Quick Strikes: Rays 2, Marlins 3

The boys of winter are golfing, have some baseball.

Tampa Bay

Hi, I know that this is a Tampa Bay Lightning blog, but per Elliotte Friedman, even Steve Yzerman has taken some time away from Hot Erik Karlsson Action. Is Steve at the beach? On the golf course? At a Tampa Bay Rays game?

Speaking of the Rays game, here’s yesterday’s game recap from our sibling site, Dray’s Bay.

Rays 2, Marlins 3: Tampa Bay racks up yards but not enough points [Dray’s Bay]

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Daniel Robertson skipped a double up the third base line and past Miguel Rojas. Following that, and in the middle of a “get off my lawn rant what are they doing to the game” rant by Dave, Jake Bauers drilled a 1985 single to center. Unfortunately, this is 2018, and Riddle fielded it easily. Cron popped out to end the threat.

The Hockey Writers summed up what’s going on with the Karlsson situation. Basically: nada.

NHL Rumors: Karlsson, Panarin, Maroon, More [THW]

In short, all the factors that were obstacles in a Karlsson trade — his current salary, his next salary, dumping Bobby Ryan’s contract and the return coming the other way — have made Karlsson almost untradeable at this moment and teams are going to simply wait.

How does this relate to TBL? Minnesota Wild sign Matt Dumba to 5-years, $30 million [Hockey Wilderness]

This long-term commitment to Dumba didn’t always seem inevitable. Entering last summer, the Vegas expansion draft left his future in question. Minnesota committed to keeping him in the expansion draft, but a rocky start led to questioning as to whether that commitment was the right decision.

Here’s how:

NHL arbitration schedule for restricted free agents [NHL.com]

Not a single Lightning among them.

Tampa Bay Lightning First Round Mulligan [Raw Charge]

Today while browsing Twitter, an interesting thought came to me. If I could take a mulligan on any Tampa Bat Lightning first-round pick, what would it be and who would I have picked instead? Seeing as how there have been a number of first round flops in the history of the Lightning, I figured there had to be probably 10-15 good candidates.

Who’s going??

Kids compete in first Summer Street Crunch of the season [Localsyr.com]

The Game

Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki was able to strap into a sledge and take his first turn on the ice since the bus accident that left him paralyzed. His goal: to play for Team Canada at the Paralympics.

A new journey: Ryan Straschnitzki hits the ice once again [Calgary Herald]

“I’ve had a lot of people out in sleds and Ryan got out there and took right to it. He got out there and there were no issues at all. He had a smile on his face and it was something I won’t forget.”

How far can Ryan go with sledge hockey? Cederstrand thinks he can go as far as he wants.

“Ryan will be able to play sledge hockey hopefully at the highest capacity possible,” he said.

Ryan Straschnitzki returns to the ice for 1st time since Humboldt Broncos bus crash [CBC]

While returning to the rink was a joyous turning point for Straschnitzki, it was also a moment of discovery in many ways, as he learned that sledge hockey has its own unique geometry, and even a few secret tricks.

”He was trying to figure out how to turn,” said Tom.

”So we’re saying, drop a shoulder — then he gets the hang of it.”

Utica hockey fans get the first look at USA blind hockey team [WKTV]

”Hopefully next year, we’ll be back here in Utica,” said Michael Svac, USA Blind Hockey team GM and head coach. “The team may be a little different, if we get the word out we’ll have more players that will want to come out and be part of this.”

Have a lovely summer Sunday, y’all.