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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, January 27

You hear that? That's the sound of the NHL-engine being turned on! The league rumbles back to life after the All-Star break and here are some reads to start your game day morning.

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  • With a major marketing bonanza having taken place in Columbus over the weekend, the question of marketing surrounding one Mister Steven Stamkos was brought up by Joe Smith; why doesn't the NHL make sure people see Stamkos? [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Center Tyler Johnson is to be a game-time decision tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Johnson did not compete in the All-Star festivities in Columbus over the weekend and rested up. He practiced Monday with the Lightning. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The New York Islanders, who are flirting with the Eastern Conference lead (and have games in hand on Tampa Bay), have lost RW Kyle Okposo for 6 to 8 weeks due to injury. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • In one way or another, center Mike Richards is leaving the City of Angels. In a surprising bit of news, Richards was placed on the waiver wire Monday. All 29 other teams now have a chance to claim him. If the 29 year old clears waivers, he'll be reassigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. [Jewels from the Crown]
  • Is 2014 #1 overall draft selection Aaron Ekblad Calder Award worth? Someone thinks so. [Two Pad Stack]
  • Over the weekend, London Knights center and Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi had an amazing floater goal. [Next Impulse Sports]

  • Had you thought the NHL's mumps problem was over? Oh, no, that isn't the case at all. Just as Jaromir Jagr who has become the latest member of the New Jersey Devils to be hit with the bug. [NBC Sports]
  • "My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid that..." heard the Ottawa Senators put in an offer for the Edmonton Oilers' Taylor Hall! I guess it's pretty serious. [Sens Chirp]