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Quick Strikes for Friday, December 5

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An update on Jeff Vinik’s plans for downtown Tampa, a press conference today in Edmonton and the end of a storied career for Daniel Alfredsson are just some of the links in our Quick Strikes for Friday.

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  • Former Lightning GM Jay Feaster certainly had a little bit of fun with the demise of the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night though. [ESPN]
  • Vladislav Namestnikov was merely a victim of a logjam when he was sent down to Syracuse by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. So it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back up in the NHL very soon. [Syracuse.com]
  • On the day the USF Board of Trustees announced their approval for relocation of the USF Morsani School of Medicine to downtown Tampa, Jeff Vinik said that he will reveal his "vision plan" for the downtown area on December 17. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Sidney Crosby and a couple of guys from Minnesota are on this list from Forbes of the highest paid players in the NHL. But there are some surprises. [Forbes]
  • The Edmonton Oilers are still losing (11 in a row) and Craig MacTavish is horrified. He is holding a press conference today to "address the Oilers' performance." [CBC]
  • Do we really need Craig MacTavish to tell us about the Oilers performance?  How about hockey trust Derek Zona and his crew over at Copper and Blue? They'll be more honest, forthright and come up with more productive answers. In this article, they're just displaying dread after the team's winless streak hit 11 games on Wednesday night. [Copper and Blue]
  • Four Washington State WHL teams may be in more trouble for violating child labor laws. [TSN]
  • This is a fantastic article on how all fans can do a better job to support women hockey fans. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Speaking of women and hockey, there's online voting for the CWHL All-Stars. [CWHL.ca]
  • After 17 years in Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson said farewell to fans in a pregame ceremony and one final pregame skate. Earlier in the day yesterday, the longtime Ottawa captain signed a one-day contract to officially retire as a Senator: