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Quick Strikes for Sunday, September 7

Some Sunday morning reads, including a professional hockey player seeking his doctorate degree, an update on some Tampa Bay Lighting prospects, and a perhaps unpopular opinion on NHL expansion.

Bruce Bennett

  • Ronnie Shuker has a nice write-up of an interesting situation -- a professional player for the Coventry Blaze in the United Kingdom's top ice hockey league will continue to play while pursuing his doctorate degree at Coventry University. [The Hockey News]
  • Pitting prospective buyers against one another to manufacture a bidding war for a product you're selling is an old-as-dirt business tactic, but it's one that might get New York Islanders owner Charles Wang into some hot water. [Fortune]
  • While other camera-based technologies like SportVu have seen extensive use in sports like soccer and basketball, the NHL will soon begin experimenting with a different system that tracks player and puck movement with chips instead. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Puck Daddy has their 'Emoji Preview' of the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning season. We'll let slide that Matt Carle didn't actually play with Victor Hedman last year and that Matias Ohlund's LTIR cap relief will see the Lightning under the salary cap. [Puck Daddy]
  • Steven Stamkos is pretty good on the power play. [NHL.com]
  • The staff at Bolt Prospects has the third part of their "Who's Trending?" series up. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Fans of a team in a non-traditional market -- like Tampa Bay, for example -- might take umbrage with this opinion on NHL expansion. [Arctic Ice Hockey]