Quick Strikes: Lightning reflect, Crunch release anniversary jersey design

The Lightning look back at their close-call win from Saturday while the Crunch gives fans a sneak-peak at their new threads.

The Headline

The Tampa Bay Lightning took some time to reflect on their close-call shootout win this past Saturday.

Being happy for Mathieu Joseph is so, so easy:

Meanwhile, the Syracuse Crunch released a sneak-peak of their 25th anniversary season jersey, a re-design of their current home jersey.

The new sweater features more silver highlights for the team’s silver anniversary. Replicas of the new jersey will be available for purchase.

They are also, apparently, Lightning approved!

Other Lightning News

Two years ago, Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov was a contract hold-out. He chose to remain unsigned through training camp and the pre-season. That situation ended happily, but will Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander choose a similar path? Geo explored the comparisons between the situations. [Raw Charge]

When you look at Nylander, you also can’t help but see a player that could take a big step forward and certainly has the potential to produce like Kucherov going forward. In this stalemate, it seems like that is what Nylander is projecting for himself, and he wants to be paid now like he’s going to produce at that level.

Do you like Chick-Fil-A? Here’s some exciting news for you:

Other Crunch News

The Crunch released some more information about their opening night festivities yesterday evening. Their 25th anniversary celebration will have several highlights in addition to the jerseys mentioned earlier in this entry. [Syracuse Crunch]

The game will be highlighted by an opening ceremony featuring one former Crunch player from each of the team’s affiliations – Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning – accompanied by the mascot from that affiliation.

Patrick Williams has been joining Lightning Radio once a week to connect Lightning fans to their AHL farm team. He was on the Crunch’s Saturday night broadcast of their victory in Hershey, and his segment can be heard here:

Following their parent club’s lead, the Crunch has started using a winfographic:

Orlando Solar Bears News

Don Money has continued his closer look at the new partnership between the Lightning and the Solar Bears. [Pro Hockey News]

During Tampa’s trip to Orlando for a preseason game, new General Manager Julien BriseBois explained that although they appeared to be very selective in the number of players placed in the ECHL (last season a total of four spent time in Adirondack), the franchise’s interest in the double-A league has been steady.

“We’ve always wanted to have a successful partnership at the ECHL level,” BriseBois said. “Some years were more successful than others for all sorts of reasons.”

Defenseman Nolan Valleau has been returned to Orlando. The Solar Bears also released forward Jared Fiegl and goaltender Dillon Kelley from their training camp.

Other Things from Around the Sport

The Anaheim Ducks have placed Pontus Aberg on waivers. Since they claimed him from Edmonton previously, they could get burned:

Former Lightning prospect Brett Howden scored his first NHL goal with the New York Rangers Saturday night:

Kristina Rutherford places Claude Giroux among the NHL’s most dangerous competitors. [SportsNet]

The Florida Panthers put Roberto Luongo on IR yesterday. Goalie Michael Hutchinson was then recalled from AHL Springfield:

The Carolina Hurricanes have a “helpful” fact for us all:

Daniel Winnik has decided to go overseas.

Historic hockey pranks!