Quick Strikes: Mikhail Sergachev welcomed to Tampa Bay Lightning prospect camp

With welcome signs in Russian and everything! It’s like we’re used to Russians here...

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Mikhail Sergachev quickly feels at home with Tampa Bay Lightning: "It's amazing," Sergachev said. "This team wants me more than Montreal. They want to see me succeed in the NHL and will try to help. That's why I love this team." [Tampa Bay Times]

In case you missed the other Russian, we had a fantastic interview with Andrei Vasilevskiy up yesterday, translated by Igor and Natalia. [Raw Charge]

Grading the trades--Dissecting the NHL's biggest, best and most curious deals: "Drouin should do well to up Montreal's attack after a late emergence in Tampa Bay. But the Lightning look like the long-term winners here, saving money while jettisoning a guy who once had big problems with team management and may have been lost via the expansion draft, all while landing a premier project on defense." [CBS Sports]

Cory Conacher re-signed by Tampa Bay Lightning to two-year contract: "Conacher’s nickname from his 2012-13 season with the Norfolk Admirals was Honey Badger, and it has remained with him through this most recent playoff run. Our Syracuse Crunch writers were grateful for his presence during the AHL regular season." [Raw Charge]

Gabriel Dumont re-signed by Tampa Bay Lightning to two-year contract: Second verse, same as the first. [Raw Charge]

Maass, Perbix selected in NHL draft: "The two blue liners were home visiting friends and family the weekend of June 23-25 before heading out to begin their next chapter in life. Maass was going to head to New Hampshire to start working with his college team, and Perbix was going to head to Omaha to continue working with his United States Hockey League team." [Star News]

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The Game

Ready for a lockout? I guess so. Latest NHLPA dispute described as a ‘witch hunt’: "This much is clear: The NHLPA, a union with a history of internecine fighting, is once again in upheaval, according to interviews with two veteran NHL players, six player agents, three NHLPA sources and internal NHLPA emails reviewed by TSN." [TSN]

Shattenkirk leads lean crop of top NHL free agents: "The veteran GM and Hall of Fame player said the sting is worse in years like this one, when 'there aren't a lot of players out there.' That's good news for defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Trevor Daley, forwards Alexander Radulov, Justin Williams and Nick Bonino, and goaltenders Brian Elliott and Jonathan Bernier." [AP]

Stars acquire defenseman Marc Methot in a trade with Vegas: "Dallas acquired the 32-year-old Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday for goaltending prospect Dylan Ferguson and a 2020 second-round pick." [AP]

Washington Capitals Re-Sign Pending UFA Brett Connolly: Aw, good. [Puck Prose]