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Quick Strikes: Peter Budaj will likely re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Bolts

In case you missed it, the Tampa Bay Lightning and goalie Peter Budaj are basically just waiting for Thursday to register their new deal. “His annual salary is particularly interesting. It is the exact salary cap hit that the Lightning can bury in the minor league by re-assigning him to the Syracuse Crunch. While it is unlikely that this will happen, it’s a option in the event that the Lightning struggle to stay under the cap.” [Raw Charge]

What’s happening today? Tampa Bay Lightning’s jersey reveal! We don’t know what time it’ll happen yet, but the teaser tweet is over here. [TBL twitter]

Once the Budaj contract is official, Tampa will be at 30 contracts:

In case you missed it, our newest podcast debuted yesterday! Entitled Charged Up, Matt and Geo hit off the pilot episode discussing the Lightning’s protection list for the upcoming expansion draft. [Raw Charge]

In actual off-season news, Tyler Johnson was on the golf course yesterday:

Celebrating the last few single days for @wulfrob #ShelbyGetsRobbed

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The Crunch

Syracuse forward Henri Ikonen is, as expected, moving on after 3 seasons with the Crunch:

A FanPoster wrote an interview with him that went up yesterday. “It was a fun ride. We had a really good team and were so close to winning it all. Just truly blessed I got to be around those guys and enjoy the ride with them.” [Raw Charge]

It appears that forward Kevin Lynch, who worked his way up from a PTO with Syracuse last season to a full AHL contract, will be re-signing with the Crunch:

The Prospects

Yesterday was also “Meet Mikhail Sergachev” day — our OHL writer, Tom Hunter, wrote about him here [Raw Charge], and Bryan Burns wrote about him at [Tampa Bay Lightning]

The Game

Jonathan “Marshmallow” Marchessault is sad and that makes me want to hurt the people who made him upset:

The Phoenix Coyotes are not going to re-sign Shane Doan, who has spent 21 seasons playing for them. [SB Nation NHL]

Penn State and the Pegula Ice Arena will host their second NHL pre-season game: Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins. [Go PSU Sports]

The new NHL salary cap is a $2,000,000 increase over the current cap. Generally, that’s good news for most teams. [Pension Plan Puppets]

The AHL’s annual meetings are this week in Phoenix:

I’d show you a tweet from the Crunch being there, but they…uh…aren’t. So…hey, Rochester!

It’s a tad warm in Arizona:

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