Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning players all over the early Hart Trophy ballot

Bye Week Day 4: Another day, another translation

The Bolts

J.T. Brown is no longer a Tampa Bay Lightning player as his contract has been claimed by the Anaheim Ducks. Best of luck to J.T. and his wife Lexi in Anaheim! [Raw Charge]

“The most likely candidates for a call-up in no particular order are Michael Bournival, Matthew Peca, and Adam Erne. Lower down the list, but still possible, are Carter Verhaeghe, Anthony Cirelli, and Mathieu Joseph.”

Andrej Sustr has some very interesting thoughts on his future with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He reveals some in this translated interview with Michael Langr of NHL.com/CS. Shoutout Igor Nikonov (@nikonov_igor) for the translation! [Raw Charge]

“Sustr: It’s hard every year. When I saw how they were completing the roster, I had the thought that it would not be easy for me. Opportunities were given to other players, and I either play or wait for my chance.”

Everyone love Mikhail Sergachev! Even in the Bahamas (don’t ask me how I know where he is).

Bye weeks always seem to come at a good time. For the Lightning, this one arrived right when the team was starting to falter a little bit. [Tampa Bay Times]

“You hope you can get in and win that last game going in to the break... We’ve been on the road for a long time, and this is going to be a really big test as we go on the road for eight in a row (after Vegas). You just have to weather through the next stage of our schedule.” - Jon Cooper

Not to brag, but why is it ALWAYS us!?

Halway through the year, who is the MVP? MUP? BWN? BP-GP? We must know! [NHL dot com]

“Why is Anton Stralman never included in that group? Why is he never in the Norris Trophy conversation? I realize his offensive numbers aren’t up there with the Victor Hedman’s and the Erik Karlsson’s and the Brent Burns’ in the League, but if you’re talking about top defensive D-men, there might not be any better than Anton Stralman.”

Richard Sherman is very disappointed in you, Tyler Johnson.

The Prospects

Brett Howden notched another patented three-point night for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. [Bolt Prospects]

“Howden scored the OT game-winner after the Warriors blew a 4-1 third period lead, allowing three Medicine Hat goals including the equalizer with 39 seconds left in regulation... Howden notched two assists to go along with his game-winner.”

Connor. You are from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. No matter what sport you are watching, you are only allowed to cheer for the Roughriders. You know this.

The more I look at these jerseys, the more I love them.



The Game

Taylor Hall may be a winner on Twitter, but he’s no Twitter Stanley Cup Champion. Ladies and gentlemen, Phillip J Kessel.

Days after signing a three-year contract extension, Andrew Cogliano has been suspended for two games for his hit on Adrian Kempe. This also ends the fourth-longest iron man streak in the history of the NHL. Shame it ended this way. [Anaheim Calling]

“In the video, the hit by Cogliano is broken down into two parts: the interference and the principal point of contact. Both of these parts are extremely important for understanding the reasoning behind the suspension.”

Speaking of hits, Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano was ejected for his blind-side, knee-on-knee hit on Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes. A suspension could be coming. [Yahoo]

“Giordano was given a match penalty on the play and a five-minute major for fighting Carolina’s Justin Williams, who came to Aho’s defense. To make matters worse, the Hurricanes’ leading scorer also appeared to injure his knee on the play and was favoring his left leg as he left the ice.”

Highlight of the Night: I grew up watching Phil Kessel’s shot and since he’s become third, fourth fiddle on the Pittsburgh Penguins, it doesn’t get the same love it should. What a snipe from a top sniper of this generation. Not only was it his 20th goal of the season, but The Thrill got his 700th and 701st career point in the game as well. 316 goals, 385 assists in 878 games with almost a decade long iron man streak.