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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, January 13

Some news and analysis regarding the upcoming All-Star Game, a noticeable absence from Teemu Selanne’s jersey retirement ceremony, and bad breaks for a couple of NHL players.

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  • Joe Smith, Lightning beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, recently went on 620 WDAE to discuss the All-Star Game, the recent hard-fought win against Buffalo, and the selections of Tyler Johnson and Steven Stamkos to the All-Star roster. [620 WDAE]
  • Tyler Johnson had a pretty candid interview with Puck Daddy yesterday. He talked about everything from outscoring Steven Stamkos to The Interview. [Puck Daddy]
  • Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside discussed what could be done to inject fun back into the NHL All-Star Game. [ESPN]
  • Henri Ikonen wasn't going to let a fractured eye keep him from developing while playing for the Syracuse Crunch. In fact, while wearing a protective cage since the fight in which he was injured, the young forward has scored two goals for the Crunch. []
  • Sergei Bobrovsky just signed a hefty contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here is a detailed analysis of that new contract and just what it means for him and his club. [BS Hockey]
  • The ceremony for Teemu Selanne's jersey retirement in Anaheim was one to remember. But one person who was noticeably absent was Paul Kariya, Selanne's teammate for many years. Kariya retired in 2011 after sustaining multiple concussions throughout his career. [Puck Daddy]
  • Boston Bruins (and former Bolts) forward Simon Gagne has decided that he will not return to the NHL this season for personal reasons. He recently lost his father to a long illness. [Boston Bruins]
  • Olli Maatta can't catch a break this season. He recently had surgery for a cancerous tumor, then he fought off the mumps. Now, it looks like he is being shut down for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]