Quick Strikes: How much should Ondrej Palat get paid by Tampa Bay Lightning next summer?

What’s your best guess?

The Bolts

Projecting a new Tampa Bay Lightning contract for Ondrej Palat: Thought-provoking article from Fanragsports that discusses Nikita Kucherov’s impact on Ondrej Palat. “Together, Palat and Kucherov were formidable in 2016-17, managing 2.75 goals per 60 minutes against 2.01 goals against (30 for and 22 against) in 665 minutes. When apart, though, Kucherov’s numbers actually improved while Palat’s suffered significantly.” [Fanragsports]

Joe Smith took a look at Capfriendly's mock expansion draft, and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Vladislav Namestnikov got snitched often. "Nearly 80,000 fans participated in mock drafts on CapFriendly.com, giving their best predictions on whom each team will protect, and what player they'd most likely lose to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. CapFriendly was kind enough to provide the Tampa Bay Times with the results. And Namestnikov, a versatile Lightning forward, was one of the most selected players in the league, by 30,025 people." [Tampa Bay Times]

This man needs your help:

Last night we heard the interesting rumor that Jonathan Drouin might move for Alex Galchenyuk. Geo broke it down for us. [Raw Charge]

We also wrote up a round table. Join our fight about UFA defensemen. [Raw Charge]

Justin broke down our season series with the LA Kings — noting the weird fact that both games pitted Ben Bishop vs. Peter Budaj. [Raw Charge]

Tampa forum focuses on upwardly mobile millennials. “Tampa Bay Lightning owner and developer Jeff Vinik was the star panelist at the well-organized event. Titled the Millennial Impact Forum, it was the first event of its kind in the area.” [Creative Loafing Tampa]

The V-Red Prospects Advanced Camp will be held in Tampa this summer. [Tampa Bay Times]

Distant Thunder has started back up again.

The Crunch

Bryan Burns did justice to the entire Crunch season in his piece, “Remarkable Crunch season comes to a close.” “Syracuse completed one of the most successful seasons in both Crunch franchise history and all-time among the Tampa Bay Lightning's top development affiliates.” [Tampa Bay Lightning]

It seems like Syracuse Crunch goalie and video coach David Alexander is moving onto a new organization. He has done wonders with the goalies in Syracuse. It was only a matter of time before he got snatched up.

Speaking of moving on, it was Exit Day yesterday in Syracuse.

Regardless of the ending, the 2016-2017 Crunch will NOT ever be forgotten. [Syracuse.com]

No matter the ending, the ice’s days at the Onondaga County War Memorial were numbered...and now it’s gone:

Crunch captain Erik Condra missed out on the end of Syracuse’s season because of a a herniated disc that was severely weakening the muscles in his legs. [Syracuse.com]

Todd Cross, who works for the Crunch, quietly wrote an incredibly touching and heart-wrenching blog entry on his personal blog to say goodbye to this team...and hello to the next one. [Now That’s the Ticket]

The Game

NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18. [The Athletic]

Should Phil Housley be the Buffalo Sabres’ next coach? Greg Wyshynski says yes. [Puck Daddy]

The New York Rangers will buy out Dan Girardi. [NHL SB Nation]

The Vancouver Canucks will be protecting Brandon Sutter in the expansion draft.

Something something Detroit Red Wings prospects Calder Cup something future something. [NHL.com] [Booooo - Acha]

There’s a new SB Nation blog for Vegas: Knights on Ice.

AHL Rockford has a new coach in Sheldon Brookbank.