Quick Strikes: Steven Stamkos is healthy and ready to win the Cup

The Bolts

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is relaxed, free, and focused. (paywall) [The Athletic]

There’s something purdy down totally at Amalie Arena....

Heeey, wait a minute...

Geo’s scouting report on the new players:

Coburn - Left fielder. Adequate defense. Weak arm that forced him into left field. Bats at the bottom of the line up. .220/.300/.380 slash line...

Miller - Starting pitcher. Solid #3 guy. 3.75 ERA. 1.15 WHIP. Not bad.

Girardi - Relief pitcher. Throws a lot of junk balls. Not overly skilled, but gets opponents out through deception and hard work.

Domginue - Back-up catcher. Not a very good bat, but he’s a good pitch framer and brings value defensively.

Do you remember when Chris Kontos scored four goals in the Lightning’s inaugural game? Geo does! [Raw Charge]

There is a now infamous story of Esposito frantically running around the arena after Kontos’ third goal. The ushers had been instructed to throw anyone out that threw any objects on the ice. Not knowing the custom of a hat trick, they started doing just that when the hats began to fly. It wouldn’t take long though for the Tampa Bay area to start to catch on to the customs, traditions, and superstitions of hockey.

Our writers sure know how to create a stir! [Raw Charge]

Much has been made about the Maple Leafs acquisition of Tavares, but the Lightning forwards are still better.

What’s the overall stack of the Atlantic when it comes to prospects? Good question! (paywall) [ESPN]

The Organization

The score from yesterday's game was a bit painful, but it’s hoped the players learn from it and take those lessons into the upcoming season.

Although the end score wasn’t idea, there were quite a few Syracuse Crunch rookies that impressed these past few days, including defenseman Erik Cernak, Matt Spencer, and Cal Foote. Oh, and that presence of Oleg Sosunov.

The Crunch announced the continuation of two community-based initiatives to support local charities and nonprofit organizations yesterday.

Those local to the Syracuse area - don’t forget about the Crunch’s Blink Fitness Crunch Crew promotional team!

The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the Lightning and the Crunch, added a player yesterday.

The Game

That trade yesterday between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights was...something.

Yup...it was something.

The Boston Bruins have announced changes to their preseason roster. [Boston Bruins]

Forward David Krejci will be removed from the team’s O.R.G. NHL China Games roster and replaced by forward Colby Cave...the team has signed forwards Lee Stempniak and Daniel Winnik to professional tryout agreements.

Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres is clearly an intense individual.

The Edmonton Oilers contract discussions with Darnell Nurse seem to be stalled:

Lexi Brown needs to never change, I think we can all agree on that.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

NHL to Seattle has added to their staff!

The San Antonio Rampage, AHL club of the St. Louis Blues, named Brian McCormack their new Director of Broadcasting. McCormack was the 2018 ECHL Broadcaster of the Year. [Idaho Steelheads]

We continue to honor Tracey’s coverage of ECHL Adirondack. Who else will suit up this season? She has the answer! [Thoughts Inside the Box]

Christina Haugan was the office manager for the Humboldt Broncos while her husband, Darcy Haugan, coached the team. Darcy was one of those killed in the bus crash on April 6th. Christina has made the hard decision to step away from the team and from hockey. [CBC]

“We’re glad that hockey’s moving on. It has to,” she says. “We want them to be successful. We wish them the best.”

The Broncos have decided against naming a captain this season, instead opting to honor the memory of Logan Schatz, who was the captain last season and died in that bus crash.