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Quick Strikes for Friday, March 27

Lots of Brayden Point analysis and news + updates from around the NHL as the regular season inches closer to its conclusion.

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  • Opposition recap of last night's 3-2 home loss to the Nashville Predators. [On the Forecheck]
  • Brayden Point signed an ELC with the Tampa Bay Lightning and an ATO with the Syracuse Crunch, where he will look to add a jolt of offense to a team looking to make a playoff run perhaps without offensive leader Vlad Namestnikov, who's contributing with the Lightning. [Syracuse.com]
  • Another write up on Point with thoughts on how he'll fit in with the Crunch and what he might succeed and struggle with in his first pro action. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Cristiano DiGiacinto is also joining the Crunch following the end of his major junior season, though his stay will be short-lived. [Syracuse.com]
  • Shots fired between Vincent Lecavalier's agent and Philadelphia Flyers' head coach Craig Berube, as this saga gets uglier and sadder by the minute. [The Score]
  • "Bankers ... said if the currency were to stay below 80 cents on the U.S. dollar, it could force the league to keep the salary cap flat next season. The cap is projected to rise a few million dollars per club, so if the Canadian dollar were to stay even or decline, that could affect player spending." [SBJ]
  • Ken Hitchcock's explanation for decreased scoring in today's NHL? The players all skate too well, reducing the opportunity to take advantage of misplays and odd-man rushes. [Empty Netters]
  • The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) is coming. [NWHL]
  • A reaction to the announcement of the NWHL's formation. [Watch this Hockey]
  • "The problem with team owners owning the media". Something to consider as more and more professional sports media comes under the control (and payroll) of the team they're supposed to be 'objectively' covering. [YouTube]