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Quick Strikes for Sunday, July 12

An interview with Andrei Vasilevskiy, some NHL free agency updates, and news and notes from the NHL and hockey at large for your Sunday links.

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  • THW has a nice interview with Andrei Vasilevskiy on looking ahead to his sophomore NHL season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Mike Stuart weighs in on the presumptive beginning of Stammergeddon 2.0. [The Lightning Lounge]
  • The Boston Bruins signed free agent defenseman Matt Irwin, formerly of the San Jose Sharks. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • Hockey, in July, in Buffalo. Eichel. Fever. [Die by the Blade]
  • Rob Vollman discussing the latest player movement in the NHL and the skill that is drawing penalties. [Sportsnet]
  • Who are the best two-way centers in the NHL over the past five years? An in-depth look. [Hockey Analysis]
  • The top 10 Europeans players making the jump to the NHL for the 2015-16 season. [McKeen's Hockey]
  • The average cost of a beer at a rink during the 2014-15 NHL season might surprise you. [Hooked on Hockey]
  • Andrew Desjardins found an interesting way to incorporate the Stanley Cup into his breakfast routine. [SB Nation]
  • SCH takes a look at the return the Chicago Blackhawks received for the Patrick Sharp trade; another trade made by the Hawks that everyone knew they had to make. [Second City Hockey]
  • Stephen Johns might be the best thing Chicago had to give up; the promising young defenseman heads to Dallas, who needs promising young defensemen wherever they can get them. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Looking at the newest set of AHL rule changes for the forthcoming season, and the frustrating inequality in games played between the teams that moved to California. [Chirps from Center Ice]