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Quick Strikes for Friday, February 27

An interview with Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, news and notes from pre-trade deadline deals and more from around the NHL.

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  • Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper was interviewed yesterday on FAN 590; he had a lot of insight on the Ondrej Palat-Tyler Johnson-Nikita Kucherov trio, Steven Stamkos' play, and being patient at the deadline and not forcing a move. Marco Perruzza (@Hope_Smoke) transcribed the interview on Twitter. [Storify]
  • If you prefer the audio instead: [Sportsnet]
  • Tampa Bay Lightning prospect D Johnathan MacLeod ranking in the SBN College Hockey Top 100 NHL prospects. [SBN College Hockey]
  • Making deals on the actual trade deadline is so passé. Dale Tallon lands Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils as the Florida Panthers continue to push to try and squeak into the playoffs this year. [Litter Box Cats]
  • "CLARKSON GONE FOREVER" (...worth it for the comments alone.) [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly "close" to completing a deal. You have to wonder -- with the injury to Patrick Kane -- if they aren't looking to add a forward. They visit the Lightning tonight at Amalie Arena. [NHL]
  • Speaking of the 'Hawks, according to the players, rumors of a pre-game dressing room fight are just rumors. [Second City Hockey]
  • Has the Andrej Sekera deal set the market for rental D? [Copper and Blue]
  • Roman Polak's name has been thrown around a lot as the deadline approaches. Would be he a good add? (No.) [Jewels from the Crown]
  • Warning: NBA link. Is it numbers or talent? "It's not about the purported clash of new-age analysis and old-school thinking. It's not about scouts vs. "stat guys" or some tortured debate over "gut" vs. data." [Bleacher Report]