Quick Strikes: Steve Yzerman sells mansion to Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi

Kucherov ranks third among NHLers under 25 according to SBNation, another Russian defenseman for the Maple Leafs, and #JustVasyThings.

The Bolts

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has sold his 6,265 square foot mansion in the Davis Islands to newly signed defenseman Dan Girardi for $3 million. The home was initially on the market for $3.595 million, before the price was lowered to $3.45 million in June. “On July 6, five days after Girardi signed with the Lightning, a sale on the home was pending. This week, we finally found out the sale price, $595,000 less than the original asking price.” The house next door sold for $2.9 million in February. [The Comeback] [Tampa Bay Times]

SB Nation has ranked Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov the third best player under the age of 25 in the league. “On top of being a stud offensive talent, Kucherov can also drive possession at even strength with a career CF% above 55, according to Hockey-Reference. Given the extent of his goal-scoring and playmaking abilities, Kucherov could very well get away with being break even at possession and still be a fine young hockey player. Instead, Kucherov is not only capable of putting up big numbers, he’s also quite responsible with the puck on his stick.” [SB Nation]

@iActium says if perfectly: #JustVasyThings

The Hockey Writers took a look at Andrei Vasilevskiy’s journey and where he can go in the future. “At the start of the 2013-14 season, it was unknown who would be the starter for the Lightning, but it was clear that Vasileveskiy was the future. The young Russian goaltender put up solid numbers in the KHL on limited appearances and looked on track to come play for the Lightning’s AHL affiliate the next year.” [The Hockey Writers]

The Prospects

The Barrie Colts are looking to lean on their three russian forwards’ high end abilities in order to make some waves in the OHL. One of those is 18-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Alexei Lipanov, and potential first-overall draft pick in 2018 Andrei Svechnikov.   “If they’ve got the puck all the time, that’s pretty good defence. It will be interesting to see how camp goes and what kind of chemistry develops. It’s certainly not out of the question that two or all three could end up playing together if it’s the right fit.” [OHL]

Here’s our first look at the Tampa Bay Lightning’s biggest young man, 2016 6th-round pick Oleg Sosunov.

The Game

Like Nikita Zaitsev in 2016, it looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs have their eyes set on another KHL defenseman in his mid-twenties. Igor Ozhiganov spoke with Sovsport.ru regarding a dinner he had with Leafs heach coach Mike Babcock and GM Lou Lamoriello. Huge thanks goes to Natalia (@extragalactic), our lovely RawCharge.com translator for creating the english version for us to read. [Raw Charge]

Now the Leafs have a great interest in Ozhiganov, a large defenseman with an excellent shot. What does Igor have in Russia? There was the blockbuster game with SKA. And you know what, Ozhiganov was off the lineup and watched the game from the stands. Because CSKA has six good lines, and all the players simply don't fit on the roster.

Do you have little experience in the field of Hockey Analytics? Perfect! Hockey-Graphs is starting a mentorship program to help grow the diversity and breadth of the field. “Hockey Graphs Editor in Chief Asmae Toumi introduced the new program. Inspired by similar programs in other areas of tech, the hope is that providing mentees with direct access to experts will provide a gateway into an area of study that can at times feel insular and prohibitive.” [Raw Charge]

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