Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning welcome numbers 14 and 5 (again) to blue and white

Chris Kunitz will wear 14 for the Bolts, and Dan Girardi will take over 5.

The Bolts

It’s sewn-on-the-jersey levels of real now — Dan Girardi will don Jason Garrison’s old number, and Chris Kunitz will wear his Cup-winning number, 14, for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

CBS Sports reports on a thing Larry Brooks speculated about. Could N.Y. Islanders' John Tavares already be on Tampa Bay Lightning's radar? "If Tavares does go through the season unsigned and does reach free agency," Brooks wrote, "there is a keen sense Tampa Bay will be among his most aggressive suitors, with their no-state-tax location a significant benefit to the cause." [CBS Sports]

My poor fellow Managing Editor at Lighthouse Hockey! Be sure to catch up on Tavares in LHH's Complete Encyclopedia of John Tavares Telling the Toronto Maple Leafs to Get Lost. Will they have to make one for us, now, too? [LHH]

Islanders John Tavares To Tampa Bay Lightning Is A Stretch -- "If we’re playing the prognostication game with Tavares’ future Dallas looks just as appealing. A natural winger, not a converted one who he now has to come into direct competition with." [Eyes on Isles]

Bolts' Sergachev: I think I'm ready for NHL -- "I don't know, I'm a prospect and I haven't made the team or ever played a full season in the NHL," Sergachev told NHL.com. "So I'm just like everyone, trying to make the team." [TSN]

Photo Breakdown: Victor Hedman is tall, Yanni Gourde is not -- "That photo reminded me of a similar one featuring a couple of Lightning players. The tall guy/ short guy dynamic has long been a staple of Lighting photos thanks to the prowess of future hall-of-famer Marty St. Louis. Seeing him standing next to Vincent Lecavalier celebrating another fantastic goal was always fun to see." [Raw Charge]

Top 25 Under 25

Top 25 Under 25: #13 Taylor Raddysh exploded on the scoresheet for Erie -- "Raddysh may get a long look at training camp this year, but it is almost a certainty that he is returned to Erie this season. He still needs to work on his skating ability, but that should be no problem for Barb Underhill of the Lightning’s staff. She was the master who helped Brayden Point fix that aspect of his game, allowing him to jump straight from juniors to the NHL." [Raw Charge]

The Prospects

Ken Klee hired as Syracuse Crunch assistant coach -- "We are very excited to add Ken to our coaching staff," BriseBois said. "His vast experience as a long-time National Hockey League defenseman, his recent experience as a head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and his strong leadership skills will make him an important contributor to the success of our Syracuse Crunch team." [Syracuse Crunch]

Syracuse Crunch owner sets sights on War Memorial upgrades -- "With the tentative plan to add six suites inside the War Memorial by the 2018-19 season, Dolgon says there are still a few things that need to be worked out with the county. In particular, he says how that revenue will be divided needs to be finalized." [Local syr.com]

Do you guys think Connor Ingram is bored?