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Quick Strikes for Sunday, June 21

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News and notes on the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, free agency, NHL trade rumors, the NWHL Draft, and more in Sunday's links.

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  • Mark Pukalo with a terrific year-end wrap-up for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were so close but yet so far from the NHL's ultimate prize (and with a look towards the future, as well). [HockeyTampa]
  • The celebrity presenter lineup for the NHL Awards in Las Vegas is ... thin on star power, to put it diplomatically. [Puck Daddy]
  • Lyle Richardson's rumor mill becomes especially relevant this time of year. [Spector's Hockey]
  • An intriguing suggestion for a simple rules change that could speed up the game of hockey and add scoring -- changing the icing line from the red line to the defensive blue. [The Hockey News]
  • On the subject of the rapidly-approaching NHL Entry Draft; Cody Nickolet has a mock draft up with Tampa Bay looking to add a power forward at 28th overall. [Dub From Above]
  • It's going to be a very, very strong year for American-born draftees. [Flames Nation]
  • Fantastic NHL draft guide to OHL propects; definitely a few names here to keep an eye on for Tampa Bay. [OHL Propects Blog]
  • Canadian goaltenders dominated the first ever NWHL draft. [InGoal]
  • More ripples from the AHL reshuffling -- the Norfolk Admirals lost their team; the Milwaukee Admirals are looking for a new rink. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]