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Quick Strikes for Saturday, January 24

Tyler Johnson nearly walked away from hockey, now he'll be playing against Steven Stamkos in the 2015 NHL All-Star game. The 2015 trade deadline approaches and more.

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  • The NHL All-Star break isn't just a time to showcase the best in the game but it's also an opportunity to heal. Players bow out for the time off and others never get considered due to injuries. Meet the Injury Ninja All-Star team. [The Hockey Program]
  • Doing it all as an undersized center, Tyler Johnson still couldn't earn an opportunity with a pro club. It's hard to imagine that He who is good at The Hockey and 2015 NHL All-Star almost walked away from the game. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • As for the 2015 NHL All-Star teams themselves, the selections have been made and it would seem one Mister Steven Stamkos will play against one Mister Tyler Johnson in this year's event (in plain English: Stammer and Tyler are on opposing teams). [Puck Daddy]
  • Mark Barberio endures. He bides his time and when he gets his opportunity, he does what he can to make the most of it. A great feature on the defenseman. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Faceoff Circle praises the Lightning's line, who we like to call the TKO Trio, as the best line in hockey as part of their "Stuff You Should Know" article that rounds up facts and stories from around the NHL. [Faceoff Circle]
  • Meanwhile, the AHL rolls on and the Syracuse Crunch hand the Leigh Valley Phantoms a loss. []
  • It's a bit off topic but earlier this week, the Crunch announced a special guest attending an upcoming game at War Memorial: Pro-wrestling legend "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. []
  • Speculation, rumors and all that stuff are about to heat up as the 2015 NHL trade deadline approaches. Darren Dreger gives a rundown of some of the names that may very well be on the block and on the move before the deadline passes. []
  • The New York Islanders were in a dance for years upon years with the local government about getting Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum renovated, upgraded, or outright replaced. The Isles are moving to Brooklyn in the fall because they could never get changes in Uniondale. The politics of that farce still exist, with more promises of changes to the Coliseum. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • "David Clarkson is not a big goal-scorer. It also turns out that he cannot pass. In fact, he is one of the most inept play-makers and goal-creators of the modern NHL era. And his contract is why Dave Nonis should be beaten with a tire iron. More than once." [Pension Plan Puppets]