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Quick Strikes: Crunch forward Carter Verhaeghe is the AHL Player of the Week.

-The Syracuse Crunch have another AHL player of the Week on their hands. The AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning announced yesterday that forward Carter Verhaeghe has been awarded the recognition for his performance last week.

Verhaeghe posted back-to-back three-point games last week, giving him 10 points in his last three contests with Syracuse. On Friday night, Verhaeghe registered a goal and two assists to help the Crunch to a 4-0 victory over Utica. And on Saturday, he tallied another goal and picked up two more assists as Syracuse rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Cleveland, 6-3.

Verhaeghe is the third Syracuse player to win this award this season, the most in the league. Previously, Connor Ingram and Cal Foote were given the weekly honors. Cory Conacher was also the AHL Player of the Month for November.

-Speaking of Conacher and Ingram, their jerseys from the AHL’s All-Star Skills competitions are up for bid from the league.

-Lightning rookie Mathieu Joseph helped lead the Guide The Thunder program yesterday. This sounds like an amazing program.

-Hockey Day in Tampa Bay is Sunday, February 10th! Are you ready?

The full-day event will celebrate everything that is hockey in Tampa Bay with both in-arena and outdoor activities. Fans can attend all the events both inside AMALIE Arena and outside for free, but a suggested donation of $10 is recommended, with all proceeds benefiting the Lightning sled hockey program and The Gold Shield Foundation.

-The Lightning Made Training Center is hosting a free Adult Ball Hockey Clinic this Thursday, February 7th.

-Do you have a sweetheart that loves the Lightning? Did you know Valentine’s Day is next week? It’s okay, don’t panic!

-The Lightning posted another “what’s in the box?” segment yesterday. It’s wonderful, especially if you need a pick-me-up today!

-Lightning forward Brayden Point is still not ready to go, but whatever is going on doesn’t seem too bad.

-Yes, Seldo still works here! He checked in yesterday with his Lightning prospect report.

The big news item today is that Ryan Lohin is the U-Mass Lowell representative in Hobey Baker voting, so if you could click this link and flood the voting, it would be awesome.

-Seldo also works over at Pension Plan Puppets. He posted an article over there about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect pool, too.

-The Orlando Solar Bears have returned home from their road trip. Tracey reported on the last leg of their time away yesterday.

-Do you know these pigs? I love these pigs. You should love these pigs, too.

-The New Jersey Devils are hosting their first Mental Health Awareness night tonight.

-The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension.

This season, the North Pole, Alaska, native has posted a record of 10-5-3 with a 2.98 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. The 6’4”, 200-pound goaltender has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 19 appearances. Additionally, Copley went on a seven game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) from Nov. 24 through Jan. 9, the longest stretch by a Capitals goaltender this year.

-The Dallas Stars have posted their info for Hockey is For Everyone month.

-Speaking of, the league is going to celebrate HIFE month and Black History Month with special programming online, on social media, and on NHL Network.

-That dang trade deadline is sneaking up. Tom Hunter of Mile High Hockey dared to ask: What if the Colorado Avalanche decide to buy at the deadline?

The Avalanche are in the unenviable spot of playing bad hockey, but still being within striking distance of the playoffs. Over the next three weeks, Joe Sakic and his front office team are going to have to decide whether or not it’s a good idea to push for the playoffs this season or if they should take a step back in their build and wait until next year.

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