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Quick Strikes for Thursday, May 21

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Believe it or not, there was a lot of NHL news that came out yesterday that had absolutely nothing to do with playoffs.

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  • Here's a podcast that includes an interview of our own Kyle Alexander with ESPN Radio in Memphis, Tennessee, of all places. Yes, even there, they're interested in NHL playoff hockey. Awesome, isn't it? [ESPN Sports Radio]
  • And in case you missed Game 3 between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning - as if, I know - here's a quick reaction piece that went up right after the game. [ESPN]
  • Rumor out of Quebec has it that former Lightning head coach Guy Boucher may be the top candidate for the head coaching job with the New Jersey Devils. Remember, Lou Lamoriello is no longer the general manager of the team. Ray Shero is. [NJ.com]
  • Speaking of the Devils, longtime former goaltender Martin Brodeur is now an assistant general manager...with the St. Louis Blues. [Puck Daddy]
  • Outside of playoff hockey, the biggest news of the day came from the Toronto Maple Leafs. They hired former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, and signed him to a record-breaking deal. They still need a general manager, however. [Toronto Maple Leafs]
  • Steve Dangle is really, really happy that the Leafs got Babcock. Really happy. And really, I mean he's really very happy. Really. [SportsNet]
  • Here's a summary of the reactions from the Detroit side of things. [Kukla's Korner]
  • I think this is a hockey rant that most of us can relate to - how awful coverage of the sport really is. And, naturally, this is all Babcock's fault. Or the Leafs. We'll go with both, I guess? [reddit hockey]
  • Now that Todd McLellan has been exiled to named head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, he took some time to contact someone who would have some insight on what future Oilers draft pick Connor McDavid might have to deal with in transitioning to the NHL. So, naturally, he called up Sidney Crosby. So, wait, does this make McDavid the next Crosby or the next Gretzky? I'm confused. [The Score]
  • The Boston Bruins named a new general manager yesterday - Don Sweeney. Those fans that have been around for a while might recognize the name, as he used to be a defenseman for the Bruins, years ago. He has a to-do list already made up for his first day on the job. [Boston Globe]
  • Andrew Hammond re-signed with the Ottawa Senators, so we have three more years of Hamburglar jokes to listen to and make. Isn't that fun? [CBC Sports]