Quick Strikes: Tide rolled, no more black thirds

The boys were watching other people play sports last night, and third jerseys are going away.

No black third jerseys next season

Apparently there are no more third jerseys next season when the official uniform maker changes from Reebok to Adidas. I never thought the thirds were all that great, but they did make it easier when the team played against other predominately blue jerseys, like the Maple Leafs. (But not the LA Kings.)

What do you think? Bad idea to do away with thirds? Good idea because maybe they’ll be different when they come back in a season or two?

The Bolts

If you haven't been keeping up, the 91 days of Stamkos series by Justin is fantastic. [Raw Charge]

There was a lot of news in junior hockey yesterday as we near their trade deadline. Tampa prospect Christopher Paquette was traded to the Peterborough Petes, Mitchell Stephens was traded to the London Knights, and Anthony Cirelli was traded to the Erie Otters.

Cooper on team's slump: 'Everybody is frustrated'. "I know it's frustrating for everybody," Cooper told the Tampa Bay Times. "You know why? We've won. The standard has been set high and we want to keep raising that standard. And when you do that, expectations rise. Everybody is frustrated. We're frustrated. We know where we've been and want to get back there." [Tampa Bay Times]

Lightning sends Condra, Erne to AHL. "Per the AHL website, goalies Adam Wilcox and Kristers Gudlevskis were swapped, so Gudlevskis will be in Tampa to back up Andrei Vasilevskiy for Thursday's game with the Sabres." [Tampa Bay Times]

Countdown to St. Louis jersey retirement: Top 10 Marty moments. "As we get close to the night the first retired jersey in franchise history, let's start a countdown of the the top 10 moments for St. Louis involving the Lightning jersey." [Lightning Insider, subscription]

Poor Cally supported the losing team, but it looks like everyone had fun last night watching Clemson beat Alabama.

Roll tide #hitemwiththeheisman

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The League

Catching up with Tiger Williams. "Williams skated on New Year's Eve for the 2017 Rogers NHL Centennial Classic Alumni Game at Exhibition Stadium, his Maple Leafs falling 4-3 to an alumni team from the Detroit Red Wings. Twenty-four hours earlier, heading out into his afternoon, wiping perspiration from his brow, he was in deep thought. 'Just seeing the guys today in our practice, you can't buy that,' Williams said." [NHL]

Smoke in cockpit forces plane carrying Dallas Stars to land in Cahokia. Eek! [Belleville News-Democrat]

Report: No third jerseys in NHL next season. "Multiple sources have told the Minnesota Star Tribune that NHL teams will not have third jerseys in the 2017-18 season as Adidas takes over manufacturing duties." [Sportsnet]

Oilers send Jesse Puljujarvi to AHL. "Rookie forward, No. 4 pick in 2016 NHL Draft, had eight points in 28 games." [NHL]

NHL All-Star Game 2017 roster projections. This sound good? "Forwards: Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers), Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning), Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs), Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins),  Kyle Okposo (Buffalo Sabres), Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)." [USA Today]