Quick Strikes: J.T. Miller has opportunity for banger season with Tampa Bay Lightning

When your linemates most likely will be Kuch and Stammer, you better produce

The Bolts

So, how did that Martin St. Louis trade work out for the Tampa Bay Lightning, anyway? This fanpost (a new Sunday tradition) looks into the assets going to and from the Bolts and New York Rangers and who came out on top in the end. [Raw Charge]

A decision by Tampa Bay Lightning and Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman to leave St. Louis off of the Canadian Olympic roster in favor of an injured Steven Stamkos prompted St. Louis to make a public trade request. St. Louis, to make it harder, would only accept a trade to the New York Rangers.

Even with his hands tied, Yzerman made arguably one of the best trades in Tampa Bay sports history.

J.T. Miller could be a breakout player next year, especcially if he stays where he is in the lineup next to Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. [NHL dot com]

The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed Miller to a five-year contract and gave elite right wing Nikita Kucherovan eight-year contract extension this offseason, committing to two of their top line players. Miller was moved off the line late in the playoffs but played mostly with Kucherov (second in Yahoo) and Steven Stamkos (eighth), two top-10 fantasy finishers, after being acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Feb. 26.

The trade Erik Karlsson to the Lightning memes are at a different level. My hat’s off the Lightning Reddit. [Reddit]

Because another Karlsson meme is never a bad thing... from TampaBayLightning

The Game

Recently retired NHL netminder Ray Emery died early Sunday morning after drowning in Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Emery spent a season with the Syracuse Crunch whilst in the Anaheim Ducks organization. [ESPN]

Emery was an Ottawa Senators fourth-round draft pick in 2001. Over 11 NHL seasons, he played for the Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Nicknamed “Razor” for his aggressive style, Emery helped the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 and won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013 as a backup to Corey Crawford.

The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed 25-year-old first-line center Phillip Danault to a three-year contract worth $3.083 million per season. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

Danault has been one of the Canadiens’ top centres over the past three seasons, scoring 24 goals and adding 46 assists (of which 26 were primary) in 155 games. He was part of a formidable line two years ago, finding chemistry with offensive wingers Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov. This past season he was again mainly paired with Pacioretty after the team ended the Pacioretty/Jonathan Drouin experiment.