Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning contribute funds for removal of Confederate statues, issues statement
News about injuries, signings, and big donations.
The Municipal government voted to take down Confederate statues in public spaces, after the events that occured in Charlottesville, Va., “where a white nationalist rally Saturday turned into a bloody clash that resulted in the death of a counterprotester.” Several major Tampa sports teams stepped up, including the Tampa Bay Lightning, to donate a large portion of the money needed to take these statues down. [NY Times]
Nice t-shirt Victor Hedman!
— Billebeino (@billebeino) August 16, 2017
With Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos’ offense and leadership the Bolts should be one of the last teams competing for the 2018 Stanley Cup. “There are very few players (other than Nikita Kucherov, that is) that can keep pace with a player like Stamkos.” [Bolts By The Bay]
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed 27 year-old forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract. “McGinn will be entering his third season with the Lightning organization, and Crunch fans are practically salivating for a full healthy season from the forward after watching him work his tail off during the playoffs.” [Raw Charge]
It’s official: the @TBLightning have re-signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way deal.
— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) August 17, 2017
Long-time center for the New Jersey Devils, Travis Zajac is out for 4-6 months after undergoing successful surgery on his left pectoral muscle. The Devils have a slew of young centermen, namely first-overall pick Nico Hischier and Mississauga Steelheads star Michael McLeod, but losing that veteran presence at the top of their lineup will be a huge blow. [All About The Jersey]
The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Latvian forward Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year extension with an AAV of $1.6 million. “After breaking out in 2014-15 under then-coach Ted Nolan, Girgensons has scored just seven goals in each of the past two seasons while playing in over 70 games each year. At this point, he appears to be a solid bottom-six player with limited upside, and this contract reflects just that.” [Die By The Blade]
The Pittsburgh Penguins currently have a vacancy at their third center position. But they’re not worried. “[I’m] more comfortable with [starting the season without a replacement for Nick Bonino] than trading for somebody where I’m not sure whether they can help us or not.” – Jim Rutherford [Puck Daddy]
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