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Quick Strikes for Friday, August 22

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The Huffington Post tries to cover hockey, Tik makes an appearance, and the other Leiweke gets overlooked again.

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  • Steve Dangle weighs in on the ongoing, tiresome "stats debate" with some much-needed levity. [The Leafs Nation]
  • The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles released their final roster for the 2014-15 season; overage forward and Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick Cameron Darcy was not on it. The 20-year-old right winger, picked in the 7th round (185th overall) earlier this year, will instead begin his pro career, likely with either with the ECHL Florida Everblades or the Syracuse Crunch. [Cape Breton Eagles Official Site]
  • Ryan Lambert on the case of Sonny Milano and the choice junior-aged hockey players must make between the CHL and the NCAA. [Puck Daddy]
  • Emily Cornelius picks out five NHL players that will break out this year ... even though some of her picks already broke out ... and the Ducks haven't been "Mighty" since 2006 ... [Huffington Post]
  • Dustin Tokarski came in at #13 on this year's Top 25 Under 25 series over at SB Nation's Montreal Canadiens blog. Sidebar: not sure what I think of the "Toker" nickname. He'll always be Tik around these parts. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Our friends and comrades in Lightning blogging over at Lightning Shout contributed to Puck Daddy's "Summer of Disappointment" series. [Puck Daddy]
  • Corey Pronman re-considers his own talent evaluation system by looking back at recent drafts and picking the best player on his board at the 16th pick of each round. [Hockey Prospectus]
  • Cathal Kelly mourns the loss of Tim Leiweke as CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment: "For the past year, MLSE has been run as a function of one man's outsized personality. It can't just go back to being an insurance company that happens to own a hockey team. Troublingly, they also can't find another guy who exists at Mr. Leiweke's level, because such a person does not exist." Troublingly, indeed, as Kelly also fails to mention the existence of Tim's younger brother, Tod, who does many of the same things Tim did in Toronto for Tampa Bay. Only better. [The Globe and Mail]