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Quick Strikes for Thursday, June 18

Caution: tear jerking stories ahead. But, there's a funny at the end, so at least you'll leave smiling.

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  • The Tampa Bay Lightning have a page up listing their free agents. Speculate all you want about it, but first, we have the draft to get through. And the trades at the draft. Oh, the trades! [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Speaking of the draft, the Bolts have a list of when they get to pick this year. And, if you're into prospects, there are also links to additional Central Scouting rankings as well as NHL.com's mock draft. Welcome to your next chance at playing armchair GM. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Maybe you're not ready for this yet, I don't know, but here's Jason Garrison's last blog entry for NHL.com. And, yes, he wrote it right after Game 6. Don't forget the tissues. [NHL.com]
  • Do you still have those tissues handy? Because here's what Tampa Bay's locker room looked like immediately after Game 6. Again, if you're not ready for this one, either, then you may want to just move along. [Grantland]
  • If general manager Steve Yzerman tweaks the team in the right way, the Lightning could be back in the final sooner rather than later. So says...pretty much everybody, really. The future is bright, my friends. [SportsNet]
  • Obviously, there are articles like this popping up all over, but why not read another one? Here are some reasons why the Lightning will be, or perhaps already are, perennial contenders. So, yes, we may get to do this all over again very soon - and hopefully with a different result. [Vancouver Province]
  • What's the actual cost benefit of having a sports team in a city? Not much, as it turns out. But the cultural cost benefit is enormous. Not that anyone in Tampa doubted that the city was a hockey town, but now the entire world knows that, too. [Tampa Tribune]
  • As we all know, there are Bolts fans everywhere. (Hello from San Jose!) So how did a guy who lives in Edmonton become a Lightning blogger? Well, let me tell you, that's a story.... [The Lightning Lounge]
  • I think we all have had some pretty rotten trips in our lives, but this one has got to be worse than most. Mostly. I mean, he still did get to watch the game live, after all. [The Sporting News]
  • The question going around in the national media is, are the Chicago Blackhawks a dynasty after winning three Stanley Cups in six years? After some number crunching...yes. Yes, they are. [FiveThirtyEight]
  • I've had a number of people tell me that Alex Killorn, especially during playoffs and mostly fans of other teams, is a clutch player. But what if they're wrong? Not that Killorn isn't a clutch player, but that clutch players don't actually exist? [Puck Daddy]
  • Finally, Tyler Johnson and Andrei Vasilevskiy made a funny yesterday during their team picture - note the gloves: