame call. "I was actually just leaving the office today on my way back to the Tampa Bay airport to pick up my wife coming back from Buffalo and I saw a 416 number [Toronto area code] at 2 o'clock. Obviously, my heart started to race immediately," Andreychuk said on a conference call. "I pulled over on the side of the road and luckily it was Lanny MacDonald that had made the call to me, completely thrilled, first off that it was Lanny." [NHL.com]

Scotty Bowman says 'it's about time' Andreychuk got HOF call: “Bowman drafted Andreychuk in the first round (16th overall) in 1982, coaching the 6-foot-4 power forward the first five seasons of his career. And now Bowman, who is part of the HOF selection committee, got to see it through that Andreychuk is going to the Hall of Fame.” [Tampa Bay Times]

Tampa Bay Lightning extend qualifying offers to nine players: "Three players weren’t qualified by the Bolts: Dylan Blujus, Jonathan Racine, and Henri Ikonen. Ikonen had already signed with Jokerit in Finland, so it wasn’t a surprise that he wasn’t qualified. Racine was traded to the organization for Nikita Nesterov and a sixth-round pick this past January for some defensive depth for Syracuse. He was probably never meant to stay within the organization." [Raw Charge]

2017 Draft Profiles: Tampa Bay Lightning’s newest prospects, Nick Perbix, Cole Guttman, and Sammy Walker. "As demonstrated in recent years, Yzerman and company are not afraid to draft college-bound players in the latter stages of the NHL Entry Draft. In addition, they are no strangers to the more undersized prospects of the game—Tyler Johnson and Brayden Point, to name a few—so their selection of Sammy Walker and Cole Guttman does not look all that surprising." [Raw Charge]

Charged Up: A Raw Charge Podcast — episode two, covering the Tampa Bay Lightning’s drafts. "This week, Saima and I discuss the Tampa Bay Lightning’s deal in the expansion draft and the players they selected in the NHL Entry Draft. We also touch on restricted free agents Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, and give a shout out to Lightning player J.T Brown and his wife Lexi’s newborn baby girl Willow." [Raw Charge]

The Lightning welcomed back two pending UFA’s yesterday: Yanni Gourde and Andrej Sustr. [Raw Charge]

Washington Capitals’ Kevin Shattenkirk might fit in with the Lightning’s plans, but only in the short-term. [The Hockey Writers]

The Crunch

Many of the Crunch’s players, including a lot of The Kids who got playing time during the team’s playoff run, discussed their favorite memories before leaving for the off season:

The Lightning faithful weren’t the only people happy for Gourde yesterday:

Mike McKenna’s baby girl is on the right track with the words she’s learning:

Long-time Crunch front office member Mark Hayes was promoted to vice president of revenue development yesterday. [Syracuse Crunch]

Crunch rival Rochester has a new general manager in Randy Sexton. [Buffalo Sabres] The Rochester/Syracuse rivalry has lost its edge over the past decade or so. The steps are being laid to turn that around:

Crunch in-state rivals Binghamton, who are now affiliated with New Jersey, have new coverage on SB Nation through Jeff Ulmer & Alicia Strauch. [All About the Jersey]

Crunch fans will soon have a new resource to go to for AHL coverage:

The Game

The NHL finally did something right. Kariya and Selanne, one of NHL’s most dominant duos, enter Hall of Fame together: "Paul Kariya probably had to wait a couple of years longer than he should have to get his induction into the Hall of Fame, but it was at least fitting that the wait allowed him to enter alongside his long-time running mate, Teemu Selanne." [NBC]

Flower says goodbye. Thank You, Pittsburgh: 'And now here I am. I have a wife, two kids, and three Cups. I’m talking about my memories and saying my goodbyes. It might be an adjustment for my girls. They love waving the Terrible Towel and chanting, “Let’s Go Pens.”' [Player's Tribune]

'Conversations with NHL are ongoing' about Marian Hossa: "If the Hawks place Hossa on IR before the season starts, money will be available for free agents. If they wait until after the season begins, they will have flexibility to make moves throughout, including nearer the trade deadline." [Chicago Tribune]

The Chicago Blackhawks represented at Sunday’s Pride Parade: