Quick Strikes: Our hearts are Boyle-in over for you

Or at least Edmonton’s heart is Boyle-in for...okay we’ll stop.

ICYMI, Bye Week edition

91 Days of Stamkos: Day 43, when is the best time to buy a Steven Stamkos rookie card?

Vote: Should the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Bolts in the Pipeline: February 6th - 12th

The System

Report: Oilers interested in acquiring Brian Boyle. "Chiarelli was looking at Lightning unrestricted free-agent Brian Boyle, who’s averaging almost 14 minutes a game, is winning more than 50 per cent of his draws and has 12 goals." [Edmonton Journal]

Lightning Alumni Return For Third Annual Hockey Day in Tampa Bay. "While the Tampa Bay Lightning are on their first-ever bye week, several of their former stars are getting ready to take the ice this Saturday against some of their old rivals. The third annual Hockey Day in Tampa Bay is set to take place Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa. The highlight of the event will be the Tampa Bay Lightning alumni game against the Boston Bruins alumni." [Patch.com]

Opinion: Cashing in on Boyle's Career-High Shooting Percentage is Smart Business. “While some fans have been reluctant to consider the possibility of trading Boyle, that report from CBC's Elliotte Friedman should change the equation.  If Steve Yzerman can turn a 32-year-old, fourth-line center on an expiring contract into a first-round pick, he'd be foolish not to.  Even if this year's entry draft isn't as strong or deep as one might like, a first-round pick is still a tremendously valuable commodity.” [Lightning Lounge]

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 89, Cory Conacher edition. [Bolt Prospects]

Killorn with the breaking NCAA news:

Heading to Syracuse, or have friends there?

The League

Need a Valentine’s Day card? SBNation has you covered. “Send these hockey Valentine’s Day cards to your loved ones” — or best frenemies. [SBN]

Perry blasted for ‘dirty’ play for second time in as many weeks (Video). "Following Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Ducks, Caps forward Daniel Winnik called out Perry for an ugly-looking trip (as seen in the video above)." [NBC Sports]

In mixed-up world of sports, NHL is breath of fresh air. "Suffer from Super Bowl hangover, Bubba? Bored out of your gourd by the NBA regular season? Count down the days before the start of the NCAA tournament? Can’t wait for even the MLB marathon? Well, Balls has just the addiction for you. Pucks." [SF Examiner]

It's a match: Five NHL players could find love with these teams at trade deadline. "Matt Duchene, center, Colorado Avalanche. Desire: Wants to be unconditionally loved and appreciated." [USA Today]

Why Every NHL Team Should Fire Its Coach. "More than any other sport, replacing a hockey coach midseason has the greatest immediate impact; the Islanders and Blues are proving this true." [Wall Street Journal, subscription]


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