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Quick Strikes for Thursday, November 19

Talking Joel Vermin, Travis Hamonic and the NY Islanders, injuries, trade rumors, and the All Star Game changes.

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  • What to expect from Joel Vermin [Bolt Prospects]
  • The New York Islanders are averaging the second-worst attendance in the league, but Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark isn't worried. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • For personal reasons, Travis Hamonic has asked for a trade from the Islanders to a Western Canadian team. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • It's been reported that Hamonic will first talk with his teammates, then the media, today. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • But what exactly will the Islanders want back for him? The Flames might be interested. [Flames Nation]
  • Making sense of the Matt Duchene rumors. [Leafs Nation]
  • Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins is out of the hospital and will be out 3-4 weeks after leaving Tuesday night's game. [Pensburgh]
  • The NHL has scrapped what many felt was the best part of the All Star Game weekend - the All Star Draft - in favor of a 3-on-3 divisional tournament [Yahoo! Sports]
  • The NHL All-Star Weekend lost its soul by killing the fantasy draft [SB Nation]
  • Never go full Canuck - they don't even know how to tank right. [Canucks Army]
  • The Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League will wear special Star Wars X-Wing pilot fighter helmets on their "Star Wars Night" [CBS Sports]
  • What should the Toronto Maple Leafs do with Frank Corrado? [Leafs Nation]
  • In its first weekend back from the Four Nations break, the CWHL featured a Boston-Brampton matchup, as well as a contest between the league's best teams, Les Canadiennes and Calgary. [Victory Press]