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Quick Strikes for Friday, June 12

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Profiling some of the stars of the Stanley Cup Final, NHL mock draft-ing + more news and notes from around the NHL in Friday's links.

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  • While the Triplets line continues to draw a lot of deserved attention for their big contributions at such a young age, it's not like the Chicago Blackhawks are a team full of greybeards. Brandon Saad is 22 and a key to the Hawks success this season and in this series. [Second City Hockey]
  • Dobber's latest ramblings has some thoughts on Tampa Bay Lightning "role players" Ryan Callahan and Valtteri Filppula, who have transitioned seamlessly into supporting roles with the emergence of the Triplets line. [Dobber Hockey]
  • Chicago is drawing more and more black fans to United Center. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Point: Andrew Astleford argues the Lightning should ride Ben Bishop, healthy or not. [Fox Sports Florida]
  • Counterpoint: Tom Jones says Andrei Vasilevskiy's time is now. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • This story about Ondrej Palat, Pavel Kubina, and the 2004 Stanley Cup is pretty remarkable. [Sportsnet]
  • Beyond the Cup Final lies the NHL draft. SB Nation's mock draft has begun in earnest. Follow along -- Raw Charge selects 28th with the pick originally belonging to Blueshirt Banter. [SB Nation]
  • Beyond the draft lies free agency, an area of team building Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has excelled in. [Bleacher Report]
  • Might the Edmonton Oilers poach Mark Barberio, still sitting for Tampa Bay, this summer? It's possible as the Oil look to retool once again. [Copper and Blue]
  • The Glendale City Council/Arizona Coyotes situation has a lot of moving parts, but Cat Silverman has you covered with a full write-up of the meeting where the council voted to void the lease agreement with IceArizona. [Today's Slapshot]
  • An Islanders, on the other hand, have comforts of knowing what's on the horizon (Brooklyn). [Islanders Point Blank]
  • Long Island isn't just losing one team to Brooklyn -- the NWHL franchise in the tri-state area will also make the move. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The NHL blackouts lawsuit has been resolved, and Gamecenter Live will include new plans next season as a result. [The Hockey News]