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Quick Strikes for Saturday, June 20

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A week until the 2015 NHl draft, less than two weeks until the start of NHL free agency... Now starts a busy time for transactions and rumors around the league.

  • An annual rite of passage over at TSN is to issue the offseason game plans for all 30 franchises. The game plan for the Lightning is out, as summarized by Scott Cullen. [TSN]
  • I've witnessed some fans make bitter and peculiar remarks pointed at team captain Steven Stamkos and his offensive slump during the playoffs. Michael Stuart lays out a defense of #91, be it necessary or not. [Hockey Buzz]
  • We interrupt Quick Strikes to advertise our own Clark Brooks forthcoming endeavor to the comedy stage; an August show at Side Splitters Comedy Club. [Facebook]
  • With the Stanley Cup in hand comes the downside for the Blackhawks: Needing to purge money from the roster because of the lack of salary cap space. Patrick Sharp is the named linked to rumors of imminent departure via tradc. [Second City Hockey]
  • Meanwhile, north of the border, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jonathan Bernier may be going to arbitration. [CBS Sports]
  • Speaking of Toronto, Phil Kessel is supposedly on the market. Adam Gretz says the asking price is steep (and that's justified). [CBS Sports]
  • The guy who pushed Ben Bishop out with the Ottawa Senators, Robin Lehner, is being shopped by the Sens. His latest potential destination? Edmonton. [The Copper & Blue]
  • The ugly divorce in Arizona has something new that aids the city of Glendale in their divorce of the Coyotes: emails as evidence. [Five for Howling]
  • The Leafs and the Florida Panthers made a little swap Friday afternoon. [Litter Box Cats]
  • The NHL Awards will not have entertainment once again. Oh, sure, they'll have a show and entertainment attempts but it won't be actually entertaining. In part because of who won't be covering it. [Battle of California]