Quick Strikes: Lightning lose Callahan for four weeks

It seems he hasn’t fully recovered from his hip surgery from the summer.

The Bolts

Well, this isn’t good. The Lightning announced Sunday that Ryan Callahan will miss four weeks. Side note: Why was he allowed back in the first place? [Tampa Bay Times]

Joel Vermin has been recalled from Syracuse. [Syracuse.com]

Hear from JT Brown as he gives an update on his condition. He also discusses diversity in hockey, as we honor Martin Luther King Jr. today.

Is this six-game road trip the make-or-break point of the season? Can’t see how it’s not. [Tampa Bay Times]

Have you read Martin St. Louis’ letter to fans? [Lightning.nhl.com]

The Game

The National No Fun Hockey League has gotten rid of the breakaway challenge at All-Star Weekend. [Yahoo Sports]

Robin Lehner says the Sabres aren’t doing what they’re getting paid to do: “Right now some games when it goes wrong, everyone is kind of all over the place and it’s kind of hard to pinpoint.” [The Buffalo News]

Sure, the Canadiens have Shea Weber, but their best defenseman is actually Jeff Petry. [Sportsnet]

Aww, look at a young Bruce Boudreau.

Justin Schultz, who “didn’t even want to be on the ice” but “crawl in a hole” a year ago, is now feeling at home with the Penguins. [NHL.com]

The Capitals are on a nine-game winning streak after dominating the Flyers to a 5-0 win. [Washington Post]