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Quick Strikes for Friday, May 22

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Lots of updates on Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs + news and notes from around the NHL for your Friday links.

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  • More publicity for this guy, and less for the astronaut, okay? [NHL.com]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks lost the home ice advantage they'd stolen from the Anaheim Ducks by falling in Game 3. [Second City Hockey]
  • Are Tampa Bay Lightning fans being too accommodating? [Enlightning]
  • Steven Stamkos is "determined" to win a Stanley Cup with the Lightning, and the 2011 run to the Eastern Conference Finals taught him a lot. [Sportsnet]
  • New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault laughs off question of whether Henrik Lundqvist will start Game 4 after giving up 6 goals in back-to-back outings. [NY Post]
  • Mike Babcock dominated the news again as he accepted the head coaching gig for the Toronto Maple Leafs, moving from one Lightning division opponent to another. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Getting a new coach is one step, but the Leafs have to get better in the draft if they want to compete in today's NHL. [Spector's Hockey]
  • An insightful Q&A with the Leafs new coach, including his progressive thoughts on including analytics in his decision making process. [Maple Leafs Hot Stove]
  • First of many articles to float Babcock's hire as a building block towards Toronto luring Steven Stamkos in free agency next summer. Buckle up folks. Stammergeddon 2.0 is a-comin'. [Hockey Buzz]
  • Dumping the puck out of your own end is a dangerous thing to do. [JenLC13]